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    Dear Guys,

    what is the first name of Sgt T. G. (or M. E in other sources) Ryan 404008 of 250 Squadron during 1941?

    Thanks a lot, Daniele.

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    Hello,

    Martin Edward 'Mick' RYAN RAAF.

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    Thanks a lot Bruggy!

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    Daniele,

    Won't hurt to tell you (and a few others) about the 'Inimitable' Mick Ryan.

    Mick was born in Melbourne, on 25 March, 1915. Being of the Catholic persuasion, he was schooled at the Marist Brothers' High School, De La Salle College and later attended the Government Agricultural College. Being quite the boy, he had been fined in the late Thirties for driving a vehicle without a licence - the vehicle did not have a permit, and Oh yes! it also
    lacked a muffler! He had married pre-war, and had a son. Mick enlisted in the Australian Army on 3 November 1939 serving in No.1 Anti-Tank Regt., but transferred to the RAAF on 26 April, 1940. After his initial training in Australia, he was sent to the Middle East on 24 March, 1941. Mick served on No.250 Squadron from 1 March, 1941 to 23 December 1941. During his stint in the ME, he was involved in a taxying incident (whilst serving at No.103 Maintenance Unit) in which his aircraft, Hurricane IIB Z5318, collided with Hurricane IIB BN137. Mick was unhurt, but some spoil-sport, inappropriately named, G/C Smylie DSC, fined him Six-and-half Quid, and severely reprimanded him.

    On his return to Australia, on 19 May, 1944, he spent some time serving at No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton. On 19 July, 1945, Mick was ferrying Oxford BG446 from Forest Hill, NSW, to Melbourne, Victoria. He had been given a duff weather forecast, and when he ran into heavy rain and poor visibility, he had to force-land his aircraft 2m S of Negaratta township. He was unscathed.

    By the time his appointment was terminated (on 7 December, 1945), he had racked up time on at least 42 types.

    Unfortunately, Mick passed away in NSW on 24 November, 1991, aged 76.

    Col.
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    Danielle/Col,
    Brilliant!! His Service Number explains why I could not find him in AIR/78!!
    Unfortunately they've lost the mould that blokes like this came from. Pity! My Strine is limited, but would 'larrikin' fit the bill?
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    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Daniele/Peter,

    Perfectly!

    Col.

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    Col Bruggy, do you have a date for the Z5318/BN137 incident?

    John Engelsted

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    Hello,

    The taxying incident at Aboukir, occurred on 12 May, 1942.

    Col.
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    Thank you very much.

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    Great Bruggy!

    A very interesting story!


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