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    Default F/O Duncan Whiteley Balden baleout Sept 20, 1937 800 Sqn

    Can anyone suggest a loss for the following incident:

    A/C.1 John Beresford Murfin lost his life in an accident which occurred in Moray Firth, on September 20, to an aircraft of No. 800 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron. He was a passenger of the aircraft. The pilot, F / O . Duncan Whiteley Balden, was rescued


    Balden baled out and was rescued from the sea by HMS Rodney

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    Paul

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    Paul,

    Osprey K5756 (FAA A/c, Units and Ships 1920-39)

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    DaveW

    Thanks for that!

    Paul

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    Default Duncan Balden

    Hi Paul

    Out of interest, Duncan Balden transferred to the RAF, retrained as fighter pilot, joined 266 Squadron and was one of those who flew to Malta on the first Hurricane reinforcement from a carrier, and eventually commanded 261 Squadron during the 1940 defence of the island.

    See ' Hurricanes over Malta'

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    Hi Paul,
    Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman of 21st Sept has the full story, F/O Balden was actually rescued unconscious from the sea near the shore by Harvesters at Navity on the Black Isle, given EAR and later transferred to HMS Rodney suffering from shock and exposure. Aircraftsman Murfin's body was found behind the shore with an unopened parachute.

    The Glasgow Herald of 7th May 1938 has an article where F/O Balden's engagment to Miss Molly Morison of Navity is announced. Molly Morison administered EAR when he was pull from the sea. A bit of an extreme way to find a bride !

    PM me if you would like copies of the articles.

    Alan.

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    Er, I know I'm going to regret this Alan, but what is 'EAR'?

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    Possibly Emergency Artificial Respiration such as the Heimlich manoeuvre on drowning victims. Mouth-to-mouth ventilation is ineffective until the water is removed.

    I am not a real Doctor you know....

    Ian

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    Alan

    Thanks for aditional info I have added it to my notes

    Paul

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    EAR- Expired Air Resusitation, modern name for the kiss of life.
    There are two types of drowning, wet and dry. Wet is where the lungs fill with water and dry is where the epiglotus goes into spasm and shuts off the airway, usually caused by inhaling a very cold wave. Dry is more survivable and is probably what happen to F/O Balden. Incidentally drowning in sea water is more survivable than in fresh water, can't remember why, something to do with the salt........

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    Thanks Alan. I'd not heard of it previously and Google didn't help.

    Brian

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