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61 OTU and the making of a Gladiator film 1943

61 OTU and the making of a Gladiator film 1943
Author: alexcrawford
Time Stamp:
19:27:12 11 July 2007
Post:
Hi,

Would anyone have the ORB for 61 OTU from November 1943 until January 1944?

Gloster Galdiators from this unit were used to make a film entitled either 'Signed with their Honour' or 'Air War over Greece'.

Three pilots who took aprt in the filming were Flt Lt's R G Kleinmeyer, K Baghe and Reginald Jack Hyde. In November Kleinmeyer and Baghe collided with the loss of K7927 and K8045.

Any help would be appreciated.

Regards,

Alex



RE: 61 OTU and the making of a Gladiator film 1943
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:42:24 11 July 2007
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Alex,

I don't have the ORB but two of the above mentioned 'actors' were New Zealanders (Peter Jackson is not our only claim to fame on the movie front!).

From Gp Capt C M Hanson's 'By Such Deeds - Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force 1923-1999' (pub by me in 2001 under the Volplane Press imprint):

KLEIMEYER, Flight Lieutenant Robert Gordon, DFC.

NZ411985; Born Toowoomba, Queensland, 27 Sep 1917; RNZAF 23 Mar 1941 to 3 May 1947; Pilot.

Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (Imm) (8 May 1945): [129 Sqn RAF (Mustang)] This officer is a highly efficient flight commander. He has taken part in a very large number of sorties including many armed reconnaissances and escorts to bomber formations. He has at all times displayed the greatest keenness and has set a fine example of devotion to duty.

Credited with the destruction of 7%BD V-1s, he also flew with 41 Sqn RAF (Spitfire), 485 Sqn RNZAF (Spitfire) and 611 Sqn RAF (Spitfire/Mustang).

Has since died - on 6 Apr 02.

HYDE, Wing Commander Reginald Jack, AFC, AE, mid(2), (bbc). NZ2440; Born Islington, 21 Dec 1913; RAFVR 2 Jul 1938 to 31 Jan 1945, 741834 & 115301; RNZAF 1 Feb 1945 to 29 Dec 1945; Pilot.

Citation Mention in Despatches (1) (NY1942): For distinguished service with 52 OTU RAF.

Citation Air Force Cross (NY1945): Extracts only available - Squadron Leader Hyde is an officer with a long and outstanding record of flying service. Joining the RAF Volunteer Reserve as an aircraftman in July 1938, he was mobilised on the outbreak of war and posted on attachment to the Fleet Air Arm (No 769 Fighter Squadron). A pilot of more than average ability, Squadron Leader Hyde flew a wide variety of aircraft types and saw service at the epic of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and in the defence of Malta. He was mentioned in despatches in 1942....As a flying instructor, as a test pilot flying Typhoons, and as a Flight Commander on operations - to mention only a few of his subsequent appointments - Squadron Leader Hyde revealed consistently exceptional ability and resourcefulness. In the later stages of the war he took a prominent part in the rocket warfare campaign and in 1945 he commanded a rocket and gunnery squadron.

Citation Mention in Despatches (2) (NY1946): For distinguished service with 59 OTU RAF.

Air Efficiency Award - c.Sep 1945. Awarded for service with the RAFVR.

During the Battle of Britain flew with 66 Sqn RAF (Spitfire).

WWII Fighter Ace. Credited with the destruction of five enemy aircraft and one damaged, whilst serving with 261 Sqn RAF (Hurricane), on Malta; also one probable with 197 Sqn RAF (Typhoon). Earlier, he had been one of the first pilots to have flown Hurricanes off HMS ARGUS to Malta. He also flew Gladiator, Swordfish, Spitfire, Typhoon and Tempest aircraft. Died Christchurch, 26 Mar 1985.

Also, according to Ken Wynn's 'A Clasp for the Few', "Hyde left the %7B197%7D squadron in October 1943 and spent three months at an aerodrome on the Welsh border flying Gladiators for the film 'Signed with their Honour', a story of the RAF in Greece in 1941."

Errol


RE: 61 OTU and the making of a Gladiator film 1943
Author: tomthorne83
Time Stamp:
12:17:35 12 July 2007
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Hi Alex, i have the ORB. I have also researched the crashes you talk about so you might want to get in touch at tomthorne83ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk

You might be interested by this website to:

http://www.ezraysnet.co.uk/bhaa/crash12.html

Cheers, Tom


RE: 61 OTU and the making of a Gladiator film 1943
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
14:13:32 12 July 2007
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The entry under 'Jim Body' on this web page states that the film was uncompleted.

http://www.bscine.com/html/members-past.html

Regards

DaveW


RE: 61 OTU and the making of a Gladiator film 1943
Author: alexcrawford
Time Stamp:
16:03:50 12 July 2007
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Hi Errol,

Thanks for the additional info on Kleimeyer and Hyde.

Tom,

Email on its way.

Dave,

Thanks for the info in Jim Body, every little helps, as they say.

Alex