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    Default 228 Sqd Coastal Command

    Hi guys

    Dennis Burke got me on this trail now I need some more help, since I found my relative Vince Wareing from the Sunderland DW110 which crashed into the BlueStack Mountains, I have decided to try and track down the families of the rest of the crew, as you will see I have found one from Dennis's post - Trull-
    Now can anyone tell me the fate of the following they all survived the crash:

    W/O John "Tubby" Bruce Richardson 523921
    Sgt C S Hobbs 1644857
    F/Sgt A Jim Gowens 1055929

    Jim Gilchrist I know about.

    Thanks again I know you will come up with something.
    Dyan

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    Richardson was commissioned on 26th Jan. 1944 as P/O (prob), service number 54857. He received a DFC, 27th July 1945, as a F/Lt. Still with 228 Squadron.

    Permenant commission 2nd Nov 1953.

    He also received the Queen's Commendation For Valuable Service in the Air in the 1952 Birthday Honours (Flight Magazine 20 June 1952).

    Then the trail goes cold.

    A

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    Default Thanks Amrit

    Thought you would come up with something - any clues as to whereabouts in the country he lived etc. That would be a start. Question and I am not knowledgable about these things, why did he change his service number? I know its most likely a simple question but then I am a simple girl:-)

    Dyan
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    I don't at the moment Dyan but his logbooks were sold last year. The auctioners maybe able to provide more info, or contact details. This is from their website:

    "Three RAF Flying Log Books of Flt Lt J.B. Richardson DFC.
    Compiled by Flt Lt John Bruce Richardson a Flight Engineer who completed 3 Tours of Operations on Sunderland Flying Boats and then flew 310 sorties during the Berlin Airlift. The logs cover the period 12th October 1936 to 19th May 1958 and record over 6,752 flying hours. GC some service wear to the first log ... Accompanied by tunic medal ribbons including the DFC. (£200 - £300)

    The Announcement of the DFC appeared in the London Gazette on the 27th July 1945 while serving with 228 Squadron. Flt Richardson was a pre war RAF regular LAC Engineer he took his first flight on the 12th October 1936 with 204 Squadron. He qualified as an Air Gunner and at the outbreak of WW2 was flying with 204 Squadron operating Sunderland Flying Boats with his first War anti submarine patrol taking place on the 8th September 1939. The log records anti Submarine patrols, convoy escorts, flights to Gibraltar etc. During 1943 he re-mustered to a Flight Engineer and returned to operations with Coastal Command Sunderlands. On the 31st January 1944 now serving with 228 Squadron he was detailed to an anti Submarine Patrol over the Western Approaches. Nearing the end of their patrol they received a message from their home base at Pembroke Docks that the weather had deteriorated and they should divert to Castle Archdale, the Sunderland had to take River Erne Air Corridor over Neutral Ireland, the aircraft was off course and after 14 hours in the air flew into the Blue Stack Mountains. of the 12 crew members 7 were killed. Richardson returned to ops on the 20th June 1944. His last war flight was on the 10th May 1945 when on patrol they spotted and escorted a U Boat. Remaining with the RAF he converted to the Avro York and took part in 310 sorties during the Berlin Airlift, the log shows a regular cargo of Spuds and Coal. Various operational posting followed and in early 1952 he joined the Armament & Guided Weapons Flight at Farnborough and took part in Guided Missile and NBC Tests. His last flights were with 24 Squadron during 1958"

    http://www.bosleys.net/b67/aviation.html

    As to his service number, they were were given new numbers when they were commissioned as officers.

    A

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    Thanks Amrit!!

    My searching skills are coming very short this week!!

    Wonderful!

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Once again you have come up with the "goods" I have emailed Bosleys to see if they will give me info about either the seller or buyer - I appealed to their "hearts" saying I knew they had privacy issues etc etc....see what that will bring. Don't put yourself down Dennis you found Herbert Green!!

    I have checked with CWG and the remainder seem to have survived the War, so perhaps it is now time to get hold of 228 Sqd Association

    Dyan (who will die trying to make this work)

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    Hi People,

    The 1975 Retired List has J B Richardson DoB as 07/04/191* and retired from General Duties branch 21/08/1958.

    Dyan I've sent a P.M. with the full dob. It should allow you to search the Birth/Marriage and Death registers.

    Regards
    Ross

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    Default From Bosleys - dead end...worth a try though

    "Thank you for your email. sadly the logs were part of the estate of an
    old collector who died several years ago so no leads there; the
    purchaser was a militaria dealer who has since
    sold them on. Sorry unable to assist in your worthy project - good luck
    with your quest."

    Dyan

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