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    Default George Cospatrick DOUGLAS-HOME 126996, missing 14th June 1943?

    Hello everyone

    Has anyone got any details of the loss of F/O G C Douglas-Home, brother of the 1960's Conservative Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home, who went missing on June 14th 1943?

    He is commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial, along with three others for the same date:
    Sgt LYNCH, Allan Spencer RAAF 420751
    Sgt RITCHIE, Elton Roy RAAF 421626
    P/O SUGDEN, Charles RAFVR 151391

    Alan Storr's AWM casualty series lists the two Australians as WOp/AGs in a Hampden of 32 O.T.U. missing over the Pacific, but doesn't have a serial, or any other crew listed. Am I assuming too much to guess that the other two would be on the same Hampden...?

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    He was killed in a flying accident in Canada on 14th June 1943.
    Source http://www.coldstreamhistorysociety.co.uk/index.php/war-memorials/profile/coldstream-george-douglas-home-more-info

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    You need to serach within the Australian national Archvies database, the Storr works are not accurate in all cases.

    The A705 casualty files titles are:

    LYNCH, Allan Spencer - (Sergeant); Service Number - 420751; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Hampden 992; Place - Patricia Bay, Canada; Date - 14 June 1943

    RITCHIE, Elton Roy - (Sergeant); Service Number - 421626; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - unknown; Place - Patricia Bay, Canada; Date - 14 June 1943

    So a Hampden with last three digits 992

    per http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2373-Serial-Numbers-Types

    There could only be AD992 or AJ992

    And AJ992 is mentioned here on this old thread for the date

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?820-32-Otu
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks for the replies Wilco and Dennis. I'd already come across the Coldstream History site Wilco, but thanks for taking the time to post the link.

    Dennis, that's a very comprehensive and helpful reply. I do have previous experience with errors in Storr's lists, so thanks for the confirmation of the two Aussie losses, and the pointer to the Hampden code.

    A quick Google for AJ992 adds to the information from the RAFCommands link you posted Dennis, namely that four crew were lost.

    Regards, and thanks again

    Simon

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    AJ992
    Handley Page
    Canadian Associated Aircraft Ltd. (Quebec group)
    Hampden
    Mk. I


    H.P.52



    first date: 6 June 1942 - Taken on strength


    With No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, coded "HAJ". Crashed into sea 20 kilometres off Cape Flattery in bad weather on 14 June 1943.


    last date: 17 August 1943 - Struck off

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    Please forgive the typo on my web page. The code was in fact "HA*J".

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    Hi everyone, I have just joined the group and find you looking for info on AJ992, my Uncle was P/O Charley Sugden the navigator, I have all the info including the official accident and witness statements and record cards for the aircraft if anyone is interested,

    Regards

    Charley

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    Hi Charley

    I'll drop you a PM (Personal Message), if that's okay.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi
    Have been trying to trace link of Pilot Officer Charley Sugden with ther Scholes/Cleckheaton area. Can you help?

    Regards

    Linda

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    Photos of other 32OTU Hampdens show that the code was carried with all three characters aft of the roundel. These include AJ991 HAP, AJ993 HAN, and HMB serial not known to me.

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