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    Default F/Lt T R or J R Danby DFC RAF 1943/1944 Gunnery Leader:calling 101 sqdn Experts?

    I am trying to identify a Gunnery Leader on 166 squadron in the spring of 1944. Ive only got a signature that looks like a J followed by an R .Danby and he is a Flight Lieutenant.He only stayed a short time,did not fly any operations and was replaced in june 1944.
    I would expect that he was a second tour man.I have found a Thomas Ramsey Danby DFC who was decorated on 101 squadron. I think he returned to 101 as Gunnery Leader in 1943.Is it possible that he then went on to 166?

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    From the 101 Sqn ORB:

    8 May 1943 P/O Danby (A/G) posted to 1656 Conversion Unit on completion of operational tour

    8 July 1943 P/O TR Danby (A/G) posted to the Squadron as Gunnery Leader - an old friend returns

    30 December 1943 111100 F/L T.R. Danby (Gunner 'S') DFC posted to C.G.S. wef 17.12.43

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    DANBY, Thomas Ramsey, F/O (111100, RAFVR*) - No.101 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943. Born 25 January 1918 in Brandon, Nounty Durham. Air Gunner; attached as supernumerary to Ferry Command when he proceeded overseas from Canada, 23-24 May 1942 (Montreal-Goose Bay-United Kingdom). Public Record Office Air 2/8964 has citation drafted when he had flown 39 sorties (225 hours).

    "This officer has now completed a most successful tour of operations in Lancaster aircraft. He has proved himself to be a worthy member of a very gallant crew, which has attained outstanding success over many well defended targets in Germany such as Cologne, Essen and Berlin. Flying Officer Danby’s courage, skill and devotion to duty have been of the highest order and have contributed in large measure to the high morale existing among gunners in this squadron."

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    Hello there,
    Just for the sake of completeness,A/F/L T.R.Danby was also attached to 100 Squadron from 101 Squadron as temporary Gunnery Leader from 22/8/43 to 13/9/43.
    Regards,Mark.
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    Thanks gents, but do you think this is the 166 squadron Danby? B

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    My father, Ernest Alec Brown was an Air Gunner and trained pilots and others in Scotland for most of the War. However towards the end I understand he was a member of Squadron Leader Danby's crew and had a few sorties over Germany. I have a photo of four of them, but not much knowledge of anything else. My dad's service no was 1262459. Another no. associated with him was 199052. Does anything know of this crew and which Danby it would be.

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    Tom Danby died in March 1981 in Boston/Lincs

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    Hello,

    Re: 111100 F/L Thomas Ramsey DANBY DFC RAFVR. In Post #3, I notice Hugh Halliday mentions that Danby; proceeded overseas from Canada 22/23 May 1942 (Montreal-Goose Bay-United Kingdom). Oliver Clutton-Brock, in his latest book, Trusty to the End The History of 148 (Special Duties) Squadron 1918-1945 (p.208), tells us; On 9 February (1942), two American 4-engined Consolidated Liberator Mk.II bombers arrived from RAF Snaith, Yorkshire, to join 1653 CU. Though two more Liberators arrived for the unit's use on 24 February, their arrival was offset by the departure to the USA of another Liberator*, crewed by F/O J.W.Purcivall** RNZAF (NZ.401031); Pilot Officers MacDonald, Sutton and Danby; NZ.391971 Flight Sergeant K.I.Street RNZAF DFM; and Sergeants Hugill and Shadwell.

    G/C. C.M.Hanson in his, By Such Deeds (p.402), tells us that F/O John William Purcivall DFC, RNZAF, following his tour of duty with 103 Sqn briefly flew with 15 and 150 Sqns RAF before converting to Liberators. He joined RAF Ferry Command in Feb 1942 and flew a Liberator across the Atlantic to Gander, Newfoundland (no date mentioned). In For Your Tomorrow, Vol.3 (p.401), Errol Martyn mentions that F/O J. W. Purcivall, went to 1653 CU (Liberator), 24 Feb 42, RAF Ferry Command Prestwick Apr 42, flew a Liberator to Canada, returned to UK [from USA?], 1653 CU (Liberator)24 May 42 ...

    Could Clutton-Brock's P/O Danby be 111100 P/O Thomas Ramsey DANBY?

    * Possibly Consolidated Liberator Mk.II AL507 - To Prestwick 19.5.42; Prestwick-Gander 22-23.5.42 ... (see: The Liberator in RAF & Commonwealth Service/Oughton. p.99

    ** Fn p.208: Due to lack of personal details in the Unit's records it has been possible to positively identify only those two awarded a decoration. Street would survive the war, but Purcivall was killed in a flying accident in the UK on 22 September 1942 in Halifax W1272, 460 RAAF Conversion Flight.

    Comments welcomed.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th March 2018 at 14:18.

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