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    Hi all,
    Sgt. Berry was reported seriously injured in a crash while flying for the Gloucester Aircraft Co. in August 1943. (14th?)
    I can’t find anything relating to this particular accident. Does anyone know more?
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    Mojmir,

    Try Typhoon Ib [JP377}

    I have Sgt W BERRY effecting a forced landing at Birtsmorton, Worcs on 12-Aug-43 in this aircraft during endurance trials for Gloster Aircraft

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    Hello,

    A Sgt W Berry (British),is mentioned in Frank Ziegler's The Story Of 609 Squadron Under The White Rose (1993 rev.updated ed. p.337), as serving on 609 Sqn during 1943. Maybe Joss could provide a service number etc.

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    Hello

    No service number quoted in the Squadron ORB, not even an initial, as given in "Under the White Rose". Only 3 mentions in the form 540 :
    5 June 1943 : F/Sgt McMann (Canadian) and Sgt Berry join the Squadron from No. 3 Squadron
    3 August 1943 : first scramble for Sgt Berry and F/Sgt Martin
    9 August 1943 : Sgt Berry is posted to SDL, Uxbridge. On the 14th, he reported seriously injured (sic) in crash when flying for the Gloucester Aircraft Co.

    So there might be some information to look for in No. 3 Squadron's records

    No. 3 Squadron ORB confirms the posting out of McMann and Berry from 3 to 609 on 5th June 1943. Furthermore, Sgt Berry had been posted from No. 198 Squadron on 19th May (the day after the disastrous Poix mission). 9 pilots were posted in that day. He doesn't show up in the form 541s for the 3 weeks he was with No. 3 Squadron. Again neither initial nor service number.

    My samples of No. 198 Squadron ORB don't cover that period, so I'm stuck.

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 11th April 2016 at 13:55. Reason: adding from No. 3 Squadron ORB.

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    Hi,
    Thank you very much to all of you. Sorry for my delay.

    Sgt. Berry - 198 Squadron ORB:
    8.4.1943 - first reported, first flight (Manston) - Defensive Patrol, no initial
    19.5.1943 - last reported, from 198 Sqn to 3 Sqn (West Malling) with F/Sgt McMann, no initial

    With 609 Sqn flew only two ops: 14.6.1943 and 3.8.1943, the initial W. (ORB)

    I have also Sgt. James Harry Berry RAFVR 1336224

    247 Squadron ORB:
    13.10.1942 - from 55 OTU to 247 Sqn for FD (55 OTU ORB No. 1336224, AIR 78 – full name)
    15.1.1943 – Typhoon DN492 his first solo on the type - local - experience on Type - initials J.H.
    1.3.1943 - Typhoon DN445 lost - e/f on take-off, force-landed 100 yards S of airfield High Ercall. A/c turning on its back. Sgt. Berry injured - cut and swallen nose – no initial
    5.4.1943 - last reported with 247 Sqn - From Middle Wallop to Fairlop – no initial

    again 198 Sqn ORB:
    8.4.1943 – Sgt Berry is first reported with 198 Sqn.

    It is rather strange. One person or two persons?

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    Sgt. W Berry - 198, 3, 609 Squadrons and Gloucester Aircraft Co. (Typhoon JP377) - was Sgt. William Berry 1575604

    Mojmir

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    Mojmir OK I bite why did you come back to this after 3 years

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    Hi Paul,

    Exactly 3 years! I didn't notice the data!
    My Cold Case... I found his number in the morning.

    Regards

    Mojmir

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    Hello

    It's always good to have further détails and confirmations. This forum is full of informations and exchanges like this. Quite frequently after many years.

    Thanks Mojmir as it adds to our common knowledge (and mine about Typhoon pilots, a common interest for us).

    Joss

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