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    I am looking for information about the losses of 407 Squadron RCAF for the month of September 1943. During this period, the squadron flew Wellington above the Bay of Biscay for coastal command duties.

    Thank in advance.
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    RCAF fatalities in No.407 Squadron for that month were as follows:



    MUNCH, WO2 GW - Pilot - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP503 - 12 September 1943 - Flying Accident - Buried in United Kingdom
    PINCOCK, WO1 H - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP503 - 12 September 1943 - Flying Accident - Buried in United Kingdom
    RUSSELL, FS CE - Pilot - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP503 - 12 September 1943 - Flying Accident - Buried in United Kingdom
    COTE, WO2 JAR - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP503 - 12 September 1943 - Flying Accident - Buried in United Kingdom

    AUSTIN, FO JC - Pilot - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP539 - 26 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    BOOTH, FO CR - Pilot - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP539 - 26 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    MERRITT, WO1 AR - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP539 - 26 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    REVELL, WO2 RW - Nav - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP539 - 26 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    ROLFSTAD, WO2 KG - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP539 - 26 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    SMITH, WO1 LG - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington MP539 - 26 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial

    BIER, FO DS - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington HF124 - 27 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    CRAIG, FL J - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington HF124 - 27 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    GODWIN, FO JE - Pilot - 407 Sqn - Wellington HF124 - 27 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    PARKER, FO DR - WOPAG - 407 Sqn - Wellington HF124 - 27 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial
    VYE, FO BEA - Nav - 407 Sqn - Wellington HF124 - 27 September 1943 - Operational Loss - Runnymede Memorial

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    Hello,

    One additional RCAF loss aboard MP503:

    R/110218 WO2 (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James Patrick HAUGHEY RCAF - Buried Lurgan (Dougher) Roman Catholic Cemetery, County Armagh.

    And one additional loss on HF124 was the O.C., No.407 RCAF Sqn.:

    33181 W/C John Chilton ARCHER RAFVR - Runnymede.

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    From my notes, HF124 went missing on 27 August 1943, while searching for squadron Wellington MP693 which had gone missing the day before. I know the CWGC date for the crew losses is September, can anybody confirm these dates (including the loss of MP693)?

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    Hi Bill, all,

    I've acess to Ontario death certificates and both Biir and Godwin are listed for 27 September but since this would be based on service information, it might be a month out. So, inconclusive there, don't know why I added this.
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    Hello,

    No.407 RCAF Sqn., Commanders:

    W/C. J. C. Archer (RAF) 7 Nov 42 - 27 Sep 43 KIA.

    See:
    RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft.
    Kostenuk,S & J.Griffin.
    Toronto:Samuel Stevens Hawkert & Co.,1977.
    p.92

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    Hello

    Thanks a lot for all this information.
    Another question, which one of the two Wellington MP539 and HF124 was coded “P”.
    I find in the 612 Squadron ORB that this message was passed to the Wellington in flight during the night of 26/27 September 1943: “All a/c received message from Control of probable ditching of P/407 35 miles S.W. of Scillies. A/c were to give assistance if required.”

    Thanks

    Polo B

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    MP593 was 1-P

    W/O A R Merritt RCAF
    W/O R W Revell RCAF
    W/O K G Rolfstad RCAF
    F/O J C Austin RCAF
    F/O C R Booth RCAF
    W/O L G Smith RCAF

    HF124 was 1-Q and lost searching for MP593

    W/C J C Archer
    F/O D R Parker RCAF
    F/O B E A Vye RCAF
    F/O J E Godwin RCAF
    F/O D S Bier RCAF
    F/L J Craig RCAF

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    Thanks for that Ross. I think the full codes on the aircraft would have been "C1*P" and "C1*Q".

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    Nope 1-P and 1-Q

    See this thread for images

    http://forums.diecast-aviation.eu/showthread.php?p=482017

    At this point the Coastal Units lost the Letter prefix and turned to Number.

    Edit:
    No code only individual a/c letter from Nov 1942
    1 or 2 prefix for each squadron on an individual station from Aug 1943 (I have a note that I need to confirm that says changed to 2 July 43 to Jan 44!)
    C1 from July 1944

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