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    Another mystery solved!

    Pavel recently spotted two Coastal Command Fortress flights in a logbook for sale on eBay and brought it to my attention.

    The accompanying text reads:

    Clair [Merrill] Waterbury was an American citizen who volunteered for the R.A.F. in 1941. He started private flying lessons in the US in 1940 and volunteered for the RAF in 1941. He went on to fly Anson, Botha, Hudson, Magister, Tiger Moth, Oxford, Fortress and Wellington aircraft with the R.A.F. and was a Pilot with 206 Squadron of Coastal Command until November 1942. He completed 27 Operational Flights with Coastal Command before transferring as a Pilot to the US Navy in December 1942. During his time in the US Navy, he mainly flew PBY Catalina flying boats.

    Curiously Waterbury quotes his unit as 1402 Met Squadron [sic] at the time he was flying Hudsons and Fortresses (the latter as 2nd pilot) with 206 Sqn.

    Thanks, Pavel!

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    can anyone ID what airforce this person was in?? service number etc???

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    Not able to say Paul at the moment.
    So far I have found a reference which me be him:

    https://books.google.cz/books?id=ncG...%20RAF&f=false

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    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Thanks for the delete, Pavel.

    Paul: I took the middle name 'Merrill' from text accompanying the sale notice but the logbook only says Clair M Waterbury.

    I assume we're talking the same person here. If so, the logbook cover says

    P/O C.M. Waterbury Jr. R.A.F.
    Lieut C.M. Waterbury U.S. Navy

    There's no service number on the cover or on the 'Certificates of Qualification as First Pilot' page.

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    Robert if you look at the ebay listing his pilot cert spells his name Clair Morrill Waterbury Jr

    As down death notice of him in Telegraph his father was Clair Morrill Waterbury

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    Thanks Paul. I somehow missed that page. Good to confirm.

    Robert

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    OK
    Lets look at list on

    School of Aces: The RAF Training School that Won the Battle of Britain
    By Alastair Goodrum

    I think he is missing the 20th Name of Boat 24, Bayano, dated 27 Sept 1941 that of

    Frank George Zavakos 108645

    TODD 108625 and TAYLOR 108646 are RAF the 14th Nov 1941 is date of commission (estimated for US personnel)

    Baker, Bodding, Crane, Gray, Horvath,Inabinet,Joerns.Kelly, Mahon,Omens and Zavakos service number confirmed by eiteh CWG or other sources

    Rest are extrapolations but I am really sure Clair Morrill Waterbury Jr was 108644


    Tabb news report is interesting as confirms number at 20

    I cannot ID JW Ball and F Gibbons as yet

    If they are in any AFL it would be Dec 1941, I did not look hard but TODD in Jan 1942 AFL and the few Americans I did check could not find

    No London Gazette references as well



    Arthur Harold John TODD* 108625 14th Nov 1941 Jan 1942 AFL

    Boat 24, Bayano, dated 27 Sept 1941
    Name Service Number
    William Henry Baker 108626 14th Nov 1941 1
    J W Ball 108627 14th Nov 1941 2
    Carl Olaf Bodding 108628 14th Nov 1941 3
    Richard Clarence Colvin 108629 14th Nov 1941 1 Jun 1915 3 Jan 1999 4
    Arthur Elwood Crane 108630 14th Nov 1941 5
    Bruce Charles Downs 108631 14th Nov 1941 24 Jun 1916 to 7 Aug 1986 6
    Roy William Evans 108632 14th Nov 1941 7
    F Gibbons 108633 14th Nov 1941 8
    James Amsler Gray 108634 14th Nov 1941 9
    Albert Alexander Horvath 108635 14th Nov 1941 10
    Richard Grant Hoyer 108636 14th Nov 1941 11
    William Burness Inabinet 108637 14th Nov 1941 12
    Jack Chase Joerns 108638 14th Nov 1941 13
    Harry Kelly 108639 14th Nov 1941 14
    Jackson Barrett Mahon 108640 14th Nov 1941 15
    Richard Dick McMinn 108641 14th Nov 1941 1919-1943 16
    Gilbert Inland Omens 108642 14th Nov 1941 17
    Thaddeus Edgar Tabb 108643 14th Nov 1941 18 "He is the sole survivor of a group of 20 American pilots who joined the RAF in Sept 1941, "to get a head start in the war"." FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM dated. Monday August 16, 1943
    Clair Morrill Waterbury Jr 108644 14th Nov 1941 19
    Frank George Zavakos 108645 14th Nov 1941 20

    Herbert Edwin TAYLOR 108646 14th Nov 1941 ?

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    According to

    The Journal Herald from Dayton, Ohio September 26, 1941


    "Zavakos flew the Atlantic just last week to join the fighting British."

    So I assume Waterbury on same Ferry flight? Don't suppose that sia clue to Ball and Gibbons ?

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    Just seen that School of Aces: The RAF Training School that Won the Battle of Britain
    By Alastair Goodrum

    Says boat SS BAYANO

    http://iancoombe.tripod.com/id14.html

    The 'lucky' BAYANO(II) made more Atlantic crossings than any other merchant ship

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