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    Default Sgt R.R. Farnsworth - 578225 d.9/4/43

    I'd like to resuscitate a couple of Henk's posts regarding the above airman from the RAFCommands Archive. Henk asked for details about his loss here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/11210.php

    And then suggested he may have been lost on board either a Liberator, or Mitchell FR379 of 111 OTU, that crashed 15 miles SW of New Providence in the Bahamas:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/09889.php

    He listed these casualties as possible being on board:

    F/O Gordon Wellsley Schafer - RCAF C/6035
    P/O Alvin Bernard Waton - RCAF J/20590
    P/O Benny Baldwin Goodman - RCAF J/21746
    Sgt Ronald Farnsworth - RAF 578225
    Sgt George Fenton - RCAF R/139833
    Sgt George William Tompkins - RCAF R/133613
    Sgt Robert Lloyd Burchell - RCAF R/124720

    Can anyone help with a possible aircraft involved?


    Regards

    Simon

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    A quick update:

    The R.C.A.F. Service Records for Sgt Robert Lloyd Burchell, R.C.A.F. R/124720 include the report from the Court of Inquiry into the loss of Mitchell II FR379 of 111 O.T.U., which confirms the crew as follows:

    C.6035 SHAFER, Gordon Wellesley, F/O - Captain, 1st Pilot
    J.20590 WATON, Alvin Bernard, P/O - 2nd Pilot
    J. 21746 GOODMAN, Ben Baldwin, P/O - Navigator
    R.139833 FENTON, George, Sgt - W.A.G.
    R.133613 TOMKINS, George William, Sgt - W.A.G.
    R.124720 BURCHELL, Robert lloyd, Sgt - W.A.G.
    578225 FARNSWORTH, Ronald, Sgt - W.A.G.

    Report states the following:

    Aircraft missing on Detail 2 of Air Exercise 3. Possible sea area searched by aircraft, 9th and 10th April without result.
    11th April 1943 – aircraft on exercise sighted empty dinghy – area searched with no further result. Dinghy retrieved by surface craft – empty and damaged.

    Aircraft took off and carried out 1st detail of exercise, landed and re-bombed* and took off at 10.10 hours to complete 2nd detail - from this flight the aircraft is missing.


    *Interestingly, under "Equipment, Bombs, Guns carried" in the report, it has:

    100 rounds ammunition
    2 Browning .303 guns
    2 Browning .50 guns
    12 wood logs representing practice bombs


    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 28th July 2017 at 16:10. Reason: typo

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    Reminds me of the WW2 story where One Side built some dummy, wooden, a/c on a distant part of their airfield as a distraction to raiders. The Other Side came and dropped some dummy, wooden, bombs on them!! Probably apocryphal?, but even wars have their lighter side?
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    Peter Davies
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