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    I believe that 45 Group was an RAF ferry unit based in North America, including Canada, but a quick Google search came up almost blank. Can someone provide some dates, locations, etc. for this group?

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    Default No. 45 (T) Group

    Hi Bill

    No. 45 (T) Group was based at Dorval, Quebec. If you pick up a copy of Carl Christie's epic book 'Ocean Bridge', it will tell you everything you need to know about it an R.A.F. Ferry Command.

    ISBN 0-8020-0638-8 (Cloth)

    ISBN 0-8020-8131-2 (Paperback)

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi Bill:
    Former Ferry Command pilot Don McVicar's books are entertaining first-hand accounts of flying the North and South Atlantic with 45 Group. Published by Airlife: 'Ferry Command', 'North Atlantic Cat' and 'Change of Wings'. Another title is 'Ferryman' by A/C 'Taffy' Powell who was a key player at 45 Group.
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    Bill,

    The basic details per 'RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912' are:

    Formed 1.4.43 ex Ferry Command as No.45 (Atlantic Transport) Group in Transport Command at DORVAL; by 6.44 became No.45 (Transport) Group; 1.1.46 to Coastal Command; Became No.45 Wing 15.2.46.

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    Thanks to everyone for the responses.

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    Some pages on Norwegian pilots at this unit in Vera Henriksen's work on the history of the Norwegian air force (in Norwegian).

    - Mikkel Plannthin
    Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom. Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War
    fb.me/britainsvictorydenmarksfreedom
    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    Default RNAF Ferry Pilots

    Hello Mikkel,

    sorry to jumpin here. Is there anything in the book you mentioned about Nils Bjorn Rasmussen who died in an emergency landing in october 1942 in Ireland?

    I visited his grave last month and put photos on my site.

    I've seen the Irish military Archives report on the incident, I just wonder if there was anything in the book about the incident or about the airman?

    best regards

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    Hello Dennis,
    Kvm (Kvartermester/Sergeant) Nils Bjørn RASMUSSEN, born 2-8-1917 at Dybvaag, died 26-10-1942 in an emergency landing on Boston BZ200. The aircraft crashed 11.20 hrs on a ferry flight 5 miles W of Crossmolina, Mayo County. He was jammed in the aircraft and drowned. Two British airmen (unfortunately names not known) survived with only minor injuries. Rasmussen lies buried in the Kilmurray Cemetery at Crossmolina.
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    Actually, I haven't got the book myself yet (a regular book from the library!). He is mentioned briefly in Frederik Meyer's book on the same subject (again in Norwegian):

    Facts: 25 Oct 1942, died on delivering a Boston, near Crossmolina, and near destination. His 5th delivery.

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    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    Thanks guys,

    the other two airmen were

    Sgt Peter Frank Craske 1387671
    F/Sgt Frederick Micheal Fuller R/92107 RCAF

    From the Irish army file, they recorded their names and addresses.

    My photos are here:
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/rasmussen1.jpg
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/rasmussen2.jpg

    best regards

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