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RCAF Malta.

RCAF Malta.
Author: sm (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:22:58 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Post:
Can any one help,

A few days ago I received a letter from a Canadian seeking any information on a RCAF Airman friend, By the Name Sgt Rip Mutch who served in No 249 Squadron in Malta (No Date given) he goes on to say he thinks that he was Killed in a Wellington which crashed whilst landing at Gibraltar when he was returning back to the UK for R&R.

SEAN



RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:15:16 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Post:
Hi Sean

On the 31st of October 1942, R78682 Flight Sergeant Charles Edward Mutch of Clinton Ontario and R68649 Warrant Officer 2nd Class Rupert Henry Davey of Fort William Ontario, were the pilots of a Consolidated Liberator (either a Mk. I or a Mk. II)of No. 511 (T) Squadron that crashed into water just short of Gibraltor. The plane was heading back to England with forty passengers, many of them tour-expired R.A.F. fighter pilots. It is interesting to note, that the squadron had only been operating the Libby for a few weeks since the squadron was formed at R.A.F. Station Lyneham, Wiltshire on the 10th of October 1942.

I have a certain amount of detail pertaining to the crash. If you'd like it, send me an e-mail to my home e-mail address:

ccharland.A T.cogeco.ca

Cheers...Chris


RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: HughAHalliday
Time Stamp:
19:16:50 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Post:
This appears to be Flight Sergeant Charles Edward Mutch, of Clinton, Ontario, killed 31 October 1942 in the crash of Liberator AL516 of No.511 Squadron, Gibraltar.

Brian Cull ("249 at War") mentiond only that Mutch arrived in Malta 9 June 1942 after flying off HMS Eagle. This is confirmed by Christ Shores ("Malta: the Spitfire Year, 1942") whose only other mention of him is his death in the Liberator crash.


RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: Peter
Time Stamp:
19:23:43 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Post:
re Liberator AL516. This was a MkII liberator, one of 86 delivered between September 1941 and May 1942.


RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: HughAHalliday
Time Stamp:
19:36:46 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Post:
[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON 20-May-03 AT 07:40 PM (GMT)[/font][p]Shores, in "Malta: The Spitfire Year", lists the crew and passengers of AL516 - he identifies F/L R. Walton (injured) as pilot and P/O E.J. Saunders (unhurt) as 2nd pilot. Mutch is listed as a passanger, as is Davey (whom Shores repeatedly mentions as "K.H. Davey" and fails to link to the RCAF). It would be odd if either Davey or Mutch had been in the Liberator crew, as both were Spitfire pilots in Malta (Mutch with No.249 Squadron and Davey with No.126 Squadron). Shores also identifies 26 survivors (six crew, 18 other service personnel and two civilians).


RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:27:08 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Post:
Hi Hugh

Chalk up another error for 'They Shall Not Grow Old'. It said that Mutch and Davey were the pilots of the ill fated Liberator.

Ho hum!

Cheers...Chris



RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:34:36 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Post:
Hi All

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that both Mutch and Davey were members of No. 511 (T) Squadron at the time of their deaths. I do not know why I did not check this source earlier.

Cheers...Chris


RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: sm (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:35:14 Saturday, May 31, 2003
Post:
Hi all

Thank you all for your help, I will pass the information on

sean


RE: RCAF Malta.
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:56:38 Thursday, February 6, 2003
Post:
A few tid bits about Charles Mutch:

Born Feb.14, 1919(Clinton, Ont.) , he enlisted in London, Ont.(November 1940) and received his initial training at Crumlin(?) and Camp Borden. He attended public school in Cinton and the Clinton Collegiate Institute. He was later the proprieter of a small retail business.

At least one of his brothers, William, was also in the RCAF.

(floyd)