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 Fortress I AN523


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  16 Aug 41 Aircraft Name  Fortress I Serial Number  AN523
Unit  90 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  UK
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Source Henk Welting's Database

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8357Sergeant H Needle, Sergeant S Ambrose: killed; Flight Sergeant M J Leahy: died of injuries; Flight Sergeant N F T Goldsmith: injured; Pilot Officer F W Sturmey, Pilot Officer T Franks, Pilot Officer A J Mulligan: uninjured; aircraft crashed at RAF Roborough on return from operational flight over Brest Harbour, France, enemy action, Flying Fortress AN523, 90 Squadron, 15 August 1941.C16924199

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Fortress I AN523

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantSidney AMBROSE (646435) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Fortress I AN523  AIR81/8357 1941-08-1690 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWillesden New Cemetery
Flight SergeantMichael John LEAHY (647891) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Fortress I AN523  AIR81/8357 1941-08-1690 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomNewcastle-Under-Lyme Cemetery
SergeantHarold NEEDLE (983086) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Fortress I AN523  AIR81/8357 1941-08-1690 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomGolborne (St. Thomas) Churchya


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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
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
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]http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/8875/[/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]http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/11363.php[/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


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