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    Two questions about dates for 405 Squadron RCAF.

    'Bomber Squadrons of the RAF' by Philip Moyes and www.raf.mod.uk both state that 405 Squadron moved from Pocklington to Topcliffe in August 1941. However, Flt Lt T A Piddington RCAF writing in 'The Roundel' in 1950 states that the move was in August 1942. I guess that the 1941 date is correct but wondered if someone could confirm this.

    CWGC shows that Sgt Alan Danby RAFVR of 405 Squadron lost his life on 27th June 1942. He was not recovered and his name is recorded on the Runnymeade Memorial. This was while flying in Halifax W1175. 'The Bomber Command War Diaries' by Middlebrook and Everitt does not show any losses of Halifaxes on that day or the days either side. Does anyone have any information about this?

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    Hello,

    l don't know which edition of BCWD you are consulting, but the Viking 1st ed., (p.282), records the following:

    27/28 June 1942

    BREMEN

    144 aircraft - 55 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 26 Stirlings, 24 Lancasters. 9 aircraft - 4 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 1 Stirling - lost.

    Re: No.405 Sqn RCAF:

    Bomber Command.
    No.4 Group.
    Formed:
    Driffield, Yorks. 23 April 41 - 19 Jun 41.
    Pocklington, Yorks. 20 Jun. 41 - 6 Aug 42.
    Topcliffe, Yorks. 7 Aug 42 - 24 Oct 42

    To Coastal Command.

    RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft.
    Kostenuk,S & J Griffin.
    Toronto:Samuel Stevens Hakkert & Co.,1977.
    pp.89-90.

    Col.
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    Thanks for the reply. I see now that I misread BCWD. The information found on the move from Pocklington to Topcliffe is confusing. 'RAF Squadrons' by Jefford has it as August 1942. Moyes 'Bomber Squadrons' has 1941 as does the RAF website. Forces War Records has 1943 as does the Wartime Memories Project and an archived page of www.raf.mod.uk

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    Hello,

    From Pocklington Station ORB

    7/8/42
    Personnel and aircraft of 405 (RCAF) Squadron left Pocklington for Topcliffe. A large convoy of lorries conveyed ground personnel and material. Later in the day aircraft and personnel of 102 Squadron arrived from Topcliffe.

    Topcliffe Station ORB is a little less descriptive.

    7/8/42
    102 Squadron posted to Pocklington
    405 Squadron RCAF posted to Topcliffe


    Pete

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    Thanks Pete.

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    G`day Chaps

    No. 405 (B) Squadron sent an Advance Party to Topcliffe on the 6th of August, 1942. The following day, the main body of the squadron left. The aircrew and a number of servicing personnel flew to Topcliffe. The reamining members drove.in a mixed convoy of trucks...oops I mean lorries and bus. It was a three hour road trip. They arrived at their new station at 14:00 hours.

    Cheers...Chris
    Last edited by Dakota; 8th October 2013 at 02:26. Reason: minor correction

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