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    Please could anyone with access to No. 640 Squadron details advise me on the composition of ED Kornegay's crew (around March / April 1944) as I am trying to establish if all of the crew transferred to No. 35 Squadron on (or around) 9th April 1944.

    Any help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hello,

    Bill Norman, in his No.640 Squadron history, Halifax Squadron, (p.246) quotes Edward Dawson Kornegay's crew as:

    Pilot: Kornegay, ED
    Navigator: Prosser, C
    Air Bomber: Williams, G
    W/Op.: Grantham, K
    MUG: Wilcox, W
    R/G: Chapman, R
    F/Eng.: Wooler, A

    Page 46 has a nice shot of Kornegay (in USAAF uniform), with the following caption:

    Halifax pilot Edward Dawson Kornegay, commonly called 'Doss', was a Texan who joined the RCAF in Canada before America entered the war. Trained in Canada, he came to Britain as a Pilot Officer and served with No.640 Squadron February 1944 - April 1944 before transferring to No.35 Squadron PFF. He successfully transferred to the American Eighth Air Force, but successfully pleaded to remain with the RAF and his crew. He and his crew completed 56 operations. (Photo via Ken Grantham).

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    Thanks Col

    That confirms that the complete seven-man crew was posted to No 35 Squadron. I believe (but have no evidence at the moment) that they had completed a tour before being posted to the squadron but I need to do a lot more research to confirm (or disprove) this.

    Regards (and thanks as always for your time / effort on this)

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    Kornegay's ops with No.640 Squadron:

    24/25 February 1944: SCHWEINFURT - LW464/F - P/O J Cotter (Kornegay, Second Dickie - landed Tangmere).
    6/7 March 1944: TRAPPES - LW499/G - Lt Kornegay.
    7/8 March 1944: LE MANS - LW499/G - Lt Kornegay.
    15/16 March 1944: STUTTGART - LW505/J - Lt E Kornegay.
    18/19 March 1944: FRANKFURT - LW505/J - Lt E Kornegay.
    22/23 March 1944: FRANKFURT - LW640/J - Lt E Kornegay.
    24/25 March 1944: BERLIN - LW640/J - Lt E Kornegay. *
    26/27 March 1944: ESSEN - LW640/J - Lt E Kornegay.
    30/31 March 1944: NUREMBERG - LW640/J - Lt E Kornegay.

    * For an account of this raid (by Kornegay's Wireless Op., Ken Grantham), see:

    The Bomber Battle For Berlin.
    A/C. John Searby DSO, DFC.
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1991.
    pp.130-133.

    Col.
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    Col

    Thanks once again; you help is much appreciated.

    I will push my luck (and then call it a day on this one) but do the ORB's show if the crew arrived from another squadron or from OTU / HCU?

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    I don't have the 640 Squadron ORB. My information is derived entirely from the following publication:

    Halifax Squadron:The wartime bombing operations of No.640 Squadron, Leconfield.
    Norman,Bill.
    Guisborough:Author,2005.
    ISBN 0-9547325-1-0

    Col

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    Thanks, as always, for your responses.

    I will see if I can obtain copies of the books mentioned and I am already in the process of trying to track down the respondees in the thread http://100548.activeboard.com/t32818...emburgcologne/

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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