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|Who is "Harry" 23 Sqn Early 1939||From the BoB London memorial website...
[QUOTE]Victor Anthony Ricketts was the pre-war Air Correspondent for the London Daily Express. In December 1937 he approached New Zealander Arthur Edmund Clouston, a civilian test pilot who would later serve with 219 Squadron in the Battle, with a proposition for an attempt on the record for flying to Australia and back. Ricketts would arrange sponsorship if Clouston would take him along as second pilot.
It was all arranged and they took off at 4am on 2nd February 1938 but came to grief in Turkey, damaging the port undercarriage leg as they took off.
They returned to England and a second attempt was planned on a revised route. They took off from Gravesend in DH88 Comet G-ACSS 'Grosvenor House' during the night of 15th March 1938 and landed back at Croydon 10 days, 21 hours and 22 minutes later. They established eleven records, including the first direct round trip England-New Zealand-England.
Ricketts joined the RAFVR in March 1939 as a Sergeant-Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training, was commissioned on 1st February 1940 and joined 248 Squadron on the 10th.
248 had been formed as a night-fighter unit but transferred to Coastal Command soon after Rickett's arrival. The squadron served on attachment to Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
In 1942 Ricketts was serving with No. 1 PRU. On 4th March he was detailed to photograph the Renault works near Paris, attacked the previous night. Despite bad weather, low cloud and poor visibility he succeeded in obtaining valuable photographs. For this operation he was awarded the DFC (gazetted 2nd June 1942).
Ricketts failed to return from a photographic sortie to Strasbourg and Ingolstadt on 12th July 1942 in Mosquito B Mk. IV W4089. His crewman P/O George Boris Lukhmanoff DFM was also lost. The crash must have been discovered at some point as Ricketts and Lukhmanoff are buried in Calais Canadian War Cemetery. Ricketts was 29 years old.
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|Coastal Command July 1942||COASTAL COMMAND
1/. - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - AT235.
1/. - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - AT239.
3/. - Beaufort I - 217 Sqn - L9893.
3/. - Beaufort I - 217 Sqn - DD993.
3/. - Beaufort I - 22 Sqn - AW240.
4/. - Hudson III - 1404(Met) Flt - V9111.
5/. - Hudson II - 1(C)OTU - T9372.
8/. - Hudson - 1(C) OTU - N7277.
9/10. - Beaufort IIa - 5(C) OTU - DD874.
11/. - Battle I - 1(C) OTU - L5717.
11/. - Hudson I - 1(C) OTU - T9353.
11/. - Beaufighter VIc - 248 Sqn - T5142.
12/. - Mosquito PR.1 - 1 PRU - W4089.
12/. - Blenheim IV - 2(C) OTU - T1810.
12/. - Hampden TB.I - 489 Sqn - AT131.
13/. - Blenheim IV - 404 Sqn - K7120.
15/. - Wellington Ic - 3(C) OTU - W5619 ?
15/. - Hudson IIIa - 48 Sqn - FH378.
15/. - Catalina I - 119 Sqn - AH545.
16/. - Hampden TB.I - 455 Sqn RAAF - P2145
17/. - Beaufort I - 5(C) OTU - N1003.
18/. - Spitfire IV - 1PRU - BP921
19/. - Hampden I - 5(C)OTU - P2100.
20/. - Wellington Ic - 7(C) OTU - DV772.
20/. - Botha - 3 SGR - W5142.
21/. - Blenheim IV - 2(C)OTU - Z5723.
21/. - Beaufighter Ic - 235 Sqn - T4794.
21/. - Beaufighter VIc - 248 Sqn - X8090.
21/. - Hudson V - 608 Sqn - AM791.
21/. - Hudson III - 1404(Met) Flt - T9460.
22/. - Hampden I - 489 Sqn - P1219.
24/. - Hampden I - 5(C) OTU - P5313.
24/. - Beaufort IIa - 86 Sqn - AW308.
24/. - Beaufort IIa - 86 Sqn - AW355.
24/. - Beaufort IIa - 86 Sqn - AW356.
25/. - Beaufort IIa - 86 Sqn - AW274.
26/. - Sunderland I - 230 Sqn - L5806.
26/. - Beaufort I - 5(C)OTU - W6480.
26/. - Mosquito IV - 1401(Met) Flt - DK289.
27/. - Beaufighter VIC - 2(C)OTU - T5160
27/. - Mosquito PR.IV - 1(C) OTU - W4067.
28/. - Beaufort II - 86 Sqn - AW296.
28/. - Hudson V - 206 Sqn - AM805.
28/. - Beaufort I - 217 Sqn - L9820.
30/. - Spitfire PR.IV - 1PRU - AA800.
30/. - Spitfire IV - 1PRU - AB301.
30/. - Whitley VII - 502 Sqn - Z9192.
30/. - Hudson V - 407 Sqn - AM-860.
31/. - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - AD762.
31/. - Sunderland - 10Sqn RAAF - W3994.
31/. - Sunderland III - 201P2145.W4025.
31/. - Hudson III - 500 Sqn - FH375. ....Read More.||Alex Smart on 24th August 2018 07:27:42|