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No.204 Squadron, Sunderland ML845If I am going to ask a question I had better share some information first. J23053 Flight Lieutenant Albert Mallam Berrey (Mentioned in Despatches, 1 January 1946) had flown a tour of anti-submarine duties in Canada with No.117 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron, 18 July 1942 to 28 November 1943. He was posted overseas, took a captain's course at No.4 (Coastal) OTU and was then sent to No.204 Squadron. On 23 July 1944 he was ferrying Sunderland ML845 from Gibraltar to Bathurst (West Africa) when he force-landed at sea, 27.58 North, 12.51 West (i.e. near the Canaries). The crew were himself (133 hours on type, 1,733 hours all types) plus J26033 F/L N.L. Webb (second pilot, 86 hours on type, 1,280 hours on all types), Aus 421076 F/O A.C. Pike (navigator), J41347 P/O R.G. Parsons (WOP), NZ417250 Flight Sergeant R.V. Whittle (WOP), J22320 F/O R. Griffiths (WOM), R63581 Flight Sergeant F.A. Longthorne (first engineer), R70408 Sergeant H.J. Sykes (second engineer), R177916 Sergeant S.O. Ogilvie (air gunner) and 183957 Sergeant G.R. Pepper (air gunner). there were no injuries. The initial report (and the only one in his file) stated: "During the initial stages of this flight all four engines operated perfectly. The first indication of any trouble was on the starboard outer engine. The oil pressure guage on this engine dropped from 80 lbs per square inch to 0 lbs per square inch in a matter of seconds. I immediately cut the throttles to this engine to see if it was a faulty gauge or not. Before any more could be done, the gunner in the mid-upper turret reported oil gushing from beneath the port outer mainplane. My second engineer, in the galley, reported oil pouring out of the breather pipe of the port outer engine. I then cut the port outer and prepared the crew for a forced landing. The eventual towing by rescue craft in very high seas necessitated the abandonment of the aircraft and its eventual destruction by gunfire at 1200Z on 27 July 1944 in position 29.38N and 13.38W." Since he was forced down on 23 July 1944 and the aircraft was sunk by gunfire on 27 July 1944, there is probably a story of what happened between his being forced down and the arrival of a rescue craft - but what ? Did the crew stick with the Sunderland ? Did some take to dinghies but remain near the aircraft ? Why the lapse of time from forced-landing to rescue ? How were they found ? Doubtless, answers will lead to more questions, but I shall be satisfied with any tips or leads that might flesh out this account. ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 19th October 2011 05:42:03
Coastal Command July 1944Coastal Command July 1944 1 - Wellington X - 14 OTU - LN689 1 - Beaufighter TF.X - 455 Sqn - NE773 3 - Anson I - SF, Tiree - MG468 - ( Coastal ?). 4 - Mosquito FB.VI - 248 Sqn - LR339 - ( Coastal ?). 5/6 - Hudson IIa - 161 Sqn - FK790. 6 - Beaufighter TF.X - 455 Sqn - LZ194. 6 - Beaufighter TF.X - 455 Sqn - NE348. 7 - Wellington XIV - 179 Sqn - HF129. 7 - Beaufighter TF.X - 404 Sqn - NE744. 7 - Wellington XIV - 407 Sqn - HF412. 9 - Wellington XIII - 524 Sqn - MF375. 10 - Beaufighter TF.X - 144 Sqn - NT925. 10 - Beaufighter VI - 153 Sqn - ND293 - ( Coastal ?). 10 - Beaufighter TF.X - 455 Sqn - NE760. 10 - Mosquito PR.XVI - 544 Sqn - MM365. 12/13 - Wellington XIII - 415 Sqn - MF494. 12/13 - Wellington XIII - 524 Sqn - MF374. 13 - Liberator V - 120 Sqn - BZ910 - [ 42-63898 ]. 13 - Liberator V - 311 Sqn - BZ717 - [ 42-70287 ]. 13 - Sunderland III - 490 Sqn - ML852 - ( Coastal ?). 15 - Wellington XIV - 172 Sqn - NB831. 15 - Liberator VI - 206 Sqn - EV947 - [ 42-64328 ]. 16 - Hudson III - 1407 Sqn - FH361 - [ 41-37162 ]. 17 - Warwick I - 276 Sqn - BV353. 18 - Beaufighter XI - 9(C) OTU - JL893. 18 - Liberator GR.III - 86 Sqn - FL907 - [ 41-11740 ]. 18 - Beaufighter TF.X - 236 Sqn - NE828. 19 - Beaufighter TF.X - 144 Sqn - NE749. 20 - Liberator GR.VI - 206 Sqn - EV873 - [ 42-63230 ]. 20 - Beaufighter TF.X - 254 Sqn - NE225. 21 - Beaufighter TF.X - 144 Sqn - LZ134. 21 - Mosquito FB.VI - 235 Sqn - HR131. 21 - Mosquito FB.VI - 248 Sqn - HP973. 21 - Albacore I - 415 Sqn - X9281. 22 - Beaufighter TF.X - 236 Sqn - NT944. 23 - Spitfire V - 276 Sqn - EN841. 23 - Sunderland III - 302 FTU - ML845. 27 - Beaufighter VIc - 132 OTU - JL776. 30 - Wellington XIV - 172 Sqn - HF449. 30 - Beaufighter TF.X - 489 Sqn - NE745. 31 - Liberator V - 53 Sqn - EW306 - ( 44-10309 ). 31 - Warwick ASR.1 - 282 Sqn - HF980 ....Read More.Alex Smart on 15th February 2019 09:10:09


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