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    Hello Forum,
    I am researching Donald Wallace Clark (RCAF), a Bomb Aimer who served with 218 Gold Coast Squadron from November 1943 until September 1944. I pulled all the relevant ORBs for the period and found nothing for the month of March. I purchased and read "From St. Vith to Victory" - the Squadron history published by Pen and Sword and they noted that select flights were posted to Tempsford during that period for special ops but the crews were not named. I bought the relevant 161 Squadron ORB but did not find them listed and could not find the 138 Squadron ORBs (negligence on my part I am sure).
    Can anybody point in the right direction?
    Cheers,
    Bob

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    Bob,

    Who was Clark's skipper?

    I have all the op's flown by 218 while at Tempsford.

    Steve
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    This is great news!
    It was Flt. Lt. Sellar.
    Sincere thanks again.
    Bob

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    Bob,

    I only have recorded three operations flown by the crew of P/O Howard Seller, the first was on March 4th 1944 in Short Stirling Mk.III EF249 HA-Y to "Mongrel 4" the aircraft suffered compass failure and the S/O & S/O engines oil pressure dropped, op abandoned. On March 5th the crew again in HA-Y visited "Paul 52". They were unable to pin point or locate the reception lights, dropped "goods" at Flers & Mountauben. March 7th they visited "Dick 81", again no reception dropped in Nogent Le R area. On the 10th a trip to "John 69" was cancelled pre-take-off. *

    The man to ask is the authority on 138 & 161 Squadron, Bob Body who frequents the forum. Hopefully he can confirm what I have posted.

    * Details via N Elliot RAAF

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    Hi Steve,

    Re: * Details via N Elliot RAAF.

    I take it you mean, AUS415242 F/O Noel Stirling ELIOT RAAF, (later F/L O5820, AFC), of BCL5/203 fame.

    Col.
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    This is wonderful. Thanks to both of you.
    Now just so I can learn to do this myself and not always burden the Forum, may I ask where you got this gen from?
    Cheers,
    Bob

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    What dates do you have for their time at 138 and 161

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    Hi Alan,
    Steve found 4 ops, some which were scrubbed. From my understanding, they were there from March until approximately mid-April 1944.
    Thanks for helping,
    Bob

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    Bob,

    My records show all the detachment were posted back to the squadron, now based at RAF Woolfox Lodge on March 16th. This is confirmed in the ORB.

    What was the 4th op?

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    Bob,

    The fourth op was on March 10th in Short Stirling Mk.III LJ521 HA-W, from info I have they changed aircraft to the "Spare" "W" target was "John 69", P/I engine failed, operation abandoned, aloft 7 hours 27 minutes.

    Steve
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