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    Default N S Mingard, 55 Course 2 SFTS 1940/41

    Guys,

    Good news, l think this chap survived the war, number of mentions afterwards. Looks like he was with 582 Squadron laterly.

    Does anyone have any details at all, please?

    Regards,

    Nick

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    742768 Norman Stanley MINGARD (61944).

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35127/pages/1962
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Default Squ/L Norman Stanley Mingard, DFC DSO 61944, 2 SFTS

    Thanks Dennis,

    Identified a bit more about this chap.

    Served through the war, certainly surviving a tour with 582 Squadron, and continued to serve at least up to 1953.

    I intend to track him through the Squadron ORB's but does anyone have any information on his war time service?

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Hello,

    There are several mentions of him in the names index of Sean Feast "Master Bombers the experiences of a Pathfinder at War 1944-1945" which is the History of No. 582 Squadron. Indeed the title doesn't show this up. This is a Grub Street book.

    First mention of him is in September 1944, a raid against Le Havre (p67)

    I quote page 94 "Bill Heane from Preston had the very good fortune of being picked as navigator to one of the very best master bombers, Squadron Leader 'Min' Mingard. It was a partnership that lasted well, surviving six trips in the master bomber role, on three occasions being hit by Flak and on two consecutives sorties to Le Havre in September very nearly coming to grief.
    "our skipper, Squadron Leader 'Min' Mingard, used to say that if you're at the front of the queue you've got more chance of making it back. It worked. We flew 57 trips on Pathfinders on an extended tour, six as master bomber and one as deputy master bomber. And Survived".
    end of quote.

    He was an experienced flyer with more than 2000 hours of blind flying under his belt.

    I didn't spot a portrait of his pilot, but there's a picture of one of his crewmates with a damaged Lancaster in the back.

    He was posted out circa February 1945, when he was a Flight Commander. Last mention of him in the book.

    so indeed he survived the war.
    Hope this helps.

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    Joss,

    Excellent information as always, thank you very much.

    So far l can confirm a 65% casualty rate, 57% died, but l still have to establish the facts on 12 of the cadets so it can only really get worse.

    What is clear is that if they survived the first 6/9 months, they went on to be exceptional pilots, Min being a good example. If they became POW's, there life would just be put on hold but at least they survived.

    Regards,

    Nick

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