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    Default Biographical Data on every 41 Sqn Pilot, 1916-1946 (ca 700 men)

    Ladies and gents

    Potentially of assistance to some of you, my 41 Sqn website contains biographical information on every known pilot that served on 41 Sqn between 1916 and 1946. This equates to basic vital stats on approximately 700 men.

    I generally have more data on these men offline, if you are seeking more information, but hopefully the details on my website will enable you to establish whether you have the right man or not:

    1916-1919: http://brew.clients.ch/nomroll16-19.htm
    1923-1939: http://brew.clients.ch/nomroll23-39.htm
    1939-1946: http://brew.clients.ch/nomroll39-46.htm

    Information is also provided on the site pertaining to Officers Commanding, Rolls of Honour, POWs, base locations, aircraft in service, and statistical graphs for the same period, 1916-1946.

    I hope you find this information of assistance in your research.

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Steve

    thanks for great resource

    BOUCHER, A. W. [Forenames?]


    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...War-NCO-Pilots

    Paul

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    Name BRADLEY, James 'Jack'
    Number Unknown
    Rank Pilot Officer
    Nationality British
    Born Unknown, ca 1914
    Arrived 23 July 1932
    Departed 27 February 1933
    Notes Commissioned on graduation from Cranwell, July 1932; killed in motor vehicle accident when a truck carrying official mail from Amman to Ramleh overturned, 12 June 1933


    Every single reference I have for this person has him as Jack Bradley Not James - If anyone has AFL for period maybe they can confirm



    BRADLEY JACK 1912 — 1933 British nationals armed forces deaths 1796-2005


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    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 4th April 2016 at 11:02.

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    Thanks for this info, Paul, but my apologies for the delayed acknowledgement.

    I have added a number of updates to the website now, which include those you mention above.

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Hi Steve,
    do you have any other info on F/O TR Scott (KIFA 22 Oct 1941), I am interested to find out if he flew any Ops with the Sqn and would love to locate a photo, I would love to locate a photo as I have one of his brother who was KIA in Calais in may 1940.

    cheers,
    Rick

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    Hi Rick

    Is this of any help?

    SCOTT, THOMAS ROLAND, 115515, RAFVR; b Berne, Switz, 13 Oct 22; ed Eton Coll; joined RAFVR, Oxford, 17 Dec 40; 2 BFTS (Stearman, Vultee & Harv), Polaris Flt Academy, Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA, & subs War Eagle Fld, Lancaster, CA, USA, 1941; Sgt Plt (1313069), 6 Dec 41; com Prob Plt Off (115515), 6 Dec 41; 61 OTU (Spit), Rednal, 1942; 41 Sqn, 21 Jul-22 Oct 42; Prob Fg Off (WS), 1 Oct 42; KIFA in Spit Vb, BL518, flew into hill Tarren Hendre, nr Towyn, Mer, Wales, in bad weather w Fg Off (Actg Flt Lt) F. N. Gillitt & Fg Off R. Harrison, 22 Oct 42, aged 20, s of Oswald, DSO, & Hermione Scott of Winchester; bur Grave 602, Portmadoc [Porthmadog] Public Cem, Caern, Wales

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    Steve
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    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Scott flew relatively few ops with 41 Sqn, but they included:

    14 August 1942 – A Flight at dawn readiness. At 08:10, Red Section (Prickett AD271, Warren BL304) was ordered to scramble base, but returned 20 minutes later with nothing to report. Blue Section (Poynton BL304 & Scott AD271) was then scrambled at 11:13 and White Section at 12:11. Both sections returned at 13:45, with nothing to report.

    24 August 1942 – B Flight at dawn readiness; A Flight at 30 minutes. Flying training was undertaken all day until 20:00, and included practice dogfights and formation flying. Fg Off Thomas Scott (BL518) undertook a local reconnaissance flight between 10:30-11:30, and Red Section (Scott AD271 & Schou AB809) was airborne on a patrol between 16:45 and 18:10.

    10 September 1942 – A Flight at dawn readiness. The morning was spent on convoy patrols, and Sqn Ldr Neil took the entire Squadron up to conduct formation practice during the afternoon. It was the first time the whole Squadron had been airborne together under Neil’s leadership, and they spent 65 minutes in the air from 14:55. At 18:05, Blue Section (Atkinson AR392 & King BL850) were ordered on an offensive patrol and returned at 19:40 with nothing to report. Scott flew a convoy patrol as a part of White Section (Coombes W3935, Scott AB809) between 10:00 and 11:25 that day.

    16 September 1942 – A Flight at dawn readiness; B Flight at 30 minutes. Local flying practice was carried out throughout the day and in the evening six pilots participated in a night flying exercise from RAF Valley, around 35 miles northeast of Llanbedr, commencing at 19:15. The participants were Sqn Ldr Neil, Flt Lts Douglas Hone and Malta Stepp, and Plt Offs Rycherde Hogarth, Thomas Scott and Tom Slack.

    27 September 1942 – B Flight at readiness at 07:30; A Flight at 30 minutes. The weather cooperated again today and the Squadron had another busy day on the exercise: "Weather today ideal for flying and the Squadron was very active again today [sic] as the enemy were quite near to base in parts, and the A/C were attacking the enemy at there [sic] most advanced points near base; in red & yellow’s second sortie at 13.25 P/O Green, P/O Scott & Sgt Schou claimed a Hurricane each while Sgt Vine[’s] claim was one Defiant […] All sorties today were in Co-op with the Army Exercise, released at 18.00 hrs." However, the Squadron also sustained a minor casualty, which could have ended disastrously for the pilot. A Flight’s Plt Off Thomas Scott was flying one of four aircraft that took off from Eglinton at 10:35 for a 20-minute ‘attack’ on troops. As he took off, he “…hit a tree but landed okay.” Fortunately, Scott was uninjured and he was able to carry on with the exercise later, no doubt a little shaken for the experience.

    9 October 1942 – As the Squadron had arrived at Tangmere several days too late for Exercise ‘Aflame’, they did not take part in it at all. The pilots were instead tasked with spotting and defensive patrols in protection of those participating in it, and provided Station defence for Tangmere, whilst the Station’s squadrons were participating in the exercise. At 06:25 this morning, therefore, 41 Squadron was ordered to readiness and maintained Station defence throughout the day. The weather had finally improved sufficiently to permit the pilots to get airborne and the first patrol, of St. Catherine’s Point at 3,000-4,000 feet, was undertaken by Blue Section from 07:00. Standing patrols were then kept up in the area on an hourly basis until 12:45, with “each relieving section […] in position before the returning section returned to base.” In addition to this, one section was also tasked with spotting, five miles northeast of Beachy Head between 09:30 and 10:55. Between 13:00 and 15:00, the entire Squadron was placed on 30 minutes readiness, which was followed by some individual local flying. The day constituted the Squadron’s best day flying for the entire month. They included Scott as a part of Blue Section (Green BL518, Scott W3935) between 07:35 and 08:00.

    His next recorded flying is the day of his fatal flying accident. Do you have sufficient information on the accident.

    The above a general rough excerpts from my "Blood, Sweat and Valour" (Fonthill, 2012).

    Hope this helps
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Brew View Post
    9 October 1942 – As the Squadron had arrived at Tangmere several days too late for Exercise ‘Aflame’, they did not take part in it at all.
    Just to anticipate a question that might arise from the wording of that 9 October entry, Operation AFLAME never took place although a lot of squadrons were involved and some I believe even took off before being reclled. It was cancelled at the very last minute because of weather and was not re-mounted. The object of the operation was to draw the Luftwaffe up to fight and inflict losses, inspired by the air combat over Dieppe.

    Hope this bit of trivia helps.
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    Hi Steve,
    many thanks for the excellent information, all I have on the accident is that he flew into a hill in thick fog..... any further detail would be appreciated,
    cheers,
    Rick

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