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    On Saturday I had the honour of being invited to attend the annual service to commemorate the sinking of HM Submarine Truculent in the Thames Estuary on 12 January 1950, which was held in the St George's Centre, Chatham, where a memorial to those who were lost in the tragedy is located. My attendance at the service was to parade my RAF Association Branch Standard, and to remember the crew of an Avro Lancaster which crashed on take-off from RAF Kinloss en-route to RAF Leuchars to pick up a party of RN Divers who had been tasked to assist in the rescue from the submarine. In the Order of Service, the names of the crew are given as Flt Lt L G Harris, Flt Lt R G Williams, Flt Lt A E Stevens, Nav1 J Cunningham, and Sig1 E Geal. It would be appreciated if someone could confirm all the names, together with the ranks of the final two. Thank you.

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    Hello,

    www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7764

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    Hi Col.

    Thank you for the link, however there seems to be a difference in the spelling of Stevens/Stephens, and also the correct RAF ranks for Cunningham and Geal.

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    There is a web site dedicated to the sinking of HMS Truculent which contains photos of the aircrew of Lancaster SW363 along with crash site photos , eye witness statements and board of enquiry reports.
    The link is:-
    http://www.hms-truculent.com/lanc.html

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    Guys, you might add further replies to the original thread only as its dupicating information.

    Nav 1 and Sig 1 are post war ranks.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_other_ranks

    http://www.rafweb.org/Ranks6C.htm
    Signaller I, Navigator I etc seems to be the way it worked.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    The correct spelling of Stephens is: STEPHENS not the other way.

    Cunningham was a Navigator II and Geal a Signaller I. These NCO aircrew ranks remained in force until the 1951 Trade Structure was introduced when the reversion to Sgt and F/Sgt was made. Master Aircrew and its badge survived.

    One of the survivors of Truculent was lost in April 1951 in HMS Affray, as was the son of Commander Tubby Linton VC.

    Old Duffer

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    Thank you all for the information.

    Robin.

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    F/L Harris was 173573 and had been awarded the DFC.
    F/L Williams was 166553
    F/L Stephens was 176162
    Sig. 1 Geal was 615197
    Nav.2 Cunningham was 1671624

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    Re the previous post; Harris' s DFC was awarded for his time flying Leigh Light Wellingtons against enemy submarines. It must have been a bit alarming for a 'U' boot crew as this bloody great searchlight came pounding down on you from above, dispensing depth bombs as it went!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin View Post

    READ AND COMPLY WITH BOARD POLICY NOTE ON USE OF QUOTE FUNCTION

    ROSS

    Robin.
    There is plenty of info on http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk due in part to the owners of the truculent site having involvement with Kent History forum
    Last edited by Ross_McNeill; 19th January 2011 at 12:07. Reason: mis use of quote facility

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