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    Hi all,

    Sorry to bother you again with my inquiries but here is a list of pilots who must have served with 401 Squadron some time in 1942. Despite advanced research I have not been able to track down their full names. None of these men seem to have been awarded any distinction and all of them must have survived the war. As usual, any help greatly appreciated.

    S/P R. Armstrong
    S/P J.L. Becker
    P/O W.J. Cameron
    F/S H.P. Coates
    F/L G.B. Davidson
    F/S L.F. Foster
    P/O A.G. Hamilton
    S/P R.D. Hebert
    S/P W.A. Laing
    S/P M.H. Lawlor
    S/P A.C. Lewis-Watts
    S/P R.G. Patterson
    S/P H.W. Potter
    S/P B.R. Shaw

    Also, could anyone provide F/S Frank B. Evans' and F/S Robert M. Zobell's middle name?

    Thanks,

    Fox.
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    Fox , Not much but i have a Sgt/P AC LEWIS -WATTS , with 164 Sqd . taxy accident ,Spitfire R6801 27/7/42 ,
    SERIAL No R 93066 , info from the 1180 , hope this serial No works out for you . i have nothing else to offer you on your latest list , perhaps some of these pilots went to the USA UNITS ?

    phill jones

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    Thanks, Phill.

    Actually, I am particularly interested in the last two pilots above mentioned -- Evans and Zobell:

    - Frank B. Evans was from South Porcupine (Ontario).

    - Robert M. Zobell is sometimes referred to as "Zip" Zobell. He was wounded during the Dieppe Raid but managed to land safely in Britain.

    Unfortunately, I have no more details regarding them.
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    Fox i have sent you a private message regarding ZOBELL
    SPEAK LATER PHILL JONES

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    Hi Fox

    Flt Sgt H. P. Coates may be:

    COATES, HERBERT PERCIVAL, 1262926, RAFVR
    b Montevideo, Uruguay, 8 Dec 19
    enl in RAFVR, Montevideo, 11 May 40
    emb for UK, ca Jun 40
    joined RAFVR, Uxb, 8 Aug 40
    ITW, 22 Aug 40
    17 EFTS, Rutland, Mar 41
    32 SFTS, Moose Jaw, Sask, Can, 23 Jun 41
    plt badge & to Sgt Plt, 1941
    57 OTU, Hwdn, Flint, 11 Nov 41-5 Jan 42
    81 Sqn, Turnhouse, Jan 42
    289 (AAC) Sqn, Kirknewton, ca Mar-18 Aug 42
    Flt Sgt, 1942
    222 Sqn, Drem, 18 Aug 42
    41 Sqn, 17 Feb-LM 4 Mar 43

    I have nothing more on him after March 1943, when he left 41 Sqn, but can tell you that one of his logbooks is held by the NA: "Sgt. H. P. Coates, Uruguayan Civil Pilot's Personal Flying Log Book showing civil flying in Uruguay, 1938-40, R.A.F. training in Britain and Canada and fighter operations, 1942", covering the dates Dec 38-Sep 42, TNA AIR 4/15.

    Hope this helps. Could you please tell me what you have on him?

    THanks
    Steve
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    P/O W.J. Cameron could be William J. Cameron who later joined 403, 416 and 72 Sq.

    F/L G.B. Davidson - possibly George Garrett Davidson who joined 401 in September 1942.

    S/P H.W. Potter - There was a Horace W. Potter with 309 FS, 31 FG in 1943


    John Engelsted

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    Fox , Further to my P/M regarding Zobell , Both he and A WA LAING arrived on the island together both flying off HMS Furious , Spitfires over malta has the date of 29 October 42
    But the ORB FOR 185 Sqd has them posted to the SQD on the 24 October 42 , Zobell , flying his first Sortie on the 25 Oct 42 he flew 4 Sorties that day
    WA Laing flying his first sortie on the 26 Oct 42 ,He Flew 2 sorties this day , I think Laing also flew with 229 Sqd?

    The ORB for 185 Sqd makes mention of the fact that Both Zobells and Laing were Commissioned to Pilot Officer's when Notification was recieved on the 7 April 42.

    Zobells is listed in the 185 Sqd ORB as MB ZOBELL

    RGS Phill jones

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    Hi all,

    Thanks a lot for your help. Phill, I am away from home until Monday and will not be able to get into the details your provided before. Will surely keep you informed in due time.

    Regards,

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    Phill, I have sent you a PM.

    Steve, as far as Herbert Percival Coates is concerned, I am sorry I have no more details, except that a Sergeant/Flight Sergeant H.P. Coates is mentioned in 401 Squadron ORB during the first two weeks of January, 1943.

    John, thank you. Your information seem to correspond with what I have.
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    As for William J. Cameron (J/6487), he must have been shot down and captured later in the war (POW number 2595 - Stalag Luft III). However, I cannot find the Squadron he was posted to when shot down, nor the date on which it occured.
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