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    James died 6 Nov 1941. Can anyone tell me his Squadron and how he died

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    He was on board (as pilot) 22 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Wellington X9702, which crashed after stalling just off the airfield at Stratford Upon Avon.
    W) J.A. Rich, DFM, killed.
    P/O R.R. Clamp, killed.
    Sgt C./R. Whitworth, injured.
    Sgt D.A. Mitchell, RCAF injured
    P/O J.N. Sanders, injured.
    info from Chorley OTU Losses.
    Chorley also states that J.A. Rich had recently completed a tour of duty with 142sqdn, i have a copy of the 142sqdn Operations Record Book, if you want anything from it, please do not hesitate to email me off board.
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    This may also add another piece to F/Sgt. Rich’s story. Ian Tavender’s book “The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War” has the following : -

    RICH, James Augustus 741105 Flight Sergeant No. 142 Sqn.

    London Gazette 21/11/1941, Sorties 21, Flying hours 132.10, Pilot

    Flight Sergeant Rich arrived in the squadron on 3rd. December 1940 and from the very beginning has made a name for himself as an outstanding NCO pilot. He became Captain of an untrained crew early in February 1941, when the squadron were re-equipped and spent some weeks in bringing them up to operational standard. His first operational flight was on 21st. April 1941, and from that time forward, his crew became outstanding in all the operational sorties they undertook. They have operated with exceptional reliability and on all except one mission, have reached their target or target area. These sorties included a daylight raid on Brest and two on Berlin, during one of which a successful photograph of the target area was obtained. The excellent work of this crew is entirely due to the high standard which Flight Sergeant Rich sets, not only for himself, but also for the rest of his crew. He is conscientious in his work and painstaking and careful planning of his sorties. The co-operation between the members of his crew is ideal and his leadership and determination is an inspiration to his crew and the squadron. His discipline, bearing and manner are all as outstanding as his operational work. I consider that the sound work done, high example set and devotion to duty shown by Flight Sergeant Rich, coming as they did when the squadron was starting on a new phase of operations with Wellingtons, were of inestimable value to the squadron and the Service. He thoroughly merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal. This NCO has completed his operational tour and has been posted to the C.F.S. for an instructor’s course.

    Douglas

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