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    Default No. 19 OTU ORB request - Sep-Oct 1944

    Hi All,

    If anyone has the ORB for No. 19 at Kinloss in 1944, could I trouble them for a look-up?

    I am interested in the crew of F/O K. Reed J28669, RCAF. They were on their fourth cross-country flight, so I assume they had only been there a short time.

    This loss has been discussed earlier and I have all the crew info:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4847-The-last-Whitley-lost-17-10-44

    Thanks.
    David

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    David,

    There's an "F/O Reed" (no service, service number, initials or Christian name given) posted in from No. 14 PAFU on 8 August 1944.

    As the ORB shows aircraft by letter rather than crew I can't tell you anything about any previous flying.

    ORB has:

    17.10.1944

    11.32 Anson LV.319 45 MU swung on landing undercarriage collapsed

    20.40 F.C.13 Gp report a/c, believed to be Whitley, circling Glasgow for about 30 minutes, now heading West

    21.00 F.C. report a/c calling "Darky". Looks like "P" of D. Flight (F/O Wills). Prestwick answering.

    21.40 F/O Wills 'phoned from Prestwick. Landed at 21.20. Bad icing etc.Staying overnight.

    23.00 F.C. Dyce report that"O" from D. Flight landed there 22.55.

    23.58 Message on SD/F of "C" of B. Flight. Returning to Base - Weather

    18.10.1944

    00.05 No contact made with "J" of C Flight. Checking with 91 Group.

    00.45 F.C. 13 Group. report XJ-J crashed near Seaham Harbour, County Durham.

    00.45 "W" of D Flight (S/Ldr. Forth) landed Middleton St.George 00.25. Std. engine oil pressure gone.

    01.25 F.C. 18 Group report on crash. A/C flying at 12,000feet, blew up at 21.30 hours. Parts of wreckage and bodies found 3 m W of Seaham Harbour. Report of parachute being found in Seaham Harbour. RAF Thornaby dealing with crash. This turned out to be our Whitley. F/O Reed and Crew of C. Flight. All crew presumed killed. Later all bodies were identified.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks. My skills have grown rusty with all the time I've spent lately in Great War archives!

    The aircraft involved on the 17th is listed on the 19 OTU site as XF-J - a Whitley V s/n AD685, but I see in the ORB that they mention XJ-J. In a separate list of codes on the 19 OTU site, they list it as ZV-J.

    David
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    Apparently a typo in the ORB then David?

    Your other details, in particular, the skippers name matches up. I posted the info from the ORB in the order it was written.

    Regards,

    Dave

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