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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
462 Sqn Aircraft Code lettersHi I am researching my uncle who was RAF 39-45. I have found these entries from the operations log of 462 sqn RAAF in Sept 43, my uncle is flight engineer in both cases. 24th/25th Sept W1169 S flyís on a sortie and states aircraft returned safely to base. 27th/28th Sept BB321 S flyís on a sortie returned to base, crashed and burned. After the 25th Sept until the end of Feb 44 there is no mention of W1169 flying a sortie again, I have read it was SOC 1st March 44. I am not sure if BB321 had flown before but it didnít again, from another site I have learned that it entered service between Mar - Jul 1943 so not brand new it seems. W1169 had been around since Jan - Jul 1942 and had flown on the squadron first sortie in Sept 42. Both aircraft had the code letter S. My question is would a squadron have in active service at the same time two aircraft with the same code letter? I am thinking that W1169 ended its service on 25th Sept for whatever reason and BB321 was either new or new to the squadron and took its code letter. Also if anyone has any more information on W1169 or BB321 or pictures of them that would be appreciated, he also flew BB333 J, BB386, BB424, BB430. He crashed in BB430 too after undercarriage failure 2 Nov 43. I have been looking for pictures of these aircraft with no luck. Cheers Rob ....Read More.Welshbob on 27th April 2014 04:14:32
Looking for RAAF 642 Squadron picturesHi all I am looking for pictures of these Halifax BII bombers form RAAF 462 squadron between 1942-4 BB321 S BB333 J BB386 BB418 BB424 BB430 W1169 S Ė I have one picture of this aircraft but rear end only. My Uncle Sgt. John H Thomas flew on all these aircraft as flight engineer and would love any pictures of them. Also if anyone knows anything on my uncle I would love to hear. Any help appreciated. Cheers Rob ....Read More.Welshbob on 3rd May 2014 09:35:24
Looking for RAAF 642 Squadron picturesHi John I tried to get a copy 462 Sqn 'To see the dawn again' but alas all I got was unavailable in print and a bogus site that claimed I could download it. I did manage to get a copy Jon Lake's Halifax squadrons of world war 2 that was good and gave me a lot of good data and a colour plate of W1169 my uncles plane, it led me to 462 sqn. Cheers Rob ....Read More.Welshbob on 4th May 2014 04:21:45
Looking for RAAF 642 Squadron picturesHi Col Your pointing me to ORBs in the Australian archives was awesome and gave me more data on Uncle John, also some data on W1169 his aircraft. Since posting this question I found a group on facebook called friends of 466/462 squadrons, i found some pictures of John there posted by a relative of RHV Thomas. I am still trying to find images of his aircraft if they exist. Yes John should be recorded there, I agree. Far too long he has been forgotten, something I intend to rectify. Cheers Rob ....Read More.Welshbob on 4th May 2014 04:29:17
Looking for RAAF 642 Squadron picturesHi Bob, You will find a rather nondescript photograph of No.462 Sqn RAAF Halifax II W1169 "S" in this book: Handley Page Halifax: From Hell to Victory and Beyond. Merrick,K.A. Hersham:Classic,2009. p.71 The photo has the following caption: With the guns removed and the entire front turret sealed with doped canvas, W1169: S of 462 Squadron lands amidst its own personal dust storm and gives a better idea of the problems encountered when operating Merlin engines under such harsh conditions. One of the original 76 Squadron detachment aircraft*, it had completed 50 operations by September 1943 and was struck off charge along with a number of other older Halifaxes when the squadron was re-formed as 614 Squadron in March 1944. (Source: J.Stanley) * No.76 Sqn Halifax B.II W1169 "MP-S", was flown out to the Middle East on 10 July 1942 by the following crew: Airborne 03.59 hours. Pilot: F/Sgt H C Granger Obs. Sgt C P Harrold W/Op. Sgt W H Mennell MUG Sgt G P Carrell Engr. Sgt H W Gorton RG. F/Sgt L F T Noakes Fitter Cpl Culkin Fitter Cpl Heavens Instr. Cpl Fox See: To See The Dawn Breaking:76 Squadron Operations. Chorley,W R. Ottery St. Mary:Author,1981 p.247 Sorry, No scanner. Others might be able to help. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 4th May 2014 05:49:37
Looking for RAAF 642 Squadron picturesHi Col Thanks you for your reply. I have searched online for the books you mentioned and unavailable so far, I will get my misses to ask in the library for me they may be able to get them. Where I live is in old bomber command territory in East Yorkshire so maybe the books may be here somewhere. I like the inscription off the picture in the book, my uncle flew W1169 S on her last and 50th sortie. Its possible he may even have been on her in the picture. W1169 did well indeed and was on 462ís first op on 7th Sept 42. Your info confirms what I suspected that she had been with 76 sqn prior to 462, I am still wondering if my uncle also came over from 76. I have emailed and given them Johnís data and picture, he can now rejoin some of his crewmates at 462 Sqn. Have you been to [url][/url] itís the home of the friends of 466/462 squadrons and has lots of pictures and data. I found pictures of John and W1169 S there posted by the son of RHV Thomas and also a picture of the crashed BB430 that John was on at the time. Cheers Rob ....Read More.Welshbob on 4th May 2014 07:59:55
Looking for uncle's crew from 462 M.E.Thanks to the Friends of 466/462 Squadron group Sgt Munroe has been found. [URL][/URL] Next on my hunt are pictures of: - F/O L J P DUNLOP - 128366/(119722) Leslie John Patrick DUNLOP RAFVR. Sgt C WESTON - 1325255 Charles WESTON RAFVR Sgt C R B AINLEY Sgt EF Bass - KIA 18/19-08-43 and anyone else associated with Halifax W1169 S and her crews, air and ground. I have a picture of them all and want to identify them for posterity. ....Read More.Welshbob on 27th May 2014 03:52:31

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