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Fortress I AN522 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Fortress I AN522

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AIR81/7095Flight Lieutenant J B W Humpherson, Captain F Bradley (United States Army Air Corps), Flying Officer J C M Hawley, Sergeant G K Garwood, Sergeant T J Wills (RCAF), Squadron Leader D A H Robson, Sergeant P Black: killed; Flight Lieutenant Stuart W K: uninjured; aircraft broke up in the air while carrying out altitude tests, Boeing 17C AN522 Flying Fortress, 90 Squadron, 22 June 1941. With photographs.C16756392

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Fortress I AN522

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantHorace Philip BLACK (915945) Observer Fortress I AN522  AIR81/7095 1941-06-2290 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomCatterick Cemetery
Flight SergeantGeorge James GARWOOD (701916) Wireless Operator Fortress I AN522  AIR81/7095 1941-06-2290 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomCatterick Cemetery
Flying OfficerJohn Charles Michael HAWLEY (42002) Pilot Fortress I AN522  AIR81/7095 1941-06-2290 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomDishforth Cemetery
Flight LieutenantJohn Bernard William HUMPHERSON (39317) Pilot Fortress I AN522  AIR81/7095 1941-06-2290 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomHeslington (St. Paul) Churchya
Squadron LeaderDavid Alan Hope ROBSON (23394) Fortress I AN522  AIR81/7095 1941-06-2290 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomCatterick Cemetery
SergeantThomas James WILLS (R/53359) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Fortress I AN522  AIR81/7095 1941-06-2290 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomCatterick Cemetery

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90 Squadron Flying Fortress MK1Hi All: Here is the list. I realize it's not totally satisfying as it only contains ranks and surnames. Hopefully Colin can recognize some. AN518 F/O Uprichards AN519 F/O Tacon AN520 F/O Fleming AN521 F/L Bailey AN522 F/L Ring AN523 P/O Fitchen AN524 S/L Gates AN525 F/L Thomas AN526 F/O James AN527 F/L Biddle AN528 S/L Foulsham AN529 F/L Clark, RNZAF AN530 Capt Hunter AN531 F/L Ross AN532 F/O Llwellyn AN533 S/L Winn AN534 F/L Bulloch AN535 F/L Barclay AN536 Capt White AN537 P/O Crook This was not the delivery sequence - I have the dates if anyone is interested. I have more details on Gates and I believe Ross was a staff pilot at Dorval. The listing came from research done by Peter Berry at TNA. Regards: Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 17th February 2010 12:07:48
90 Squadron Flying Fortress MK1Here they are - all were overnight flights and took between nine and eleven hours: AN531 F/L Ross 13-Apr-41 14-Apr-41 Gander-Ayr AN534 F/L Bulloch 13-Apr-41 14-Apr-41 Gander-Ayr AN529 F/L Clark, RNZAF 15-Apr-41 16-Apr-41 Gander-Ayr AN521 F/L Bailey 19-Apr-41 20-Apr-41 Gander-Ayr AN527 F/L Biddle 7-May-41 8-May-41 Gander-Prestwick AN537 P/O Crook 11-May-41 11-May-41 Gander-Ayr AN520 F/O Fleming 14-May-41 15-May-41 Gander-Ayr AN522 F/L Ring 14-May-41 15-May-41 Gander-Ayr AN533 S/L Winn 14-May-41 15-May-41 Gander-Ayr AN523 P/O Fitchen 15-May-41 16-May-41 Gander-Prestwick AN519 F/O Tacon 17-May-41 18-May-41 Gander-Prestwick AN535 F/L Barclay 18-May-41 18-May-41 Gander-Prestwick AN524 S/L Gates 21-May-41 22-May-41 Gander-Ayr AN526 F/O James 21-May-41 22-May-41 Gander-Squires Gate AN536 Capt White 22-May-41 23-May-41 Gander-Ayr AN528 S/L Foulsham 23-May-41 24-May-41 Gander-Leuchers AN525 F/L Thomas 26-May-41 27-May-41 Gander-Ayr AN530 Capt Hunter 26-May-41 27-May-41 Gander-Prestwick AN532 F/O Llewellyn 27-May-41 28-May-41 Gander-Prestwick AN518 F/O Uprichards 13-Jun-41 14-Jun-41 Gander-Ayr Of course there is always a little wrinkle... A supplementary sheet with the movement card for AN521 says *it* was the first to be delivered (with AN534). It also says it was flown by one "Major Walshe, USAAF", who I understand became head adviser to 90 Squadron crews, albeit unofficially as the US was still not at war. Have seen other sources quote AN521 as the first across. Not sure if the error is on the movement card second sheet or in the TNA file but the entry on the movement card sheet was almost certainly made later (the USAAC became the USAAF two months later in June 1941) and is perhaps more likely in error. [See posting #24 for confirmation of AN534 and AN531 as first delivered] I have a copy of S/L Gates' logbook somewhere and will look up which unit he was with prior to delivering AN534. Regards: Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 17th February 2010 08:12:10
AiB AVIA Class ReportsThis file is in better condition in the TNA. More files have photos and the extent of report is expanded from those previously in AVIA5/19 Far fewer mistakes in aircraft serial transcription AA759 Spitfire V 22/10/1941 W1129 AA801 Spitfire IV 29/10/1941 W1132 AB646 Oxford II 30/11/1941 W1149 AB693 Oxford II 20/09/1941 W1111 AH432 Havoc II 21/11/1941 W1143 AH582 Airacobra I ??/10/1941 W1125 AH847 Tomahawk Ia 20/10/1941 W1126 AH856 Tomahawk Ia 31/05/1941 W1031 AH888 Tomahawk Iia 30/04/1941 W1015 AH922 Tomahawk IIa 11/09/1941 W1105A AL562 Liberator II 23/11/1941 W1146 AM260 Liberator I 14/08/1941 W1089 AM261 Liberator I 10/08/1941 W1086a AM915 Liberator I 01/09/1941 W1100 AN522 Fortress I 22/06/1941 W1048 AN534 Fortress I 28/07/1941 W1072 AN536 Fortress I 09/01/1942 W1165 AP475 Oxford II 07/02/1942 W1177 AR671 Mohawk IV 30/01/1942 W1175 AW209 Beaufort I 29/07/1941 W1072a AW215 Beaufort I ??/06/1941 W1040 AW395 Havoc I 26/01/1942 W1171 AW850 Anson I 13/01/1942 W1169 BB912 Havoc I 22/04/1941 W1010 BD786 Hurricane Iib 30/08/1941 W1097 BJ494 Havoc I 29/09/1941 W1115 BL407 Spitfire V 24/12/1941 W1159 BL432 Spitfire V 14/02/1942 W1180 BL480 Spitfire V ??/01/1942 W1174 BL491 Spitfire V 08/03/1942 W1191 BL538 Spitfire V 09/03/1942 W1190 BL568 Spitfire V 10/01/1942 W1167 BT488 Hotspur II 19/12/1941 W1157 HM178 Argus I 15/03/1942 W1196 K5608 Shark II 24/02/1942 W1183 K6110 Tutor I 07/09/1941 W1103 L2887 Skua II 15/05/1941 W1023a L3152 Roc 30/07/1941 W1076a L3284 Henley I 03/06/1941 W1032 L4297 Wellington I 29/04/1941 W1013 L4575 Oxford I 05/05/1941 W1019 L4622 Oxford I 15/11/1941 W1139 L4636 Oxford I 25/10/1941 W1130 L4851 Blenheim IV 01/07/1941 W1055 L5964 Magister I 08/12/1941 W1152 L6195 Botha I 18/11/1941 W1140 L6396 Botha I 11/03/1942 W1194 L6449 Botha I 10/06/1941 W1038a L6750 Blenheim I 24/01/1942 W1173 L6845 Whirlwind P 11/06/1941 W1039 L7248 Lerwick I 21/10/1941 W1127 L7300 Manchester I 23/11/1941 W1144 L7310 Manchester I 21/06/1941 W1046 L7315 Manchester I 29/06/1941 W1053 L7318 Manchester I 15/09/1941 W1107 L7428 Manchester I 18/11/1941 W1141 L7863 Wellington Ic 06/01/1942 W1163 L8084 Magister I 25/06/1941 W1051 L8164 Magister I 11/12/1941 W1153 L9567 Halifax 14/09/1941 W1106a L9652 Oxford I 14/09/1941 W1005 L9935 Beaufort I 07/02/1942 W1178 N1474 Whitley V 17/06/1941 W1042 N3286 Spitfire I 15/08/1941 W1090 N3627 Blenheim IV 08/08/1941 W1086 N3935 Magister I 05/06/1941 W1034 N4563 Oxford I 04/05/1941 W1018 N5453 DH.82 Tiger Moth II 07/07/1941 W1058 N6019 Stirling I 08/05/1941 W1020 N6087 Stirling I 18/11/1941 W1142 N6431 Oxford II 30/01/1942 W1176 N6595 DH.82 Tiger Moth II 17/09/1941 W1108 N7574 Master I 25/09/1941 W1112b N7581 Master I 30/08/1941 W1098 N7704 Master I 07/06/1941 W1035 N7765 Master I 25/09/1941 W1113 N7927 Master I 14/05/1941 W1022 N7996 Master I 17/03/1942 W1199a N9318 DH.82 Tiger Moth II ??/06/1941 W1037 N9643 Anson I 22/04/1941 W1009 N9817 Anson I 15/05/1941 W1023 P1294 Hampden I 30/10/1941 W1133 P1368 Albemarle I 28/02/194 ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 11th November 2011 11:47:59
W/C Ring, RAF BensonI shall be keenly interested in any more information that comes to light, assuming this is your man: RING, F/L Spencer Leonard (39031) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Photographic Development Unit, Heston - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 30 July 1940. Born in Regina, 20 September 1910; home there; married in UK. Appointed Acting Pilot Officer on Probation, RAF, 24 August 1938. Served with No.12 Squadron, 2 September 1939 to 21 February 1940; with PDU, 21 February to 27 December 1940. Subsequent career uncertain, although he appears to have been with Ferry Command, March to July 1941, delivering B-17 AN522 (April-May 1941), Liberator AM260 (June 1941), Liberator AM262 (June 1941) and Hudson AM762 (June 1941). Specifically listed in AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941 as a Canadian in the RAF who had been decorated as of that date. Air Ministry Bulletin 1251 refers. No citation other than "for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations". Originally recommended 14 July 1940. Public Records Office Air 2/6085 (Non-Immediate Awards, 1940-1941) has recommended citation: This officer has carried out over twenty operational flights from Heston and several from bases in France. All were undertaken in unarmed, single-engined aircraft without W/T at very great altitudes often in bad weather. His success is due to his skill and determination as a pilot. RING, W/C Spencer Leonard (39031) - Air Medal (United States) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944. ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 5th January 2013 07:11:49
Climbs in large aircraft above 10/10 cloudPerhaps the explanation lies with the words "aircraft of this type". An analysis of Fortress I losses of the RAF reveals that 90 Squadron lost 3 aircraft and 19 crew in cloud: AN522 broke up in cumulo-nimbus cloud 22/6/1941 AN534 broke up in turbulence 28/7/1941 AN536 broke up in cloud 9/1/1942 So until it was sure that the Fortress II did not do the same, a restriction was placed? ....Read More.Sean Welch on 12th June 2013 12:40:41
90 Squadron Flying Fortress MK1Wonder if anyone can help with first names of pilots and copilots for the Fortress I deliveries, full list as follows ('ranks' are as quoted in the Gander Watch Log): AN534 F/L Terence M Bullock, F/O Ian C Patterson AN531 F/L Donald G Ross, S/P Sherwood AN529 F/L Clark, P/O Maudsley AN521 F/L Bailey, F/O Baudaux AN527 F/L Biddle, Sgt Wood AN537 P/O Crook, F/O Graham AN533 S/L Winn, F/P Penderson AN522 F/L Ring, F/O Gerald Wooll AN520 F/L Womersley, F/O Robert Fleming AN523 P/O Fitchen, P/O Summers AN519 F/O Tacon, F/O Edser AN535 F/L Barclay, F/O Coles AN526 F/O James, F/O Long AN524 S/L Richard T Gates, F/O Rust AN536 Capt White, F/O Sandford AN528 S/L Foulsham, F/O Jeremian AN530 Capt Hunter, F/O Furoy AN525 F/L Thomas, Sgt Kitson AN532 F/O Llewellyn, S/L Cummings AN518 F/O Uprichards, F/O Richards Thanks in advance: Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 23rd October 2013 04:56:47
Report 22 June 1941 Boeing into Massed Cumulus RAE J B W Humpherson & W K Stewart?I must have been thinking of a similar incident, Mark, as I still can't find what I was seeking. The aircraft was AN522 and I think there was something about the accident in a 1974 issue of Air International (Taylor, H. A., "Fiasco or Foretaste?", Air International, Bromley, Kent, UK, December 1974, Volume 7, Number 6, p. 280). Brian ....Read More.Lyffe on 25th November 2014 06:07:49
Report 22 June 1941 Boeing into Massed Cumulus RAE J B W Humpherson & W K Stewart?I assume you've seen this, Mark, which appears to be based on the AVIA file in the NA: [url][/url]. Brian ....Read More.Lyffe on 25th November 2014 07:20:16
Report 22 June 1941 Boeing into Massed Cumulus RAE J B W Humpherson & W K Stewart?Hi Mark: The AM Form 59 simply states that AN522 was on strength with 90 Sqn at the time and that it had accumulated 64.50 flying hours. The AIR International article briefly summarizes the contents of the link Brian provided. According to an article by Roger Freeman, writing under the pseudonym Lee Gover, co-pilot 1st Lt Follett Bradley Jnr was the first member of the USAAF to be killed on active service during the Second World War. Nothing new there otherwise. Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 26th November 2014 08:27:46
Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwerAll I have been asked to Identify a few individuals involved with early B-17 Operations in the RAF 1) USAAC Liaison Officer Capt then Major 'Mike' Walsh with 90 Sqn in 1941. He is Major "Walshe" in the 90 Sqn ORB He has also been quoted as "Major [I]James[/I] "Mike" Walsh" in at least one published source It is actually Major Birrell “Mike” Walsh #018109 Born Dakota 7 June 1907. Died Feb 10, 1945 [url][/url] 2) I have been trying to identify a 90 Sqn pilot P/O J M Taylor in the Summer/Autumn 1941 who subsequently was posted to 220 Sqn Detachment in Egypt around Feb 1942 and was then made a F/O Acting I think this is highly likely to be James Morell TAYLOR 102971 ex 968177 Born Belfast 1921 Note: He is listed incorrectly on some AFL as James Maxell Taylor He was P/O 27. 6.41 and F/O 27 June 1942 so the dates 'Match' - But would like confirmation if possible 3) 90 Sqn Commander S/Ldr McLaren joined 90 Sqn from 13 OTU Bicester as a Flight Commander 23-5-1941 Can anyone please confirm that he is actually Archibald Duncan. MCLAREN #41440, Died 1951 D.F.C. and MID He was awarded DFC June 6th 1941 as Acting Flight Lieutenant with 101 Sqn? He may have later commanded the 220 Squadron Detachment in Egypt. Can anyone help? [url][/url] Or suggest who S/Ldr McLaren is? 4) Finally can anyone suggest full names/service numbers for the captains on the Fortress I delivery flights from Gander May to mid-June 1941? Note: I think these would ALL be highly experience Bomber/Coastal Pilots (note Ranks) - Even the P/O would be commissioned Sergeant Pilots with years of experience AN527 F/Lt Biddle [B]NOT [/B]Eric Arthur BIDDLE #21190 --> See Later AN537 P/O Crook -> Possibly 44550 C. N. . PO 9. 8.40 -> 580015 Cyril Norman CROOK ( 44550). AN533 S/Ldr Winn Raymond Ivor Burgess WINN #29224 AN522 F/Lt Ring -> 39031 Spencer Leonard RING, D.F.C. ( 39031). FL 3 9.40 AN520 F/Lt Womersley -> 37439 WomersIey.A.L. FL 21. 5.40 ? Albert Leslie WOMERSLEY AN523 P/O Fitchen -> ? Probably 44866 Fitchew, E. E. PO 16. 10.40 -- 562095 Ernest Edwin FITCHEW ( 44866). AN535 F/Lt Barclay AN526 F/O James AN528 S/Ldr Foulsham -> 37347 FL 7.5.40 James FOULSHAM ( 37347). AN525 S/Ldr Thomas AN532 F/O Llewellyn AN518 F/O Uprichard -- 43125 Uprichard, W. J FO 1. 4.41 -> William Jervase UPRICHARD D.F.C.- > 563272 William Jervase UPRICHARD ( 43125 - No. 51 Squadron. April 1941 Many Thanks Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 3rd March 2017 05:35:46
Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwerRob Couple of others Note Spellings AN525 S/Ldr James Bayly Protheroe Thomas 34031 Not "James Bailey/Bayley" There is some confusion on his first Name some FL have JOHN However, I think... Births Jun 1911 (>99%) ________________________________________ Thomas James B P Haverfordwest 11a 1436 AN522 F/Lt Spencer Leonard Ring Not Spencer "K" Regards Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 16th March 2017 05:54:32
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Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwerThanks again, Paul. Sadly, F/Sgt Hamish Mennie (AN522 ferry crew) died on Jan 10, 1942, while bailing out of AN521 in Egypt. Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 18th March 2017 07:58:29

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