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    Default 77 Sqn Whitley Forced Landing 13/14 -7-1939 Crew Details Pre-War baleouts

    I have a long query from my pre-war bale outs for the following 3 names in 1939 which I am 99% sure I have solved today. The names from around June/July 1939 were

    Student Pilot R Walsh RAF
    AC2 E Gutteridge RAF
    AC1 J Briggs RAF

    The clue to solving this was working out Student Pilot R Walsh RAF could have been Sgt Richard Walsh #56442 of 77 Sqn killed on 11/11/1939 inWhitley N1364

    I downloaded the 77 Sqn ORB and found

    77 Sqn: ORB "13/14 - 7-1939 - Squadron took part in 2nd Phase of Regional Exercises. S/Cdr executed a night forced landing due to engine failure. 3 of crew making parachute descents. All uninjured" - Driffield, Yorks

    Can anybody please Identifty the Whitley involved and location of force landing, would S/Cdr been Station Commander? who may have been Group Captain A. Lees, D.S.O., A.F.C ? or maybe Sqn/Commander: W/C C R Strudick?


    Now all I need to do is ID AC2 E Gutteridge and AC1 J Briggs from 77 Sqn

    Thanks Paul

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    Update

    http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...ableinter.html

    14/07/1939 Whitley MkIII K8995 Driffield 77 Sqn near Thornaby


    Now just need the Pilot and Crew details thansk

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    Update two

    Pilot - W/Co John Bradbury DFC RAF (03153)


    http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...rth/k8995.html


    Now just need the full names of other 77 Sqn personnel

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    All you need is a "way in"

    AC J Briggs is

    AC1 John Maurice Washington Briggs #551321 later F/Lt. John Maurice Washington Briggs, DFM, DFC, and DSO killed in Mosquito LR503 at Calagary in 1945

    Only AC2 E Gutteridge to go

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    Paul, A possibility: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34859/pages/3193
    Regards, Terry

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    Yes another possibility thanks for Frank Edwin Gutteridge suggestion

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    Hello Paul

    Re "14/07/1939 Whitley MkIII K8995 Driffield 77 Sqn near Thornaby"

    There is a reference to this Whitley in the Driffield's Aerodrome book by Geoff Simmons and Barry Abraham, again it only states this Whitley was being "flown by the No. 77 Squadron commander". The book does not confirm whether 77 Sqn actually held the Whitley aircraft on charge. The AM 78 Aircraft Card might confirm if 77 Sqn, or not.

    Looking on the previous page of the book referring to 1st January 1939, it states that 77 (B) Squadron was Wg Cdr C. R. Strudwick and 102 (B) Squadron was Wg Cdr C. F. Toogood. Station Commander was Group Captain A Lees.

    In 1940 there are numerous Station ORB and Appendices books in AIR 28 for Driffield which have additional snippets to the AIR 27 Squadron ORB, perhaps AIR 28 might hold extra info for 1939?

    It seems that C. R. STRUDWICK was likely Charles Robert Strudwick with a number 04230?

    Regards Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 22nd January 2014 at 19:30.

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    AC2 E Gutteridge RAF is

    AC2 Eric Gutteridge 18 years old from Bradfrod Probably #553589


    BRADFORD R.A.F. MAN JOINS CATERPILLAR CLUB Eric the 18-year-old son Mr. and Mrs. W. Gutteridge,
    Tong Street. Bradford, has been made member of the Caterpillar Club. The club has no rulers, officers or premises,
    and one can become member only after one's life hft3 been saved Jumping from a 'plane
    by parachute. Eric, wireless operator in the R.A.F., received the badge
    from Leslie Irvin, pioneer parachute work. badge the form
    of gold tie pin, like small caterpillar, with ruby eyes

    Friday 24 November 1939 , Yorkshire Evening Post , West Yorkshire, England

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