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    Default 413 Squadron Catalina lost on April 9, 1942

    Hello all,
    I am looking for help re: the above loss.
    Specifically, I am looking into the loss of F/O (O) Robert Gibson Hervey.
    I have found the names of his crew (all RAF):
    F/S J.K. Hooper
    F/S P. Bourke
    F/S D. L. Housley
    F/O R.K. Bourne
    F/O A.W. Donald
    I have seen references to a single 413 Squadron Catalina lost on that date but it refers to one piloted by F/L Thomas (RAF).
    Again, any and all info is sincerely appreciated.
    Bob
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    Bobby,
    No information but I suggest that it is likely that F/L Thomas was the captain of Hervey's crew, and note that Sgt Hooper was RCAF, not RAF.
    Standby for someone with a 413 Squadron ORB to tell us ...
    Ian Macdonald

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    Hi Ian,
    Correction noted. I did not do my due diligence in quoting from "They Shall Not Grow Old."
    Fingers crossed for the ORB.
    Thanks,
    Bob

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    Hello,

    9-4-1942
    No.413 Sqn RCAF
    Catalina I W8421:QL-Y (There is some doubt about this coding)

    Took off Koggala, 0256. At 0716 reported the position and speed of a large enemy force, but before his message was completed, was shot down by two A6Ms, which had taken off from 'Hiryu' at 0600, flown by NAP 1/C Hino and NA 1/C Kotani.

    Crew (Alpha order):

    645247 Sgt Patrick BOURKE RAF +
    100541 F/O Roderick Kenneth BOURNE RAFVR +
    747910 F/Sgt Cecil Charles GURNEY RAFVR +
    J/4699 F/O (Nav.) Robert Gibson HERVEY RCAF +
    R/91031 Sgt John Kenneth HOOPER RCAF +
    915310 Sgt Derek Laxton HOUSLEY RAFVR +
    938960 Sgt John Denzil Marcus MOXHAM RAFVR +
    40444 F/L (Pilot) Rae THOMAS DFC RAF +

    All commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.

    See: Bloody Shambles. Vol.2./Shores et al. pp.412-413

    Col.
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    Thanks ever so much.
    It is very much appreciated.
    Bob

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    G'day

    According to the squadron ORB's, Catalina s/n W8421 was first coded AX*D and later QL*D. It was shot down by Imperial Japanese Navy A6M Zeros while observing the Japanese fleet off Ceylon on the 9th of April 1942.

    Cheers...Chris
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    Thanks Chris!
    Much appreciated.
    Did you get this from Bloody Shables as well or a different source? (need to learn how do this stuff on my own!)
    Bob

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    G'day Bobby

    That was from the squadron Operational Record Books.

    Cheers...Chris

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    G'day Bobby

    Quoted from the squadron history.

    “On April 9, F/L 'Tommy' Thomas of 413 Squadron lifted off Koggala Lake in 'Y' for Yorker heading east, to locate the enemy fleet. Soon after dawn at 07:00 hours, he sent his first communication giving the position, course and speed of a large enemy force. The message broke off suddenly and Koggala could not re-establish contact. They were never heard from again.

    Twenty-five minutes later, close to 100 Japanese aircraft appeared over Trincomalee Harbour. Radar and Tommy's last message meant that the defenders were more prepared than during the previous Sundays' attack. Twenty-one aircraft engaged the Japanese in an intense battle of which nine were shot down.

    Squadron Leader Len Birchall and Flight Lieutenant Thomas DFC, RAF were Mentioned in Dispatches to No. 222 Group for their efforts to warn the defences of Ceylon of the impending Japanese attack.”

    Cheers...Chris
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    My notes also had this aircraft as "Y" when lost, probably from the book "Canadian Flying Ops in South East Asia 1941-1945" by Melnyk. Is it possible that Thomas and crew were not in W8421 when lost?

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