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    Default Captain HNE Salmon KoAS 6/12/43

    Another slight query.

    HAROLD NIGEL EGERTON SALMON KoAS 6/12/43 while Ferrying Mitchell FW159 from Dorval (aircraft disappeared without a trace) is listed as resigning from RAF and joining ATA in Wynn's Men of Battle of Britain - But the CWGC has him in Ferrying Comand (which would actually make more sence) than ATA in light of what he was doing when he died.

    But I would like confirmation he was not in ATA if possible

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2623017

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    Salmon is listed as a Civilian in "Ocean Bridge: The History of RAF Ferry Command", whereas the other three crew have their military designation. But it does imply that he was not ATA.

    and in the LG:

    Fit. Lt. H. N. E. SALMON (70596) to be dismissed the Service by sentence of General Court Martial. 18th Nov. 1941.

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    Last edited by Amrit; 26th February 2008 at 10:23. Reason: LG update & typo

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    Paul,

    One of my NZ casualties followed a similar pattern to this man, it would seem. Trained as a pilot with the RNZAF in 1939, on being selected here for an RAF short service commission, he transferred to the RAF in Jan 1940 but because of ill health relinquished his commission on 1 Oct 1940. He then joined the ATA (actually dated a few days earlier, on 27 Sep 1940) but left it on 28 Feb 42 (reason unknown). On 1 Jan 1943 he joined RAF Ferry Command (which later became 45 Gp of Transport Command) as a civilian employee and died at the beginning of a Mosquito delivery flight from Canada to Britain in 1945.

    If Salmon was lost on a delivery flight from Canada in Dec 1943 then he would have been either a military or civilian member of 45 Gp/Transport Command, not the ATA.

    Errol

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