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    Default Vildebeest K4168, 36 Sqn - where and why was it lost?

    Hello everyone

    Another quick query. I'm looking for details about the loss of the above Vickers Vildebeest of 36 Sqn, lost on January 26th 1942. Can anyone supply details of the loss.

    Crew were all KIA:
    RICHARDSON, George Sydney, MiD, 40017, Flt Lt, RAF
    LOCKHART, Joseph, 401041, Sgt, RAAF
    HARRIS, Bernard Vernon, 755290, Sgt (Obs), RAF

    And can anyone give further details of Richardson's Mentioned in Despatches?

    Many thanks

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    Somewhere in the Singapore / Malay peninsular region.

    Lockhart's casualty file hasn't been digitised but the location recorded on the index is Singapore. No.36 Sqn are recorded online as having taken part in operations against Japanese landings in Malaya that day.
    Alan Clark

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    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    They were shot down by fighters during an attack on a Japenese convoy landing troops at Endau

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    Hi Simon,

    Can't tell you about Richardson's 'MiD', but can tell you about his 'MiT"!

    Low Flying Over The Isle Of Wight. R.A.F Officer Found Guilty.

    The Court Martial at the R.A.F. Station, Gosport, on Wednesday, found a young officer 'Not Guilty' of a charge of low flying over Athersfield Bay Holiday Camp. Isle of Wight, yesterday heard evidence of a similar charge against Pilot Officer George Sidney [sic] Richardson, 24, who pleaded not guilty.
    Evidence was given that on June 30 (1938), the accused man was authorized to carry out practice flying accompanied by Pilot Officer E. R. Berry*, who was found not guilty the previous day.
    The only witness for the prosecution was Francis Boyce, the manager of the holiday camp, who was certain that the machine stunted and dived as low as 8ft. from the ground. personally, he said, he enjoyed the sight, and he thought that many of the other campers did so too.
    Berry, for his defence, said he did not remember descending lower than 500ft., but aerobatics were carried out at 3,000ft. After deliberation the Court found against the accused and sentence will be promulgated in due course.

    See: The Times. Friday, August 19, 1938. p.9.

    *Like Richardson, Berry did not survive WWII. He was shot down on 29/30-8-1940, NE of De Kooy airfield in No.107 Sqn Blenheim IV N3620.

    Also take a look here:

    www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z002_1.pdf

    (p.11 of 236)

    Col.
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    Many thanks for all the replies.

    The AWM documents really are great for research, as long as the plane you're researching had an RAAF member on board!

    Interesting to read the Court Martial report too Colin - what great fun buzzing a holiday camp!!

    Regards

    Simon

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    Simon,

    A detailed account of the tragic Endau raid of 26 January 1942 can be found on pp17-42 of Vol Two of 'Bloody Shambles' by Shores, Cull and Izawa. Included is a photo of Richardson on p31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Errol Martyn View Post
    Simon,

    A detailed account of the tragic Endau raid of 26 January 1942 can be found on pp17-42 of Vol Two of 'Bloody Shambles' by Shores, Cull and Izawa. Included is a photo of Richardson on p31.

    Errol
    Thanks for the pointer Errol - I'll see if I can get hold of a copy.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Thank you once again for the recommendation Errol. I've just read the account of the attack on January 26 in 'Bloody Shambles', and the title of the book is completely apposite...

    Can anyone supply an individual code letter for K4168 at the time?

    Regards

    Simon

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