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    I've received a photo taken at 1 OTU, Silloth, of what I assume is a Hudson crew. Three of the crew went to 206 Sqn but the pilot, "Clarrie Waterbury", appears to have gone to another unit. I cannot find Waterbury in the LG or the 206 Sqn ORB. Does anyone have any info on where he went from 1 OTU? I assume his actual name is Clarence Waterbury.

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    Hi Rob,

    Some time back you where enquiring about Mosquitoes operated by Spartan Air Services. At the time, I had a casual glance at the following publication:

    de Havilland Mosquito:An Illustrated History Vol.2.
    Thirsk,Ian.
    Manchester:Crecy Publishing,2006.

    On p.376 of this volume, there is a potted history of Mosquito B.XXV N1203V (ex-KA997). Briefly, it mentions the preparation of the Mosquito for a solo round-the-world record flight in 1954, by Mrs Dianna Bixby. The flight was sponsored by the Flying Tiger Line and the Aviation Export Company. The President of the Aviation Export Company, was one Mr Clare*M Waterbury.

    *(elsewhere, Claire).

    What do you think, any connection?

    Col.
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    Hi Col:

    Missed your reply somehow - thanks for that.

    Will do some more digging based on what you found.

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    Robert

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    Hi Robert,

    No Waterbury in AIR 78 so not an RAF/RAFVR OR.

    If you cannot find a trace of C Waterbury in the LG or wartime Air Force Lists then it suggests a dominion/commonwealth airman.

    What date range were they at No.1 OTU

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    Hi Ross:

    The first refs I see for the other aircrew in the 206 Sqn ORB are for mid-May 1942 so assume they arrived on squadron from No.1 OTU a month or so(?) before that.

    The photo is (frustratingly!) entitled:

    "Top Notchers" in Photography
    No. ___ Course, No. 1 (C) OTU

    Am I able to search the Air Force Lists? A new area for me.

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    Hi Robert,

    Last year Jagan kindly posted a link to the National Library of Scotland where the wartime Air Force Lists have been digitized and can be downloaded for free.

    http://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Anlsairforcelists&sor t=-publicdate

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    Could not find him on Air Force List for 1945

    However he pops up a few times in Flight

    FLIGHT International 26 May 1979

    Clair Waterbury has retired
    after 22 years as Philippine Airlines'
    senior representative in Europe

    Letters 30 July 1983

    CLAIR M. WATERBURY
    Retired vice-president
    Philippine Airlines
    46 The Little Boltons
    London SW10

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    Name unusual enough to google


    http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/lodestar/vh-oas.htm


    VH-OAS


    Also see

    American Aviation Historical Society Journal
    , Volume 47, Issue 3

    2002


    He maybe American originally as there is a CLAIR M. WATERBURY with a burial in California in 1945 possible father (so maybe RCAF?) also he pops up in some Congressional Report from United States. Congress in 1951

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    Thanks, Ross and Paul.

    No sign in the Air Force List but some useful suggestions. Did the approximate No. 1 OTU end date help, Ross?

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    Robert

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    I took another look at the photo and it seems to me that the badge on Waterbury's hat is not standard RAF. It appears to be two sets of wings, the lower one larger and up-swept and the upper one flatter and lighter looking, plus another feature on top that looks like a fancy letter 'R'. His tunic wings look standard RAF and his rank appears to be Pilot Officer.

    Happy to send the photo to anyone who knows more about these things.

    Robert

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