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Whirlwind OpsThis is great stuff; many thanks. To help those helping me, I can say that I can definitely identify the following as being on Whirlwinds, viz: No.137 Squadron DESHANE, P/O C.W. killed in flying accident, 9 March 1942, aircraft P7036 WRIGHT, P/O R.E.D., killed in flying accident, 4 May 1942 (serial ?) BRENNAN, FS J.R., killed on operations 27 May 1942 (serial ?) MERCER, P/O C.E.. killed on operations, 19 february 1943, aircraft P7114 REBBETOY, F/O J.R., killed on operations, 25 April 1943, aircraft P7058 In addition, the following men were decorated for services in the squadron; said services were probably executed, in whole or in part, on Whirlwinds: McCLURE, F/O John Edward - DFC, 4 July 1943 DEHOUX, F/O Laurier - DFC, 30 July 1943 BRUNET, P/O Arthur Gaston - DFC, 12 August 1943 ASHTON, P/O Joel Hilton - DFC, 22 October 1943 No.263 Squadron GILL, F/O D.R., killed 7 November 1942, aircraft P7043 McPHAIL, WO D.B., killed 7 December 1942, serial ? BREARLEY, F/O E., killed 16 April 1943, aircraft P6095 In addition, the following officer was decorated for Whirwind services in No.263 Squadron: COYNE, F/O James Patrick - DFC, 1 June 1943 Incidentally, if the ORBs give service numbers, the RCAF types stand out by virtue of having J- or R-service numbers. Now I confess that I can probably get a lot of information about those who were killed from their service files, although curiously these files yield very little (and often none) details about operational experiences (other than how they were killed). Thus, dates of first sortiies and ORB extracts respecting operations, close calls, or mistakes will not be in the personal documents while they might be in the ORBs. I should explain what I have in mind. I write routinely (and for free) for the "Observair" (newsletter, Ottawa Chapter, Canadian Aviation Historical Society) and wish to do a few short pieces on RCAF personnel whose service careers were entwined with RAF rather than RCAF units (a group known among RCAF history buffs as "The Lost Legion"). Further down the road (perhaps two years hence) a few of these pieces may be expanded into articles in "Legion Magazine" (Royal Canadian Legion publication). By way of illustrating what I have extracted from Rebbetoy's service file, I submit two pieces of information which may interest visitors to this board: EXTRACT, LETTER FROM COMMANDING OFFICER, NO.137 SQUADRON TO REBBETOY'S FATHER: "I should like to say that your son joined my squadron approximately a year and a half ago as a Sergeant, and from the very moment of joining the Squadron had shown himself to be a very fine pilot, exceptionally keen and most efficient, and six months after his joining the Squadron I was very happy to be able to recommend him for a commission, so that he could become one of my officers. "Since that time he has done extremely well and was in the front line in the Squadron for being recommended for the DFC, and but for h ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 1st December 2007 05:20:28
Whirlwind Ops[QUOTE=HughAHalliday;1101]This is great stuff; many thanks. To help those helping me, I can say that I can definitely identify the following as being on Whirlwinds, viz: No.137 Squadron DESHANE, P/O C.W. killed in flying accident, 9 March 1942, aircraft P7036 WRIGHT, P/O R.E.D., killed in flying accident, 4 May 1942 (serial ?) BRENNAN, FS J.R., killed on operations 27 May 1942 (serial ?) MERCER, P/O C.E.. killed on operations, 19 february 1943, aircraft P7114 REBBETOY, F/O J.R., killed on operations, 25 April 1943, aircraft P7058 No.263 Squadron GILL, F/O D.R., killed 7 November 1942, aircraft P7043 McPHAIL, WO D.B., killed 7 December 1942, serial ? BREARLEY, F/O E., killed 16 April 1943, aircraft P6095 [/QUOTE] Hugh Wright was killed in P7103 Brennan's aircraft was P7112 Mercer was, I believe, flying P7119 on the night he was killed, with Freeman, the other fatality, in P7114. Don McPhaill was flying P6987 when he was lost to flak on Roadstead 45. HTH Niall ....Read More.NiallC on 6th December 2007 04:59:01
265 Sqn and Westland WhirlwindsBREARLEY, Edgar (J15157) - Whirlwind P6095 - Missing on the night of 16 April 1943. Took off 2235 to attack Caen area. Body washed ashore at Swanage, 20 May 1943. Born 31 October 1916 in Toronto. Stenographer and clerk for four years. Enlisted there 9 October 1940. At No.1 ITS (7 December 1940 to 15 January 1941), No.7 EFTS, Windsor (15 January to 17 March 1941, Fleet Finch, 8th in a class of 27) and No.10 SFTS, Dauphin (9 April to 4 July 1941). Commissioned 21 January 1942. Arrived UK August 1941. At No.55 OTU, 21 August to 20 September 1941 when posted to No.263 Squadron. Fractured jaw, 10 May 1942, base Angle, "Whilst descending from a Whirlwind, No.P7089, after removing my flying kit, my food slipped on the wet step and I struck my jaw against the wing." Accident, 24 October 1941, P6995 at which time he had flown 4.10 on type, 220.55 solo on all types. Landing at Colerne. "I took off on a battle climb to 25,000 feet and climbed steadily at plus one boost 2500 revs. Faint glycol fumes were noticed between 10,000 and 23,000 feet and at 24,000 feet these fumes increased in intensity with the coolant temperature at 90 degrees. I ceased to climb and put the machine in a gentle dive with cooling flap on; at 20,000 feet I closed the flaps and increased the angle of glide. On reaching 15,000 feet the coolant temperature of starboard engine went up suddenly to 140 degrees and oil temperature to 100 degrees. I immediately throttled back on this engine and continued to glide down. The fumes from this engine increased and during the circuit fumes filled the cockpit after opening the hood. As I touched down flames enveloped the starboard engine. With no brakes or engine control I was unable to check "swing" to the right at the end of the landing run, but no damage was caused and I came to a standstill in front of the watch officer. By this time the starboard engine was blazing fiercely. I switched off and jumped out." Conclusion - loose coolant cap and loss of coolant. Another report he wrote: "I took off at 110 hours on a battle climb to 25,000 feet, authorised by the flight commander, Flight Lieutenant H.J. Coghlan, DFRC, and climbed steadily at plus one boost, 2500 revs with flaps in cooling position. Faint glycol fumes were noticed between 10,000 and 23,000 feet with a coolant temperature of 90 degrees. At 24,000 feet the fumes increased in density with the coolant temperature still at 90 degrees. I immediately ceased to climb and put the machine in a gentle dive with cooling flap on. At 20,000 feet I closed the flaps and increased the angle of glide. On reaching 15,000 feet the coolant temperature of the starboard engine went up suddenly to 140 degrees and oil temperature went up to 100 degrees. I immediately throttled back on this engine. I also found the airscrew pitch control lever was fixed in the forward position although the pitch was fully coarse. I continued to glide down with starboard engine t ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 10th December 2008 05:38:12
265 Sqn and Westland WhirlwindsHello Hugh, To avoid confusion later on, 'Whirlwind P6095'. P6095 fell within a Proctor black-out block. Typo, or is that what you have in your records ? Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 11th December 2008 12:46:49
265 Sqn and Westland Whirlwinds"To avoid confusion later on, 'Whirlwind P6095'. P6095 fell within a Proctor black-out block. Typo, or is that what you have in your records ?" It is what I have in my records at this moment but I may have (probably did) made a transcription error while consulting the file. I would have have to redraw the file to be certain and (more important) to confirm the proper serial. ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 11th December 2008 06:31:43


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