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    Default H G Malcolm VC

    I was wondering if anybody might be able to help me. Do any members have details of the other aircraft and crews that were shot down on December 4th when he won his VC with 18 Squadron.

    Any help would be great,

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    Hello,

    See:

    Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Vol.1: 1939-1942.
    Gunby,David & Pelham Temple.
    Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2006.
    pp.204-5

    Col.
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    Many thanks for the reference. I don't suppose anybody has a list of pilots involved on the op as I don't have a copy of the book.

    Many thanks,

    Johnnie

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    Check out a book ....The Maw. Searching for the Hudson by James R Stevens on Amazon Click on search inside you can search pages (pages 122-123 ) there is some info.

    also check out http://www.18sqnassociation.co.uk/newsletters/Issue2.pdf

    Wray Eller was one the pilots who survived.

    Motherbird

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    Many thanks for that. I've actually found a note of the chap I've been trying to research in the book on Amazon. He was called Knickerbocker and seems to have served with 18 Squadron from April 1942 before shooting himself in the foot in late 42 (according to the book on Amazon).

    Johnnie

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    Default Flt/Sgt Knickerbocker

    Johnnie,

    I knew I'd seen that unusual name before, the 18 Sqdn battle order for Operation Millennium, 30.05.1942 lists Flt/Sgt Knickerbocker as the pilot of Blenheim "C" serial T2331. Hope this bit of info is useful to you.

    Talking about unusal names, one of the Wop/Ag's on the same battle order is a Flt/Sgt Blackadder...

    Cheers,
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    Many thanks for that. That's great additional information.
    I have to admit that it was the name that appealed to me when I first noticed it.
    Johnnie.

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    Hello,

    H.G. MALCOLM's VC is on display at the I.W.M. in London, in the Lord Ashcroft gallery/collection, in the top floor of the museum. I've just seen it this afternoon. A very impressive collection of VCs !!!

    Joss

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    Came across this as I am researching an 18sqn crew who was killed a few days earlier on the 30th December 1942 while flying Blida- Canrobert during a squadron move.
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1956/1956%20-%200166.html

    The book "With Courage and faith" may have the crews involved.

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    Hello,

    No list of the aircrews involved in the 4th december 1942 raid is listed in "With Courage and Faith". It describes the raid, but it's just too long to copy it here. The author just wrote "Three 18 Squadron crews and the second 614 Squadron crew survived". The caption of a picture says that Flight Lieutenant Fred ROTHWELL DFC was one of the few survivors of the Chouigui raid.

    The BLMEM volume suggested previously provides six crews taking part in this raid.

    Apart from the other websites mentioned, one has to rely on the Squadron ORB to get fixed about the IDs of the participating crews.

    Joss
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