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    Default Book "Canadians in the RAF" by Les Allison has anyone got it?

    If so could they please see if F/L William Sydney LONGHURST (42852) is in it and what if anything it says about him?

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    Paul

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    Paul,

    LONGHURST, William Sydney, F/L (42852) A.F.C., of Swanson, Sask.

    Joined in Aug./39 and flew Whitleys in No.102 Sqdn. His A.F.C. citation read: "These officers made the first tug and glider crossing of the N. Atlantic from Canada to Br. Landing on July 1/43, W/C Richard Seys of Montreal and S/L F. M. Gobeil of Toronto were pilot and co-pilot of the glider and F/L Longhurst piloted the towing Dakota. Both carried serum and vital aircraft parts. The flight landed in Nfld., Greenland, and Iceland in adverse weather. Altitude was limited to 3,000 ft. in severe buffeting which threatened separation. All pilots showed great skill." F/L Longhurst transferred to the R.C.A.F. in May, 45.

    Canadians in the Royal Air Force.
    Allison,Les.
    Roland:Author,1978.
    pp.162-3.

    Better off checking Hugh Halliday's work.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 29th October 2012 at 11:24.

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    Thanks = is that all ???just his name no bio on him? thanks

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    From awards data base.

    LONGHURST, F/L William Sydney (42852) - Air Force Cross - Ferry Command - awarded as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943. Born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, 17 January 1919; educated at Outlook (Public and High School) and Toronto (Central Technical School, aeronautical engineering). Employed by Gillies Flying Club for two months, while taking pilot course (1938). Appointed Acting Pilot Officer on Probation, RAF, 23 October 1939; confirmed as Flying Officer, 18 May 1941; as Flight Lieutenant, 18 May 1942. Ferry Command delivery cards (Directorate of History and Heritage) show him delivering a Hudson to Britain in July and August 1941, and then constantly engaged on this work until November 1944, including taking a Liberator to the Pacific, touching down in China, New Zealand and Australia before returning via California. Transferred to RCAF, 2 May 1945 (C94040); released 23 October 1945. Employed by Worldwide Aviation as a pilot to April 1946 and Wheeler Airlines to February 1947 when he joined Canadair as a test pilot (Chief Test Pilot and Chief of Flight Operations from January 1953 onwards. . Photo PL-48255 shows him with wife after being invested with AFC. Cited with S/L F.M. Gobeil (RCAF) and W/C R.G. Seys (RAF); Air Ministry Bulletin 11245 refers.

    These officers made the first tug-and-glider crossing of the North Atlantic from Canada to the United Kingdom, landing on the 1st July 1943. Wing Commander Seys and Squadron Leader Gobeil were pilot and co-pilot respectively of the glider and Flight Lieutenant Longhurst piloted the towing aircraft. Both aircraft carried useful loads, the cargo of the glider being nearly one and one half tons and including serum and vital aircraft spares. The flight involved landings in Newfoundland, Greenland (an exceptionally difficult one) and Iceland. Adverse weather was encountered at times and, as the glider could not ascend higher than 13,000 feet, the aircraft were frequently buffeted about and might have broken adrift but for the skilful flying of the glider pilots. They also showed great skill in overcoming the difficulties of flying in clouds.

    An incomplete listing of his Ferry Command flights reads as follows:

    5 August 1941 - depart Montreal in Hudson III, V9120 to Goose Bay; complete delivery to United Kingdom, 14-15 August 1941.

    24-25 August 1941 - return to Montreal as passenger on aircraft AM263.

    28 August 1941 - depart Montreal in Hudson AE493 to Goose Bay; complete delivery to United Kingdom, 29 August 1941.

    11 September 1941 - depart United Kingdom as passenger, aircraft HM918 to Montreal.

    24 September 1941 - depart Montreal in Hudson AM938 to Goose Bay; depart there on 28 September 1941 to complete delivery to United Kingdom.

    30 September 1941 - depart United Kingdom by sea for Canada, arriving 9 October 1941.

    27 December 1941 - depart Montreal .in a Bolingbroke to Ottawa; depart there 30 December 1941 to North Bay; depart North Bay by Bolingbroke on 1 January 1942 to Winnipeg, proceeding on 3 January 1942 to Moose Jaw; on 4 January 1942 to Lethbridge; on 5 January 1942 to Patricia Bay; returned to Montreal by train.

    25 March 1942 - departed Montreal for navigation flight to Dartmouth, aircraft HE709.

    31 March 1942 - departed Montreal for navigation flight to Toronto, aircraft HE708. To Ottawa and back to Montreal, 1 April 1942.

    2 May 1942 - depart Montreal for Presqu’ile. Maine, special flight, aircraft BW639, returning the same day.

    20 July 1942 - depart Montreal for Goose Bay. Aircraft FH921; on to Reykjavik on 21 July 1942 and to United Kingdom, 23 July 1942. Returned to Canada by air, 26 July 1942.

    24 August 1942 - departed Montreal in B-26, FK163 to Presqu’ile; returned to Montreal by train.

    30 August 1942 - departed Montreal in B-25, FK171 to uncertain destination; returned by train.

    7 September 1942 - departed Montreal on special flight, aircraft AE890 to “DEF” and “SLC”.

    17 September 1942 - departed Long Beach in aircraft AE890 to San Franciso, returning to Long Beach on 20 September 1942; to San Francisco on 24 Septenber 1942.

    25 November 1942 - departed Long Beach for Phoenix in AE890 to Memphis and on to Montreal, arriving 27 November 1942.

    3 December 1942 - departed Montreal on special flight, AE890 to Nashville.

    24 December 1942 - departed Nashville for West Palm Beach, FR362. He flew this machine to Trinidad (7 January 1943), Belem (8 January 1943), and Natal (9 January 1943). To Ascension Island (11 January 1943); to Natal (12 January 1943), to Ascension (16 January 1943), to Natal again (17 January 1943), to Ascension (23 January 1943), to Natal again (24 January 1943), to Ascension (2 February 1943), to Natal (3 February 1943), to Ascension (12 February 1943), to Natal (14 February 1943), to Ascension (26 February 1943), to Natal (27 February 1943), to Belem (1 March 1943), to Trinidad (2 March 1943), to Porto Rico and West Palm Beach (3 March 1943), to Washington (5 March 1943) and Montreal (6 March 1943).

    27 March 1943 - departed Montreal for Washington, aircraft AL504, returning to Montreal 19 March 1943.

    12 April 1943 - passenger to Houlton, Maine, returning 13 April 1943.

    22 April 1943 - departed Montreal on Special Flight, aircraft FD794 to “NB” [New Brunswick ?], returning the same say.

    27 April 1943 - departed Montreal in Dakota FD794 to Stephenville; to Gander and Goose Bay, 28 April 1943 and Montreal on 29 April 1943.

    4 May 1943 - departed Montreal for Atlanta; Dakota FD794; to Nassau on 5 May 1943; to Richmond on 7 May 1943; to Washington and Newark on 8 May 1943; returning to Montreal on 9 May 1943.

    16 May 1943 - departed Montreal in Hudson FR582 to Dartmouth, returning same day.

    17 May 1943 - departed Montreal in Spartan KD102 to Toronto, returning 18 May 1943.

    23 June 1943 - departed Montreal in Dakota FD900 on glider tow to Goose Bay; departed for Bluie West One, 27 June 1943; to Reykjavik, 30 June 1943; to United Kingdom, 1 July 1943. Flown back to Canada on 14 July 1943.

    26 July 1943 - departed Montreal in Hudson FH318 to New York, returning same day.

    28 July 1943 - departed Montreal in Hudson T9386 to Toronto, returning same day.

    14 August 1943 - departed Montreal for West Pal Beach, Liberator BZ718; to Nassau on 15 August 1943 and back to West Palm Beach the same day; to Miami on 20 August 1943; to Trinidad on 21 August 1943 and that same day to Belem; to Natal on 22 August 1943; to Ascension and Accra on 23 August 1943; to Ascension on 24 August 1943; to Natal on 25 August 1943; to Belem and Trinidad on 26 August 1943; to Nassau and West Palm Beach, 27 August 1943. On 6 September 1943, departed West Palm Beach in same Liberator to Miami; Trinidad and Belem on 7 September 1943; to Natal and Ascension on 8 September 1943; to Accra and back to Ascension on 10 September 1943; to Natal on 11 September 1943; to belem and Trinidad on 12 September 1943. Departed Trinidad, 13 September 1943 to Nassau.

    13 September 1943 - departed Nassau in Liberator FL995 to West Palm Beach; to Miami on 15 September 1943. Proceeded to Nassau, date uncertain.

    29 September 1943 - departed Nassau in Liberator FL914 to Miami; to Trinidad 30 September 1943.

    A portion of the record seems not to have been copied and the card should be revisited. Trips resume at:

    5 November 1944 - departed Montreal, Liberator FW670 to El Paso and San Diego; to San Francisco on 7 November 1944; to Honolulu on 10 November 1944; to Canton and Fiji on 11 November 1944; to Auckland and Sidney, 12 November 1944; to Auckland and Fiji, 16 November 1944; to Canton, 17 November 1944; to Honolulu on 18 November 1944; to San Francisco, 19 November 1944 and on to San Diego.

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    Hugh/Col

    Thanks for that I was hoping it would confirm my suspicion that he baled out of Tiger Moth (N6850
    or N6855) over Stretton-on-Dunsmore, near Rugby, Warks while with 9EFTS after a collision on September 25, 1939

    Other pilot was Philip Brandon-Trye

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    Haha! Hi Paul. I bet Hugh's dead chuffed that he copied out all that stuff when you could have said what you were looking for in the beginning!

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    Ian

    I hope he didn't copy it out - I hope his stuff was in his database and it was a cut n paste job- If he did I applogise!


    Paul

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