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    Quote Originally Posted by CZ_RAF View Post
    Hi Malcolm, thanks a lot for your help. I was sucesfull in contacting his family and I can confirm that the last time I was in touch with his son last moth AVM Hoad was still alive

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    hello Pavel I would be interested to hear from you on this subject ie Norman E. Hoad. I live in Braunschweig come originally from Scunthorpe in the UK. I would like to know what happened to him and his crew after he was shot down. I’ve been to the cemetery in Hannover to see Webb’s and his fellow crew member remains. Look forward to hearing from you. Gerald.

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    Hi Gerald, welcome aboard.
    I am afraid it was long time I was researching him as an additional person who was met by the airman I was writing about. But finally the book was so thick I have been forced to throw away some parts so I was not pusting his story there so may research was in vain.
    I will check if I have some details in my backup.

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    AVM Norman Hoad CVO CBE AFC


    AVM Norman Hoad CVO CBE AFC, was born in 1923, joined the RAF in 1941 and flew

    as a pilot with 61 Sqn, until shot down and taken prisoner in 1944. He held a variety of flying and staff appointments including command of 192 Sqn, flying B-29s and the Canberra, and 216 Sqn flying Comet ac. He also commanded RAF Stations Lyneham and Abingdon.

    In January 1969 Hoad became the defence and air attaché in Paris. This coincided with a period of extensive Anglo-French collaboration involving the joint development and introduction into RAF service of the Gazelle and Puma helicopters, the Jaguar strike attack aircraft and the Martel air-launched anti-shipping missile. In his final months in Paris, Hoad helped to plan the Queen’s state visit to France in May 1972 . He was appointed CVO.

    After 18 months at the MoD as a director on the Defence Policy Staff, Hoad became chief of staff of 46 Group, operating the RAF’s fleet of transport aircraft. Within 6 months he became the Air Officer Commanding, until the Group was absorbed into No 38 Group at the end of 1975. For his final tour of duty, he was the senior RAF member of the directing

    staff at the Royal College of Defence Studies, retiring in March 1978.

    A highly talented artist specialising in aviation and animal subjects, Hoad studied under the renowned aviation artist Frank Wootton . With Wootton and others (including David Shepherd), he was a founder member of the Guild of Aviation Artists, later becoming a life vice-president. His works are on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon, and in many public and private collections. Horses were a favourite subject in his paintings, and in 1979 the Society of Equestrian Artists was formed under his chairmanship. Among his best-known works is one of the Queen reviewing Trooping the Colour on her favourite trooping horse, Burmese.

    AVM Hoad died in Nov 2014.



    (Acknowledgements to the Daily Telegraph)

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    Thanks for the reply. Do you know by any chance if they crashed or parachuted to safety. One of the crew was murdered, I wonder why he was so far apart from the rest of the crew.

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    Thanks Pavel, look forward to hearing from you. Do you know if they parachuted from the plane or did they crash land it. I’m curious as to why Webb was so far from his crew members. Especially as he was murdered a few days later.

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    Hi Gerald,
    unfrotunately my materials which I found cover only post-war period of Hoad's RAF service.
    So I am not able to give you any more details if they crashlanded or parachuted.

    But if you are interested about the Webb's fate - I suppose you have seen already this page:
    http://aircrewremembered.com/hoad-edward-norman.html

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    Thanks Pavel,
    not to worry, thanks for the link. Yes I acquired information from there. I’ve also talked to the Dutchman mentioned who acquired the bombaimers compass. He presented the compass to his son I a couple of years ago believe.

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