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    Does anyone have any information on the crew that flew with F/LT. Clarine whilst he was with No. 138 Squadron. I am trying to establish if any of them were posted to No. 35 Squadron with him in December 1945.

    Any help would be much appreciated

    Regards

    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete, Hi,

    This the same guy (not to many Clarine's in the LG!)?


    LG 11 May 1945 – DFC
    Pilot Officer Kenneth Walter CLARINE (191454), R.A.F.V.R., 90 Sqn.
    On 19th February, 1945, this officer was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to Wesel. During the bombing run the aircraft sustained severe damage. Three engines were affected; one of them caught fire and had to be put out of action at once. The windscreen in front of the pilot's compartment was smashed. The wireless apparatus and a compass were rendered unserviceable and the bomb hatch was badly 'hit. As course was set for this country only two engines were functioning. Despite this, Pilot Officer Clarine flew his badly damaged aircraft to an airfield near the English coast and brought it down safely. This officer displayed a high standard of skill, coolness and determination in the face of
    great difficulties.

    Air Ministry, 13th June, 1946.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards: —
    Air Force Cross.
    Acting Flight Lieutenants.
    Kenneth Walter CLARINE, D.F.C. (191454). R.A.F.V.R.

    Seems he was with 90 Sqn in Feb 45. If he was posted from 138 Sqn to 35 Sqn in Dec 45 then he seems to have moved around quite rapidly? Tell us more!

    HTH

    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Thanks Peter

    I will have to extend my search to cover No. 90 squadron as well now.

    Does anyone have the ORBs for No. 90 and/or No. 138 squadron for 1945? From experience, the ORBs seem to show very little crew information after the cessation of hostilities in Europe but any information on postings out to No 35 Squadron around the same time (December 1945) may provide another piece of the puzzle.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    I have both will check in the morning mate.

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
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    Thanks Steve; much appreciated as always

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    The last 3 flights where the full crew is listed (Sept 45) has the crew as:-
    F/S Munro, G Air Bomber
    F/S Corsar, A Navigator
    F/L Ellor, J W/Op
    F/S Hobbs, L Rear Gunner
    F/S Ingham, W Engineer

    Hope this helps

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    Bob

    Thanks for the details; at least one of the crew members (G Munro) continued to fly with F/LT. Clarine whilst at No. 35 Squadron. I need to establish whether any of the others did but information on crew compositions is scarce.

    Regards (and thanks again)

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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