|F/L Sleep 411 Sqdn. 9 November 1945||The information below is from http://airforce.ca/uploads/airforce/2009/07/ALPHA-SI.html
SLEEP, F/L Kenneth Stephen (J9483) - Mention in Despatches - No.402 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Lindsay, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). With No.402 Squadron he shot down a Ju.88 on 8 February 1945 and shared in half a damaged claim (Me.262 on 25 February 1945). He was credited with 10 MET destroyed and 51 damaged, 12 locomotives destroyed and 25 damaged, and some 1,479 flying hours. Killed in flying accident while CO of "B" Flight, No.411 Squadron, 1 December 1945 (Spitfire NH899). Buried in Germany.
Further information is on http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p081.htm
NH899 FRXIV KEA G65 29MU 24-3-45 414S 26-4-45 411S 27-9-45 Dived into sea off Romo Island 1-12-45
Martyn ....Read More.||Martyn A Critchlow on 14th August 2009 02:02:41|
|F/L Sleep 411 Sqdn. 9 November 1945||I have been able to expand on this entry, although the revisions are not yet on-line:
SLEEP, F/L Kenneth Stephen (J9483) - Mention in Despatches - No.402 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Born 19 November 1922 in Lindsay, Ontario; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS, Victoriaville (graduated 8 August 1941), No.4 EFTS, Windsor Mills (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS, Sumerside (graduated and commissioned 19 December 1941). To Central Flying School, Trenton, 21 December 1941; to No.13 SFTS, St,Hubert, to instruct, 28 March 1942. Promoted Flying Officer, 1 October 1942. Struck off strength of No.13 SFTS, 28 February 1943 on posting to "Y" Depot. Disembarked in Britain, 4 April 1943. To No.17 (P) AFU, 18 May 1943. To No.53 OTU, 13 July 1943. To No.402 Squadron, 14 October 1943. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 19 December 1943. With No.402 Squadron he shot down a Ju.88 on 8 February 1945 and shared in half a damaged claim (Me.262 on 25 February 1945). He was credited with 10 MET destroyed and 51 damaged, 12 locomotives destroyed and 25 damaged, and some 1,479 flying hours. Remained with that unit until 2 April 1945 when returned to Britain on completion of tour. To No.58 OTU, 25 April 1945; to No.19 Aircrew Holding Unit, 13 June 1945. To No.411 Squadron, 16 September 1945. Killed in flying accident while CO of "B" Flight, No.411 Squadron, 1 December 1945 (Spitfire NH899). Buried in Germany.
On 3 March 1943, F/L M. Gagnon of No.13 SFTS wrote of him:
"This officer is young and needs to be supervised in his work. He has shown great improvement in the last four months and has done nice work as an instructor."
On 23 May 1945 W.C G.W. Northcott wrote of him:
"F/L Sleep was Acting C.O. on two occasions for some weeks. During this time he showed outstanding leadership and initiative. He took the extra responsibility with ease and showed great promise as a squadron commander."
On the day of his death he had gone from No.411 Squadron Base, Utersen to collect the unit's mail. He was reported overdue and then the aircraft wreckage was found by a Danish patrol boat close to shore of the island of Rome, north of Sylt. He had apparently overshot Sylt aerodrome from B.174, Utersen and was seen orbiting the dam at Rome at 300 feet. As he set course for the mainland, the nose was seen to drop and the aircraft went into the sea with engine running normally. Visibility was hazy at the time. S/L B.E. Innes wrote, "There is no apparent cause for this accident. A possibly explanation is that the pilot while setting his compass lost track of height and hit the sea." At the time of his death he was reported to have flown 300 hours on Spitfires and 1,178 hours 50 minutes on all types. ....Read More.||HughAHalliday on 14th August 2009 08:40:00|
|Westland Wapiti Losses in India - Aircrew Information Request||I am currently involved in a project related to chronicling the histories of various Westland Wapitis that served with the RAF and the IAF in India.
Unfortunately the ORBs related to various units are complete only from June 1942 onwards and anything prior to that is a great mystery. While I have been able to find out details of some accidents. I do not have the crew details for the following examples. Can our forum members help if they know the names of the pilots or aircrew?
J9383 II 1942-12-23 dbr ground
J9483 II 1942-03-31 31.3.42 accident Patna, UC Collapsed on Landing
J9496 II 1942-05-20 Taxied downwind in high speed into AudaxK5569 at Drigh Road 20.5.42
J9633 II 1939-05-10 Cr ??
J9716 II 1942-05-18 Ratnagar Log 1 ATU Cr while towing drogue
J9731 V 1942-08-11 Cr Madras 8-10-42 , FL 11-8-42 Plt Offr D K Sarkar?
J9733 V 1940-02-07 SOC DBER
J9759 V 1941-03-28 Hit Trees during FL itarpur N India 28-3-41
K1260 II 1941-10-04 force landed Bhuj 4 Oct 41
K1269 II 1941-10-30 crashed Drigh Rd 30 Oct 41
K1271 II 1942-05-20 1SFTS ATU Cr on ldg Peshawara 20-5-42
K1286 II 1942-03-16 1 AACF hit by Lysander N1209 of No.2 Sqn at DR 16-3-42
K1289 II 1941-06-30 1s EC FL Pushtakhara, nr Peshawar30-6-41
K1291 II 1942-05-28 ran into soft ground and tipped up Cochin 28-5-42
K2276 II 1941-11-07 crashed Drigh Rd 7 Nov 41
K2289 II 1941-06-10 1SFTS 5CDF hit rock in FL non night navex Jungshahi 10-6-41
K2294 II 1940-10-21 1s crashed at Drigh Rd, 21 Oct 40, repaired
K2303 II 1941-06-18 flew into ground at Jhimpur Sind, damaged - to 1 SoTT(I)
Appreciate your help very much
Jagan ....Read More.||Jagan on 9th June 2012 10:52:19|