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    Default HURRICANE 14 August 1940 Niton Radio SOS

    I have several large photocopy sheets of the General Post Office British Coastal Radio Station Distress and SOS for much of August 1940, part of a large series of complete, serial numbered lists covering the whole of WW2, held at BT, Holborn.

    For GPO reference 665 Hurricane 14 [date column for August 1940] Niton SOS A [all noted 'A' apply to Aircraft].

    I see on a GPO Monthly Return of Distress Broadcasts for August 1940 for aircraft reported in Distress over the Sea in Air 2/4520 file that RAF Gosport [No.17 Group Distress Area HQ according to a 1940 Air Min Confidential Order] asked Niton Radio W/T Station to transmit a Distress Broadcast on the 14th August 1940.

    There is absolutely nothing about the 14th August 1940 & 15th August 1940 aircraft SOS Distress Broadcasts in the No.17 Group ORBs, nor RAF Station Gosport ORBs either. Also nothing regarding most of the other SOS Distress calls RAF Gosport (No.17 Group) handled!

    Any other official documentation about these SOS incidents please?

    AIR 15/676 Air-sea Rescue [No.16 Group], does not seem to mention the above either (although some others listed in August 1940 are mentioned in Reports in the AIR 15 file). Also no mention in the RAF Calshot and No. 30 ASR Craft Calshot ORBs about SOS calls being received, or any action taken.

    Surely there ought to be record of the Hurricane 14 August 1940 and some of the other aircraft reporting in Distress (not amongst the Reports in AIR 15/676)?

    Last edited by Mark Hood; 2nd January 2013 at 22:38.

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