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Leading Aircraftman John MUSGRAVE () of the Royal Australian Air Force

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Death of Death 1939-09-07

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Whirlwind OpsHugh, I have copies of 137 ORB for Feb/Mar 1942. Only problem is, there is no way of telling the nationality of the pilots, also no initials for first names, just rank and surnames. Feb 42. F/Lt Marsland. F/Sgt Mercer. Sgt McClure. Sgt De Houx. P/O Martin. P/O Haggberg. S/Ldr Coghlan. Sgt Rebbetoy. P/O Lawton. F/Lt Woodward. P/O Torrence. F/Sgt Luing. Sgt Ashton. P/O Jowitt. Sgt Brennan. F/Sgt Robertson. P/O De Shane. P/O La Gette P/O Wright. Sgt Sandy. P/O Van Schaick. Sgt McPhail. March 42. F/Lt Bartlett. F/Sgt Brunet. P/O <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span>. P/O Samant. ....Read More.AlanW on 1st December 2007 12:08:48
Whirlwind OpsHello to all, [QUOTE=Decobeck;1152]Hi Jerry, Thanks for the correction concerning the claim by Rebbetoy. I have another 137 Sqn Whirlwind crash in Belgium : W/O A. I. Doig made a wheels up landing at Roesbrugge-Haringe on 23/1/1943 (Whirlwind I <a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=P7054">P7054</a>/SF-?). The aircraft was hit by the Flak from Poperinge. Do you know the individual code letter of this aircraft and the first name of the pilot (POW) ? Rgds. Rgis[/QUOTE] Can you confirm the crash of the Whirlwind in Belgium ? I have Police/gendarmerie reports about a crash in France that day, and very likely to be his. I also have his WO 344 file (not at hand 'cause I'm at the office now, but I'll check tonight, and he was captured in France, on 27th January (four days after he was shot down). There's also another Whirlwind crash in France on 23rd January 1943, <a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=P7095">P7095</a> SF-H flown by P/O A.E. BROWN. There are a few pictures of his forced-landed Whirlwind. He's buried in Ennetires-les-Avelin cemetery, just across the main runway at Lille airport (now). Re the list of pilots provided earlier in this thread, <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> was Royal Australian Air Force, and I asked his file to be digitised at the National Archives of Australia a couple of years ago, so you can have a look at it. He came down in the Channel at night in May 1943, his body was recovered on a french beach and subsequently buried at Pihen-les-Guines. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 3rd December 2007 06:35:14
Master T8553 59 OTU 20/02/1943758018 / 114086 Flight Lieutenant John Edward Van Schaick, DFM A Canadian, on 8th March 1941 whilst flying Spitfires in 266 Squadron from Wittering, Sergeant van Schaick and Flying Officer Ferris attacked Ju.88A5 W/Nr 0404 FG+BM of Lessmllman and shot it down into the sea off Skegness at 10:13hrs. As well as Lessmllman, 86406 F/O Ferris was killed in this engagement. A British pilot, Sergeant van Schaick joined B flight of 609 Squadron on 14th July 1941 at Biggin Hill under S/Ldr Robinson. He Damaged 2 Bf.109Fs on 21st July whilst flying Spitfire PR-L on Circus 54, taking off at 07:44 hours and escorting 3 Stirlings to Lille. 609 were top cover of the Bigin Hill Escort Wing and flew in 6 pairs, 3 pairs on either side of the bombers, at 23,000ft. He was attacked by 2 fighters from up-sun shortly after leaving the target area and felt his Spitfire taking hits in the tail. He broke away downwards and headed for home reaching Calais at a height of 3,000ft. Seeing a gun emplacement he was about to attack it when he saw tracer going past his aircraft and then saw 2 Bf.109s. All 3 went into a tight circle at 500ft over the rooftops, after which van Schaick broke away across the Channel. The Germans gave chase and hit the Spitfire in the starboard mainplane, only for van Schaick to execute a tight turn which put him on the tail of a 109, allowing him to shoot away a piece of the 109s wingtip with cannon-fire. The other Bf.109 attacked head-on, and after turning full circle at sea level van Schaick opened fire and the 109 withdrew streaming oil and glyclol. Van Schaick had previously called MAidez on Button D and now, in answer to the Controllers query replied that he thought he could reach the coast, which he did and landed at Manston. On 5th August he hit a gun post in PR-S and on the 21st he was flying as part of the Biggin Hill Escort Cover Wing on Circus 83, 6 Blenheims attacking the Chocques Chemical Works. The bombers came under attack by Bf.109s, van Schaick Probably Destroying a straggler, black smoke being seen after his attack. Arriving alone over Dunkirk at 3,000ft he spotted an E or R boat firing at him. Descending to 100ft he attacked it with cannon-fire, causing a bright flash followed by volumes of smoke, being credited with a Probably Destroyed. On 27th September he was flying as high cover to 12 Blenheims bound for Mazingarbe. Crossing the coast at Mardyck at 27,000ft, a large formation of Bf.109s was spotted 5,000ft below. The wing dove after them, and van Schaick was attacked 4 times. On 9th October it rained, and in the morning the pilots watched a film on the use of oxygen at the Intelligence Office, followed by a recognition film on which they were tested. Pilot Officer du Monceau and van Schaick made no mistakes. On 7th November, flying Spitfire PR-V at 28,000ft as top cover with the Biggin Hill Wing on a Ramrod, van Schaick took off at 13:15hrs. Rendezvousing with the Northolt Wing, the formation swept east of Dunkirk, ....Read More.Mark Crame on 7th December 2007 05:07:55
400625 - Unaccounted airmen - 25-6-1940What caused the death of the following airmen, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial and buried in cemeteries in Belgium and France. They may have been killed during evacuation to the U.K., some of them later recovered from the sea or their bodies washed ashore. AC1 Reginald F. ABRAMS - 621850 - 4 Sqn - Runnymede Panel (RP) 24 AC1 William ALSTON - 637973 - RP24 AC1 Eustace T. ARNOTT - 532387 - RP24 AC1 Bernard O. BECKINGTON - 901322 - RP24 AC2 John R. BEST - 749226 - RP26 AC1 Ernest R. BIDDLE - 942880 - RP24 AC2 Sidney A. BIRD - 922154 - RP26 Cpl Geoffrey G. BURDETT - 520421 - RP21 LAC Arthur G. CHILD - 616033 - RP22 AC1 Richard CLEARY - 631845 - RP25 (from Irish Republic) AC1 Joseph CURRIE - 634350 - RP25 LAC Alexander J. DONAGHY - 544946 - RP22 AC1 Alexander C. FLEMING - 743827 - RP25 Cpl James P. GAVINS - 512854 - RP21 LAC Harold W.E. HANSON - 517631 - 4 Sqn - RP23 LAC Dudley G. KEMP - 535214 - RP23 LAC Edgar MARTIN - 633385 - RP23 AC2 Thomas MASON - 549132 - RP27 Cpl Stanley MILLS - 570908 - 13 Sqn - RP22 AC1 Cunningham MUNN - 627591 - RP25 AC1 Arthur <span style="background:yellow">MUSGRAVE</span> - 653443 - RP25 AC1 Douglas H. RICHARDSON - 550743 - 98 Sqn - RP25 AC1 George T. RIDLEY - 629767 - RP25 AC1 John M. ROBERTS - 634663 - RP26 LAC George SWIFT - 551391 - RP24 LAC George H. TAYLOR - 352704 - RP24 AC1 Charles J. TELFORD - 627498 - RP26 AC1 Leslie C. THORP - 633277 - RP26 Cpl Albert E. THORPE - 326629 - RP22 LAC George TROTH - 62712 - RP24 AC1 Douglas C. WEBB - 966677 - RP26 LAC Ernest E. WHEELER - 628716 - 53 Sqn - RP24 LAC Victor J. WHITE - 352129 - RP24 LAC Sydney V. WILMINGTON - 610598 - RP24, and the following airmen buried in Belgium/France: Lombardsijde Churchyard, Belgium (BEL62): AC1 Allan J. MORAN - 623447 Lille Southern Cem., Dept. Nord, France (FR2): AC2 Alfred W. GILBERT - 636979 Abbeville Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (<a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=FR440">FR440</a>): LAC Edward A. HALL - 510251 Doingt Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (<a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=FR472">FR472</a>): LAC Leonard LAURIE - 799685 - 63 Wing Servicing Unit Angoulins Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1632): LAC James T. McMASTER - 538667 Chatelaillon Plage Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1635): AC2 Samuel J. McCONNELL - 632203 Regards and thanks for your help. Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 8th January 2008 12:39:59
400625 - Unaccounted airmen - 25-6-1940Hello Henk, Finally I came through the whole list. Below you will find details about all the mentioned names. AC1 Reginald F. ABRAMS - 621850 - 4 Sqn - Runnymede Panel (RP) 24 / 4 Sqdn AC1 William ALSTON - 637973 - RP24 / HQ Base Area AC1 Eustace T. ARNOTT - 532387 - RP24 / 51 Wing AC1 Bernard O. BECKINGTON - 901322 - RP24 / HQ BAFF AC2 John R. BEST - 749226 - RP26 / 2 BA AC1 Ernest R. BIDDLE - 942880 - RP24 / HQ BAFF AC2 Sidney A. BIRD - 922154 - RP26 / 5 R and SU Cpl Geoffrey G. BURDETT - 520421 - RP21 / HQ BAFF LAC Arthur G. CHILD - 616033 - RP22 / 81 Wing SF AC1 Richard CLEARY - 631845 - RP25 (from Irish Republic) / 2 BA AC1 Joseph CURRIE - 634350 - RP25 / BAFF LAC Alexander J. DONAGHY - 544946 - RP22 / 21 AD AC1 Alexander C. FLEMING - 743827 - RP25 / 2 BA Cpl James P. GAVINS - 512854 - RP21 / 3 ASP LAC Harold W.E. HANSON - 517631 - 4 Sqn - RP23 / 4 Sqdn LAC Dudley G. KEMP - 535214 - RP23 / 2 BA LAC Edgar MARTIN - 633385 - RP23 / 25 Sqdn AC2 Thomas MASON - 549132 - RP27 / 7 ASP Cpl Stanley MILLS - 570908 - 13 Sqn - RP22 / 13 Sqdn AC1 Cunningham MUNN - 627591 - RP25 / HQ BAFF AC1 Arthur <span style="background:yellow">MUSGRAVE</span> - 653443 - RP25 / 2 BA AC1 Douglas H. RICHARDSON - 550743 - 98 Sqn - RP25 / 98 Sqdn AC1 George T. RIDLEY - 629767 - RP25 / 2 AR & SV AC1 John M. ROBERTS - 634663 - RP26 / HQ BAFF LAC George SWIFT - 551391 - RP24 / 21 AD LAC George H. TAYLOR - 352704 - RP24 / 2 BA AC1 Charles J. TELFORD - 627498 - RP26 / HQ BAFF AC1 Leslie C. THORP - 633277 - RP26 / HQ BAFF Cpl Albert E. THORPE - 326629 - RP22 / HQ 2 BA LAC George TROTH - 62712 - RP24 / 3 AR & SU AC1 Douglas C. WEBB - 966677 - RP26 / 21 AD LAC Ernest E. WHEELER - 628716 - 53 Sqn - RP24 / 53 Sqdn LAC Victor J. WHITE - 352129 - RP24 / 1 ASP LAC Sydney V. WILMINGTON - 610598 - RP24, / Spelled WILLMINGTON / 2 BA and the following airmen buried in Belgium/France: Lombardsijde Churchyard, Belgium (BEL62): AC1 Allan J. MORAN - 623447 / HQ 51 Wing Lille Southern Cem., Dept. Nord, France (FR2): AC2 Alfred W. GILBERT - 636979 / HQ CFF Abbeville Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (<a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=FR440">FR440</a>): LAC Edward A. HALL - 510251 / 20 ASP Doingt Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (<a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=FR472">FR472</a>): LAC Leonard LAURIE - 799685 - 63 Wing Servicing Unit / 63 FWS Angoulins Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1632): LAC James T. McMASTER - 538667 / HQ BAFF Chatelaillon Plage Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1635): AC2 Samuel J. McCONNELL - 632203 / Numbered 632206 / 2 BA Best regards Finn Buch ....Read More.Argus on 8th January 2008 04:53:46
Air Force List (inter war years) availability, south east EnglandAlready done Dave. There are 52 Inter War Met course attendees listed. Two are listed as having been awarded the AFC. Two are listed as having been awarded the DFC. Having eliminated Harris my next tack would be Lance Browning. A dump of my Inter War database for filtered for Met is appended. I leave formating to the individuals. Regards Ross Service No Surname Initials F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 MRAF ACM AM AVM AC G/C W/C S/L F/L F/O P/O Acting P/O W/O Branch Courses Title/Decorations/Rank AAF AAF Date RAFO RAFO Date RAFVR RAFVR Date Special R Special R Date AAFRO AAFRO Date POW Killed 73938 Bell J John 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 74280 Bill L S Leonard Stanley 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 73758 Boyden C J Charles James 25 August 1939 General Met No No Yes 25 August 1939 No No No 03155 Bradley H F Horace Frederic 01 July 1924 01 April 1918 General Met No No No No No No 74814 Bradshaw N W Norman William 04 December 1939 General Met No No No No No No Britton C E Charles Ernest 13 June 1939 General Met No No Yes 13 June 1939 No No No Browning L H Lance Harold 01 January 1923 01 April 1918 General Met MC, DFC (LG 12/07/1920) No No No No No No 06241 Bryant R C Rupert Chandos 01 January 1925 01 April 1918 General Met No Yes 12 September 1926 No No No No 73947 Crinson C R Charles Rowland 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 74815 Cripps K M Kenneth Major 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 74816 Crossley T Thomas 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 73951 Elliott W J William John 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 73757 Farquharson J S James Strachan 25 August 1939 General Met No No Yes 25 August 1939 No No No 73954 Fleming R A Robert Angus 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 73759 Forsdyke A G Arthur George 25 August 1939 General Met No No Yes 25 August 1939 No No No 73760 Franks J A John Arthur 25 August 1939 General Met No No Yes 25 August 1939 No No No 74817 Garton W R S William Reginald Stephen 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 74818 Gummer H J Herbert John 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 73960 Hall G W George William 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 73761 Hanks H Harry 25 August 1939 General Met No No Yes 25 August 1939 No No No 73962 Hann S F Stanley Frank 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No 73963 Hardy V H Victor Hardy 15 January 1940 General Met No No No No No No ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 29th February 2008 02:31:40
photo PL-19717 403 & 421 sqns line up 1943Seated on ground: Sergeant James R. MacKinnon (Winnipeg), F/O Livingstone Foster (Grimsby, Ontario), F/L Charles R. Thornton (Detroit, Michigan), F/L David Goldberg (Hamilton, Ontario), F/O Philip C. <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> (Winnipeg), P/O Robert W. Isbistento), Sergeant Ivers R. Foster (Thornhill, Ontario), F/O John Drope (Regina), F/O R. Gordon Driver (Toronto) Seated on chairs: F/O J.P, Lecoq (Montreal), F/O John Hodgson (Calgary), F/O James Preston (St. Catharines, Ontario), P/O John Allen Wilson (Hamilton, Ontario), F/L Dean Dover (Mount Dennis, Toronto), F/L Noel John Ogilvie (Ottawa), F/L Frank E. "Bitsy" Grant (Brockville, Ontario), W/C J.E. Johnston, DSO, DFC, S/L Robert W. "Buck" McNair (North Battleford, Saskatchewan), F/L Robert D. Phillip (Toronto), S/L Normaqn R. Fowlow, DFC (Windsor, Nova Scotia), F/O John A. Orand (Wellesley, Ontario), F/O Henry P.M. Zary (New York City), P/O Jack Bamford (Hamilton, Ontario), P/O Nick B. Dixon (Sudbury, Ontario), F/O Daniel Kenneth Wilson (Brantford, Ontario) Standing: F/O Harry Dowding (Sarnia, Ontario), Sergeant Stanley Barnes (Toronto), Warant Officer Clinton E. Rae (Moulinette, Ontario), F/O Thomas (not further identified, from Montreal), F/L Arthur C. Coles (North Vancouver), P/O Paul K. Gray (Toronto), P/O Thurne Parks (Oshawa, Ontario), P/O John S. Hicks (Ottawa), F/O L.R. Thorne (London, Ontario), F/O Ralph W. Nickerson (Moncton, New Brunswick), F/L John N. Patterson (Ottawa), P/O Horace F. Packard (Montreal), F/L Roger C. Wilson (Toronto). On aircraft: F/L Herbert J. Southwood (Calgary), F/L Harry A. Patterson (Hamilton, Ontario), F/O Stanley W. Matthews (Winnipeg), F/O F/O James F. Lambert (Winnipeg), Sergeant Norman V. Chevers (Niagara Falls), F/O J.D. Browne (Florham Park, New Jersey), F/L Malcolm C. Gordon (Edmonton, Alberta), F/O Paul G. Johnson (Bethel, Connectecut), P/O Percy Alan McLachlan (Vancouver), F/O Alan E. Fleming (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario), F/O Walter S. Quint (Guelph, Ontario), P/O Karl R. Linton (Plaster Rock, New Brunswick), F/O Wilbert E. Harten (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario), and F/O C. Guerard DeNacrede (Calgary, Alberta). ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 29th May 2008 02:38:28
Help please: 137 Sqdn Combat loss & French/German filesOn the night of 17/18th May 1943 F/O Eddie <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> RAAF of 137 Squadron was lost in the Gravelines area - presumably shot down by flak. I had the opportunity in 2007 to visit his grave in Pihen-les-Guines cemetery. Other than what is recorded here, and in 137 Sqdn's ORB, I have no further details on the combat. File Number 61/3/AIR Enclosure 86A FROM: 11 Group Intelligence. AI/708 The following received from Manston. Composite Ant-shipping Patrol Report. 17/18th May, 1943 (A) 137 (B) 1 Whirlwind Bomber. F/O <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> (R.A.A.F.) (C) 0110 (D) Shipping Gravelines area. (E) N/A (F) Not known (G) 1 Whirlwind Bomber, F/O <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> N.Y.R. GENERAL: - Informed by Swingate of Pilot making second attack with cannon 0132 hours. Not plotted or heard of since. I would be interested in seeing what records the French/Germans might have that could shed any further light on Eddie's final operational mission and <a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=P7063">P7063</a> the Whirlwind he flew. Is there anyone who could please point me in the right direction? Thank you all in advance. Paul ....Read More.pfP7063 on 22nd September 2009 08:26:12
A1C Moran Allan 623447Other deaths that day on Runnymede include W Alston - HQ Base Area ET Arnott - 51 Wing BO Beckington - HQ BAFF JR Best - 2 BA ER Biddle - HQ BAFF SA Bird - 5 R & SU GG Burdett - HQ BAFF AG Child - 81 Wing SF R Cleary - 2 BA J Currie - BAFF AJ Donaghy - 21 AD AC Fleming - 2 BA JP Gavins - 3 ASP AW Gilbert - HQ CFF - Lille South Cemetery EA Hall - 20 ASP - Abbeville Communal Cemetry DG Kemp - 2 BA L Laurie - 63 FWS ? - hard to read unit name, buried Doingt Cemetery E Martin - 25 Squadron T Mason - 7 ASP R McCall - HQ BAFF JF McMaster - HQ BAFF C Munn - HQ BAFF A <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> - 2 BA GT Ridley - 2 AR & SV JM Roberts - HQ BAFF G Swift - 21 AD GH Taylor - 2 BA CJ Telford - HQ BAFF LC Thorp - HQ BAFF AE Thorpe - HQ 2 BA G Troth - 3 AR & SU DC Webb - 21 AD VJ White - 21 ASP SV Willmington - 2 BA Most I suppose were lost on ships I would have to guess. Other deaths that date on Runnymede and buried in France are affiliated to a Squadron but are also LAC - Sgt rank in most cases. ....Read More.dennis_burke on 28th October 2009 05:13:40
Wellington Down - Indian OceanHello, With the meagre morsels provided, might I offer the following: I think the unit involved might be No.621 Squadron. 621 Squadron lost a Wellington on September 6, 1944, that had to ditch with the loss of four lives: 182565 P/O George Gaston ATKINSON RAFVR + 177601 P/O William Geoffrey <span style="background:yellow">MUSGRAVE</span> RAFVR + 1566713 Sgt Walter John Donald SMITH RAFVR + 1537663 LAC Alfred SWALLOW RAFVR + (All commemorated on the Alamein Memorial) I have no further details on this incident, and I am not sure if this is the aircraft involved. Over to the Forum. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 17th November 2009 03:08:14
Sgt F A UpstonHe looks to be a passenger. From Cummings' "Though Without Anger": The aircraft departed from Gibraltar at 10.36 hours local time on a transit flight to RAF Lyneham. However, the aircraft did not arrive and was lost without trace. Errol Martyn records in his book "For Your Tomorrow" Volume 2, that the aircraft was attacked and shot down by fighters over the Bay of Biscay at 14.20 hours and that one of the attacking aircraft crashed into the sea during the engagement. Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Thomas Raleigh Francis RAFVR Pilot Flight Sergeant Carlo Ernesto Ferro RCAF Co-Pilot Flying Officer John Stanley Renouf RCAF Navigator Sergeant Richard Price Marvin RAFVR Flight Engineer Sergeant Lloyd George Burry RAFVR Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Pilot Officer Richard Sidney Tedder Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Air Vice Marshal Robert Parker <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> Whitham CB OBE MC RAF Flying Officer John Gordon Green RAFVR Sergeant Frederick William Boustead RAFVR Flight Sergeant William John Hough RNZAF Pilot Officer Albert Henry Bowler RAFVR Pilot Officer Frank Stuart RAAF Flying Officer Owen Albert Smith RCAF Flying Officer Terence James Marriott RCAF Sergeant Wilfred Archibald Upston RAFVR Lieutenant Paul Seymour Skelton RN HMS Medway Lieutenant Colonel Lucius William Armstrong-MacDonnell Irish Guards Colonel J E Morin Free French Forces A ....Read More.Amrit on 7th December 2009 04:19:48
Help please: Coastal Command Ops 17th/18th May 1943On the night of 17/18th May 1943 F/O Eddie <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> RAAF of 137 Squadron was lost in the Gravelines area on a shipping recco - presumably shot down by flak. The following thread gives the current status of what I know about Eddie's loss. http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=94376 It was suggested to me that some of this forums Coastal Command experts may be able to further my understanding of what transpired that night. Were there any CC Squadrons operating in the Gravelines area that night? And if so, what type of operation were they on? Eddie was shot down at about 0130 off the Gravelines area. It is possible that he sank the German Minesweeper M345. However, I have read two different versions of where it was sunk (both via a Google search - so it needs further verification). Thank you all in advance for your help. Paul ....Read More.pfP7063 on 29th January 2010 10:09:18
Help please: Coastal Command Ops 17th/18th May 1943Hi Malcolm, I think the question has more to do with whether or not CC followed up F/O <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span>'s report with an op of their own. Bomber Command apparently did not, nor does it seems did Fighter Command. Cheers, Mark ....Read More.mhuxt on 30th January 2010 07:23:10
Flt. Lt. M. Jackson DFC : RAFVR 296 Squadron : Earls Colne Airfield : March 1945Can anyone please help or have information about the following RAFVR Pilot who was a member of RAF 296 Squadron (38 Group) based at Marks Hall, Earls Colne Airfield, and took part in Operation Varsity, The Rhine Crossings, March 24th, 1945. According to records held at the National Archives RAF 296 Squadron were first up in the serial lifts that left from Earls Colne on March 24th 1945. RAF 297 Squadron (also based at Marks Hall, Earls Colne) followed. Records further confirm that RAF 296 Squadron Leader, Wing Commander, T. C. <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span>, led this first serial lift (30 x Halifax Tug Planes x 30 Horsa Gliders x B Squadron, 1 Wing GPR). Second-up, who rolled 1 1/2 minutes behind <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> was:- RAFVR Pilot : Flt. Lt. M. Jackson. From personal WW2 letters written by my father it would appear that Flt.Lt. M. Jackson (Jacko) was a good friend. I believe Flt.Lt. M. Jackson was promoted in 1945 to Acting Squadron Leader and was awarded the DFC. Can anyone please help to confirm this. Thank you. Lindsay Aspin ....Read More.Lindsay Aspin on 14th July 2010 03:19:15
Whirlwind vs Fw190Good evening Gents. I'm hoping that one or more of you may be able to help in answering the following questions I have re Eddie <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span>'s combat against a Fw190A-4 of 8./JG 26 on January 28th 1943. Before asking my questions, here is what I have so far: [B]28th January 1943[/B] Low clouds restricted flying. The Third Gruppe were scrambled from Wevelgem shortly after 1100 as several enemy aircraft were reported headed toward the base. The base was indeed attacked by a single No. 137 Squadron Whirlwind, piloted by an Australian, B. L. <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span>. Only one pair of Fw 190s was in a possible position to intercept. Uffz. Heinrich Wlter had to attack from beneath but overshot, and passed in front of the Whirlwind. Reacting by instinct, <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> fired a quick burst from the Whirlwinds four 20-mm nose cannon; the Focke-Wulf was hit and dived straight into the ground. The Australian pilot made good his escape in the clouds, but had no idea that he had hit the German aircraft, and filed no claim. The outcome of his combat, and the identification of his victim, only became known as a result of recent research. Wlter was flying Fw 190A-4, WNr. 5622 Black 2 He crashed between Dadizeale and Beselaere at about 11:08 am. (I believe that Uffz. Heinrich Wlter was buried at Bourdon (France) 32/8/135) [B]Source: The JG 26 War Diary, Volume Two 1943 1945 By Don Caldwell Page 21[/B] [B]14th August 1941[/B] Whilst climbing to try and intercept the aircraft of Circus 73, Ogfr. Heinrich Wlter and the other pilots of III/JG 26 were intercepted by the Spitfires of 315 Squadron (306 Squadron) escorting the Blenheims Wlter was flying Bf 109F-4 WNr. 7126 was hit and injured and had to bail out. [B]Source: The JG 26 War Diary, Volume One 1939 1942 By Don Caldwell Pages 165-167[/B] It also appears possible (from a source on the web that I forgot to copy the url and can longer find!) that Wlter flew against the Swordfish that tried to attack the Sharnhorst and Gneisenau on 12th February 1942. His claim was not confirmed. [B]137 Squadrons ORB recorded the following:[/B] [B]28th January 1943[/B] <a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=P7005">P7005</a>, F/O J.L. DeHoux 1035 - 1125, on a Rhubarb, found a goods train pulling out of a station. 6 miles south of Bergues. He gave the engine a 4 second burst of cannon, observing strikes, and then dropped 2 x 250lb bombs on it from 50. On looking back, he saw a big cloud of steam coming from the engine. <a href="../serials/details.php?uniq=P7058">P7058</a>, F/O E.L. <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> 1035 - 1140, on a similar trip, dropped 2 x 250lb bombs from 100 on a goods train 1 mile south west of Tielt, and then attacked twice with cannon, leaving the engine enveloped in steam. Whilst pulling away from the second attack, 2 Fw.190s were sighted about 800 yards away. 1 fired 2 bursts at F/O <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span>, and then pulled into cloud. F/O <span style="background:yellow">Musgrave</span> got in a short burst from 300 yards, using 2 rings deflection at the enemy aircraft before getting into cloud himself and returning to Base. According to Ed ....Read More.pfP7063 on 20th January 2011 04:59:01
ANZAC Day Memorial"For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today." P/O Colin Douglas Bell RAAF No.403317 KIA September 11th 1944 P/O Stewart Gordon Brannigan RNZAF No.404885 MIA August 11th 1942 P/O Maxwell Tylney Cotton DFC RAAF No.408204 MIA June 15th 1943