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    On 29 July 1942 aircraft from 403 Sqn are ordered on an ASR mission west of Hartlepool to look for airmen in a dinghy. ORB does not indicate type of aircraft, though it is not an aircraft with more than a pilot on board, cf.
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/sorties.php?id=1399

    Would anyone have an idea to the identity of the aircraft?

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    In a letter by one of the pilots they are described as 4 bomber boys.

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    Anyone?

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    Mikkel,
    There might just be a slight problem with your description of the location.
    An ASR mission WEST of Hartlepool would have to transit 157 km of solid rock (The Pennines) before it came to any sea!!! Probably the location might have been EAST of Hartlepool (not that that appears to have given you any answers!!!)?
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    Hi Mikkel, how about Whitley BD353 as a possibility?
    From BCL Vol 3:
    28-29th July 1942. Whitley BD353 of 10 OTU. Took off from Abingdon at 22.03 hrs for an op to Hamburg. Ditched 0534 some 10 miles SE of Tynemouth on the Northumberland coast. No injuries reported.
    Sgt S H J White
    P/O K C Wood
    Sgt A Hammond
    Sgt A F Hawkins
    Sgt R G Snook.

    Cheers,
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    Peter,
    You are right! I meant east of West Hartlepool.

    Tom.
    Thank you for this suggestion. Definitely a serious candidate.

    Note to myself: Must buy the rest of the BCL series at some point :-)

    The 403 ORB Form 540 has the following description:

    "At 0600 hours Yellow Section at West Hartlepool, Yellow 1 P/O K.P. Marshall, Yellow 2 Sgt. C.F.Sorensen instructed by controller to take off to look for dinghy. Flew 010 degrees for approx 5 minutes. Controller said should be 5 miles in front. Just then Yellow leader sighted oil patch on water about 30 degrees to starboard and about 3 miles in front. When got closer saw blob on water which on investigation proved to be a dinghy with 4 or 5 men. Gave fix to ops. Defiant came out and called launch, he led it to dinghy and saw men picked up. Defiant section from Ouston had previously failed to locate dinghy. Dinghy sighted about 10 miles off shore."

    I guess that 10 degrees from West Hartlepool would be very near 10 miles SE of Tynemouth. Date and time match.

    THANK YOU!

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