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    Default Identity WO/AG Sgt Nisbett, 53 Squadron, 1940

    Dear all,

    I hope someone could help me with the identity of Sgt Nisbett, wireless operator/air gunner with 53 Squadron during 1940. I'm looking for his first names and service number.

    I've already checked the ORB and appendices of 53 Squadron and the book United in Effort by Jock Manson for info, but to no avail. Details should come up in the AIR78 material, however without initials or a service number there are too many possibilities.

    Hope that someone has a clue on file.

    TIA for your efforts,
    Hans Nauta

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    Hello,

    The following might be of interest:

    Friday, June 14, 1940.

    53 squadron, Gatwick.
    Reconnaissance.

    Blenheim IV R3632

    Returned damaged by ground fire near Elbeuf 2.30 p.m.

    F/Lt A.D. Panton
    Sgt McRae
    Sgt Nisbett

    All unhurt.

    Aircraft detached for reconnaissance duties in France and operating from Nantes for HQ RAF.

    See:
    The Battle of France Then and Now
    Cornwell,Peter
    Old Harlow:Battle of Britain Int.,2007.
    p.469

    Col.
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    Hallo Hans,

    He is 613160 AC2 Nisbett. Sorry no initials yet.

    Found him on page 33 of the 53 Sqn Appendices, Part 1 (1939 to May 1940). On a mobilization order covering the move to France.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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    Hello,

    Nesbitt's initials are: J.W. Listed on Runnymede as - 613160 W/O James William NISBET RAF - 17-04-1944.

    He is recorded in Flight July 13, 1944. Cas. Comm. No.401 as "Missing, Believed Killed on Active Service". Later,(Flight March 8, 1945), as "Previously Reported Missing Believed Killed on Active Service. Now Presumed Killed on Active Service".

    Col.
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    Hi Col and Martin,

    Many thanks for the quick answers! So his name was in the ORB after all. I fear that I overlooked this, assuming the mobilization order of the lower ranks (he was an AC at that time) concerned ground personnel...

    Regards,
    Hans

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    Hello,

    Can someone tell me what unit, if any, is recorded for 613160 W/O James William NISBET/NISBETT in GRO RAF War Deaths.

    Col.

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    Hi Col

    He is listed as 131 Sqn

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm,

    Appreciate that. Thanks.

    Col.

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    Hello,

    I was intrigued by Malcolm's mention of No.131 Sqn as the unit of W/O James William NISBET. No 131 Sqn was a Spitfire unit, and there were no recorded losses for this unit on 17-4-144. On checking my loss files, l came across the following:

    17-4-1944
    No.131(C) OTU
    Catalina I AH541

    Crashed near Montgomery Shoal, on night take-off from Killladeas, Lough Erne. Cause not known.

    106164 F/L (Flying Instr.) Donald George DEWAR RAFVR +
    156942 F/O (Flying Instr.) Vivian Basil CHARLTON RAFVR +
    1177934 F/Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Arthur MARSHALL RAFVR +

    Dewar,Charlton and Marshall are mentioned (as Killed on Active Service), in the same casualty list in Flight (July 13, 1944. Cas. Comm. No.401) as Nisbet.

    It would appear that Nisbet was also a casualty when Catalina AH541 crashed into Lough Erne, on 17-4-1944.

    Any comments?

    Col.
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    Hi Col

    As I typed it, I thought it was strange, but 131 OTU makes sense

    Malcolm

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