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    Default Fitzgerald Crew (77 Squadron)

    Does anyone have any details on the composition, operations, posting in dates of RT Fitzgerald's crew whilst he was with No 77 Squadron (ie prior to his posting to No. 35 Squadron in October 1943)?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Pete
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    - 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 only have the 77 Sqn ORB for the first six months:

    "P/O FITZGERALD (Pilot), SGT. DINEEN (F/Eng), SGT. Day (Navgr), SGT. DUFTON (A/Bmr), SGT. SLOCOMBE (WO/AG). SGT. BOULTON (A.G.) and F/SGT. TAYLOR (A.G.) posted to this Unit from No. 1658 C.U. w.e.f. 9.4.43 for flying duties" (AIR 27/656)

    14/15.04.43, Stuttgart (F/O Fitzgerald)
    20/21.04.43, Stetting
    26/27.04.43, Duisburg
    28/29.04.43, Mine laying
    12/13.05.43, Duisburg
    23/24.05.43, Dortmund (F/L Fitzgerald)
    25/26.05.43, Dusseldorf
    27/28.05.43, Essen
    11/12.06.43, Dusseldorf
    12/13.06.43, Bochum (a SGT Fitzgerald pilots another aircraft on this raid)
    21/22.06.43, Krefeld
    25/26.06.43, Gelsenkirchen
    28/29.06.43, Cologne

    Hope to help

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    Thanks Mikkel

    Could you do me a favour and let me know if WS Muego, FK Smith and WHV Rosser flew together whilst at No. 77 Squadron . These three crewed up with Fitzgerald, Dineen and Boulton on arrival at No. 35 Squadron but I wanted to check to see if they were all "spare bods" or whether they had previously flown together.

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    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 Fitzgerald crew was fairly consistent during the three months that I have looked at. In some cases one of the original crew members was replaced in an operation, but the original crew stuck together. I cannot say if this remained the case during July, August, September, and October. The three crew members you mentioned all operated in 77 Sqn during June 1943. Flt Ltn Muego was part of Fitzgerald's crew on 11/12 June (replaced Dufton). Sgt. F. K. Smith was part of R.F. Smith's crew on 25/26 June, and Sgt W. H. N. Rosser (note initials) were part of FS Brannigan's crew on 22/23 June.

    If important you may want to download the Form 541's for the October to see if the crew had entirely changed in October.

    Mikkel
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    Mikkel

    Thanks again; I did download the October ORB but it is virtually impossible to read the crew names. I will have another go based on the information that you have provided as I may be able to make out some of the names now that I have a start point.

    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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