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    Can anybody supply the first name(s) of the above pilot? Although he appears in the Squadron ORB there is no mention of him being posted in / out just the 3 Ops he flew. Sorry but I do not have his service number.
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    Have you checked the Air Force Lists around that time? There is an index page on the site here. Id imagine the name is not that common.
    Dennis Burke
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    Bob, Hi,
    There were a lot of them about, but most can be eliminated by rank/time!!
    This leaves me with:-
    1 31 Oct 41 1283398 Leslie Bunting Cmd Plt Off (110147)
    2 13 Nov 41 Sgt 746775 (RAFVR Pilots Jan 37) Malcolm Creswick Bunting Cmd Plt Off (117862).
    Perhaps you can further eliminate from the dates of Bunting’s Ops? [1] would probably be a Fg Off by 31 Oct 42, but [2] not until Nov 42.
    Best I can do! There may be others?
    HTH
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    Dennis Burke
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    Hello,

    A Time Frame -

    "My records show yet another agent was dropped with a package into Holland 0n 29/30th November (1942) by P/O Bunting during operation "SAUTERNS". I cannot find any reference to this operation in any reference book, it was probably for the SIS.

    Sgt Reardon and P/O Bunting flew the last of the 138 Squadron Whitley sorties, the remaining crews, in the meantime, were converting to Halifaxes."

    See:
    Agents By Moonlight:The Secret History of RAF Tempsford during World War II.
    Clark,Freddie.
    Stroud:Tempus Publishing,1999.
    p.114.

    Col.
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    Bob (et al),

    If I had been Self Loading Freight on the Hooligans’ Airline in 1942 then I think I might have been a tad happier knowing that the Pilot was a good ‘un! If it was M C Bunting, then the below might be of interest?

    CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
    St. James's Palace, S.W.T.. gth March, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: —
    To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:—
    Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Creswick Bunting (117862), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    Flight Lieutenant Bunting was attached to a party which was detailed to make a hazardous reconnaissance on the west coast of Sumatra*. Besides performing his task with skill and despatch, this officer set, at all times, an example of courage and cheerfulness and on many occasions, when the physical endurance of the members of the party became severely tested, he went far beyond what his duty required of him. On one occasion he gave .up his food to two of his companions who were faced with possible starvation and, on reaching the pre-arranged rendezvous in an exhausted state, Flight Lieutenant Bunting stood on a 74 hour watch. The mission brought back valuable information and the success achieved was largely due to the selfless devotion to duty displayed by this officer whose efforts also contributed much to the saving of some of his comrades' lives.


    * Still, therefore - and possibly - with The Hooligans (Force 136?) ?

    Say no more!!

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    Col.

    I have Freddie Clar's book plus Buntings debriefing reports and the entries from the ORB but nothing with his forenames on.
    Thanks anyway.

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    Hello,

    Re: 117862 F/L Malcom Creswick BUNTING MBE(M) RAFVR:

    "The related operation, "Sugarloaf II, was a reconnaissance of possible airfield sites in Simalur Island, a hundred miles west of Sumatra, by two British airfield experts, Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Bunting and Lieutenant Donald LOWE, who were escorted by an OSS party. The plan was to cross the island after the reconnaissance to the east coast where they would be picked up by the submarine from which they had landed. The supporting party, commanded by First Lieutenant R PETERSON USN, included photographer H MARTIN USNR, Sergeant M FLAHERTY, radio operator, and Sergeant M ECKHARDT, Guard. They left Trinccomalee on 3 May 1944 in HM Submarine "TRUCULENT" (Lieutenant-Commander R L ALEXANDER) and arrived at the disembarkation beach four days later...

    17 May - We did not attempt to move until about 0800 hours and then staggered about another 2,000 yards along the beach to what we thought was the pick up point. At 1720 hours Mac saw the submarine emerge.

    The submarine saw the party's signal and submerged until nightfall when the six were taken on board and given badly needed first aid."

    (The complete op is described, I have only qouted excerpts.)

    See:
    SOE in the Far East.
    Cruickshank,Charles.
    Oxford:Oxford University Press,1983.
    pp.145-6

    Col.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Col.

    I have Freddie Clar's book plus Buntings debriefing reports and the entries from the ORB but nothing with his forenames on.
    Thanks anyway.
    Hello Bob,

    The information was for the edification of Peter and Dennis.

    By the way, congratulations on your latest tome, "Runways To Freedom". Thoroughly enjoyed it! Essential reading for Special Duties fans. Read Bob's latest book and you will find information on these ops rarely, if ever, mentioned elsewhere.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ties-Squadrons

    Col.
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    Col.

    "The information was for the edification of Peter and Dennis." Having re-read my earlier reply it does appear to be a bit rude, sorry if it came over that way!

    My book - many thanks for you kind words and I am glad that you found it informative.

    Cheers
    Bob
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