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    My awards data base entry for N.S.B. Hull currently reads below. I have no information as to his operations, other than the text of a photo caption below. Can someone identify the unit with which he was flying ?

    HULL, F/O Norman Stanley Barron (J15753) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 2 October 1918. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 January 1941 and posted to No.2 Manning Depot. To No.4 SFTS, 21 February 1941 (guard); to No.2 ITS, 10 April 1941; graduated and promoted LAC, 27 May 1941 when posted to No.2 EFTS; graduated 26 July 1941 when posted to No.11 SFTS; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 10 October 1941. Posted that date to “Y” Depot. To RAF overseas, 2 November 1941; promoted Flight Sergeant, 10 April 1942. Commissioned 8 July 1942. Promoted Flying Officer that same date. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 8 July 1944. Taken on strength of No.3 PRC from elsewhere, 11 July 1944. Repatriated by air, 5 August 1945. Retired August 1945. Served again in RCAF as pilot and Flight Lieutenant, 1 January 1947 to uncertain date (300382). No citation in AFRO. RCAF photo PL-19527 (ex UK-5023 dated 26 August 1943) has the following caption: “Five trips to Berlin are included in the logbook of F/O N.S.B. Hull, above, of 1224 Fairfield Road, Victoria, B.C., now flying with a Mosquito squadron in the RAF. Flying Officer Hull, who worked in the Royal Bank in Vancouver before he enlisted, has also made four operations against Munich as well as trips to Hamburg, Duisburg and Dusseldorf. On one occasion he managed to escape when six FW.190s ambushed a formation of four Mosquitos although the aircraft at his side was blown to bits when the Germans attacked.”

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    Would 627 Sqn make sense? From a google books search.
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    Hello,

    No.627 Sqn ? No!

    The incident occurred on 11 April, 1943. Hull's unit was No.105 Sqn. He was Flying Mosquito IV DZ462 (His observer was 1451938 Sgt Philip H Brown).

    The No.105 Sqn aircraft lost was:

    Mosquito IV DZ536:GB-S
    Op: Hengelo

    F/O D Polglase RNZAF +
    Sgt L C Lampen +

    (BCL4/103 & FYT2/84)

    The incident is related in:

    Mosquito Thunder:No.105 Squadron RAF at War 1942-5
    Scott,Stuart R.
    Stroud:Sutton Publishing,1999.
    pp.106-7

    (Which quotes DZ462 as GB-S, and DZ536 as GB-Z. Errol, would appreciate your comments on the serial issue).

    After their final op with No.105 Sqn., on 24 April, 1943, the Hull/Brown crew were posted to No.139 Sqn.

    Col.
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    As the photo caption is dated August 1943, it must have been taken while he was in No.139 Squadron.

    If the book about No.105 Squadron has a decent index, would it be much trouble to ask if he is mentioned more than once ? Similarly, would any history of No.139 be sufficiently detailed and indexed as to point one to references of him ? I shall try to lay hands on both but have not yet canvassed local (Ottawa) sources.

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    Hello,

    Mosquito Thunder has an adequate index. Hull is mentioned on pp.106-109. There are three (3) ops involved; the aforesaid 11 April, 1943, Hengelo raid, a raid on Berlin on 20 April, 1943 (The Fuhrer's birthday!), and his final op to Trier, on 24 April, 1943. The problem is, the descriptions are lengthy. In the case of the Berlin raid, one whole page of tightly-packed script.

    I have no scanner, but if you really need the pages, and in my opinion l think you do, l will organize scans, which will take a few days. Alternately, l can photocopy them and send them snail-mail.

    Let me know if l can assist.

    Hull is poorly covered in the literature. l have checked all my Mosquito references, there is scant mention of him.

    Col.

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    Have you digital camera Col? Does the same job, be careful with focus is all.
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    Dennis,

    A relative will be handling it, l'll leave it up to them.'

    Col.

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    From the 105 Squadron ORB - Form 540
    "11.4.43 Low level attack on Stork Diesel Works at HENGLO
    1. S/L Blessing & Sgt Heggie 2. F/O Fisher & Sgt Hogan 3. F/O Hull & Sgt. Brown 4. P/O Polglase & Sgt. Lampen
    The formation was intercepted just before the target by 6 to 9 FW 190's, only the leader succeeded in bombing the primary. F/O Fisher bombed a train and F/O Hull brought his bombs back. F/O Polgase is missing and was last seen being attacked by several enemy fighters."
    Hull and Brown were also dispatched on April 19th for a low level attack on the engine sheds at Namur but abondoned the task due the their undercarriage failing to retract,
    Dave Wallace

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    Whether scans or photocopies, I will be indebted for the help. My mailing address is Hugh Halliday, 1594 Delia Crescent, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 1W9, Canada.

    As this material has waited decades for consolidation, there is no rush. Thanks to all.

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    Hugh,

    Is it still:

    1XX4 XXXXX Crescent
    OXXXXX, OXXXXXX
    KXX 1XX

    ?

    Col.

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