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    Hello,

    Further to the discussion on D. A. Stewart, the following may be of interest:

    "Before the end of the year (1940), 210 had suffered two further crew losses . On September 2nd F/L P.D. Parry-Jones and ten crew were lost in a newly arrived Sunderland, T9043, which failed to return from a convoy patrol. And on December 27th N9022* crashed in a night landing off Maiden Island, north of Oban Bay, when returning from a patrol. The aircraft alighted successfully but immediately hit an object in the water which ripped open the aircraft's hull and flipped it over on its back. F/L Ivor Meggitt (Australian), and nine of those aboard, including a naval officer, were presumed drowned. The sole survivor, though injured was F/O D.A. Stewart."

    *See: CCL1/87

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    Sopwiths To Sunderlands 210 Squadron 1917 to 1941.
    Evans,John.
    Pembroke Dock:Paterchurch Publications,1999
    pp.60-1

    There is more to the tale, maybe Ross could chase it up.

    Col.
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    Thank you for that account. In short, he moved to Canada with his young family in 1952, where he became an entertainer. He was an entertainment hypnotist; had a "cowboy" act in the fashion of the music hall (lasso/lariat, sharpshooting); was a reciter; and appeared often on television. He died in 1975, at only 69 years of age.


    His father was WWI RAF flying ace David Arthur Stewart ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_..._(RAF_officer) ).


    I include a scan from a Toronto community newspaper article, from the early 70s.


    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1o2kxs&s=9#.WhIO2bYTmRu

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    Hello,

    Update on Post #10 "Rabat Incident". Details can now be accessed here:

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1417780 - Download PDF - go to p.26 of 34 (PDF).

    A photograph of Derek Stewart can be found in the following publication:

    Into The Midst Of Things - The Autobiography of Sir Richard Kingsland.
    Kingsland,Richard.
    Canberra:Air Power Development Centre,2010.
    p.113 (see also Chapter 7: An Uncomfortable Time in French Morocco, pp.65-76).

    The photo caption reads:

    (below) The author (Kingsland) at Mount Batten in August 1940. From left: the author (clenching pipe), Attie Wearne (second pilot on the 1940 flight to Rabat) and Derek Stewart, RAF (first officer on Rabat flight).

    An online version of "Into The Midst of Things", can be viewed here:

    http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/APDC...-Kingsland.pdf

    Col.
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