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    Default 407 squardon April 1943

    I would like to find the ORB(s) for 407 sq. for the night of April 28 & 29 , 1943 , looking for a missing aircraft from that time frame. If anyone has these ?

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    From my notes, which are not all on the web pages yet:

    Wellington MP652, C1*S, lost early morning of 29 April 1943, NNW of Morte Point

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    Bill,
    I've MP652 lost on "20"-8-1943. Transitflight to Chivenor having being redirected returning from previous raid. Hit high ground and crashed Bunkercombe Hill, Somerset about 15.30 hrs. All RCAF crew killed in this accident:
    F/O Robert C. DALGLEISH - J/16442;
    F/O Gordon W. HIRTLE - J/20684;
    P/O Arthur H. PETERS - J/18148;
    W.Oš James H. CLANCY - R/83153, and
    W/Oš Ron A. CLARK - R/65425.
    I've no loss for 407 Sqn on 28/29-8-1943.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Procter's 407 Squadron History lists the 29th April crash as MP618 ('S') and MP652 ('S') on 20th August.
    In addition to the casualties listed for MP652 F/Sgt G.O. Buckman was seriously injured.
    I believe the crash site of MP652 May have been Buncombe Hill.
    Ian Macdonald

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    In addition, here are the circumstances of the loss of MP618.
    Departed Chivenor shortly after midnight but two hours later a message was received that the aircraft was returning due to engine trouble and contact was maintained for over an hour but was lost when the Wellington was off Hartland Point. Shortly after an aircraft was seen to crash in Morte Bay off Woolacombe.
    R76297 F/S J.D. Fergusson, captain, missing
    J13599 P/O J.R. Cornwall, second pilot, missing
    J7788 F/O A.A.S. Flemington, navigator, killed
    J15406 F/L G. Low, WAG, missing (Squadron Gunnery Officer)
    J16024 P/O J.P. Wheeler, WAG, missing
    R119298 Sgt S.C.F. Summers, WAG, killed
    (all but Flemington and Low appear to have received posthumous promotions)
    Source, again, from Procter's squadron history)
    Ian Macdonald

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    Thanks Ian and Henk.

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    Thanks for the info, 618 was the one I was looking for, great work.

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    I received a photo of the Drennan twin aircrew posed in front of a Hudson from a relative of the 2nd pilot. If anyone would like a copy of this photo, let me know and I will send (e-mail). This connects to another earlier thread which I cannot locate
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    Hello,

    Re: The Drennan twins:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13198-407-squadron-dec-5-1941

    Col.

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    I sent the relevant pages from the 407sqdn ORB to the nephew of R. Fido, and in return, he sent me a copy of the photo. Ifyou still need the ORB pages, let me know.
    Alan

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