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    Evenin gall,
    I am posting this on behalf of a realtive of E M Mulligan from the crew of Wellington R1461. This relative will be making efforts to try and contact any relatives of the crew members to see if they might have a crew photo of the group.

    An old thread gave the crews names, http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/05956.php

    Sgt Federick Tom Luscombe
    Sgt Denis Chappell
    Sgt Eugene Michael Mulligan
    Sgt John Albion Harris
    Sgt John Edward Hodges
    Sgt John David Campbell Long RNZAF

    Would any one have the 40 Sqn ORB for this date and prior, how long were they with the Squadron? A veteran crew or new?

    Thanks in advance. If you are related to any of the above, give me a shout. dp_burke /at/ yahoo.com
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    From my For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices):

    LONG, Sergeant John David Campbell.

    NZ40623 (prev A40623); b Dunedin 21 Jun 19; Mt Albert Grammar; oxy-acetone operator - NZR, Auckland. RNVR e.1937 for 2½ yrs; RNZAF Levin/GTS as Air Observer u/t 13 Feb 40, 1AOS 11 Mar 40, remust as Air Gunner & Air Gunners Badge 6 Apr 40, att RAF & emb for UK 26 Apr 40, Sgt [wef 27.5.40] 27 Jun 40, 1 Depôt 8 Jun 40, 5OTU (Defiant) 17 Jul 40, 264 Sqn (Defiant) 15 Sep 40, 40 Sqn (Wellington - 3 ops) 10 Nov 40, kao 12 May 41. Runnymede Memorial - Panel 64. Son of David M & Christina Long, Mt Albert, Auckland. [phot. TWN 28.5.41].

    Not a group photo as such but there is a small portrait image of him in the illustrated pages of The Weeky News for 28 May 41 (page 26). A copy of the image can be obtained from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand for a small fee - info@airforcemuseum.co.nz

    It might also be worthwhile contacting Mt Albert Grammar to see if they have any further information about him - esarney@mags.school.nz

    Errol
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    Cheers Errol.
    much appreciated.
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    Greetings:

    Errol has given you details of David Long's brief RNZAF career. I can add the following from the 40 Sqn ORB and a German contact re the loss.

    The adjutant of 40 sqn was toffee-nosed about rank and generally only names officer arrivals, but Sgt Luscombe and crew must have arrived in December 1940, as part of an influx of crews following the shift from 1 Group (Blenheims) to 3 Group (Wellingtons). I can only guess that Mullligan was the W/Op in the crew from OTU. Luscombe was separated from his OTU crew and posted as second pilot to Sgt Finlayson RNZAF. The remainder of his crew were distributed around, it seems, and Sgt Mullligan operated that night with the very experienced P/O Archer, bombing Dunkirk invasion barges, and again with Archer on 1 January (Bremen).I can only assume, however, that Mulligan was standing in for a sick crew member, as that was the last time he operated with Archer, or indeed operated at all until 8 April when he was W/Op in Finlayson's crew (Kiel). Clearly, for some of the intervening time Muligan was a 'spare bod', but the ORB does explain part of the time off ops when it reports on 23 March that 'Sgt Mulligan reported for duty on completion of Lorenz course in Canada and proceeded on seven days leave'. Luscombe meanwhile had been promoted to captain a crew, and operated regularly with Sgt Harris as W/Op, while Mulligan renews his operational career as W/Op to Finlayson on 8 April (Kiel), 10 Aprii (Merignac aerodrome), 15th (Kiel), 17th (Berlin), 24th (Kiel) and 29th (Kiel). The last was abandoned because of 'total failure of electricity'. He next operates on 6 May as W/Op to F/O Canton (Hamburg). Mulligan's next op was his last, with Luscombe, to Hamburg. The crew was shot down at 0149 by Oberleutnant Lent of 6./NJG1. He had also shot down Finlayson's crew nine minutes earlier.

    Finlayson was on his 27th operation. Luscombe had completed about 15. So both skippers were experienced

    Hope this helps,

    David

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    Thanks so much for that David, very much appreciated. The relative is looking in on these messages.

    The Lorenz course in Canada. Is this really a course in Canada, for about a month or two??

    Wonderful snap shot of his operational career.
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    Correction.

    Mulligan arrived on squadron as WOp/Ag in a Blenheim crew early July 40, captain Sgt (later P/O) Archer, and operated with him from 17 July on thus: 17/7 St Inglevert drome, 20/ Hingene drome, 30/7 drome in Belgium (task abandoned lack of cloud cover),13/8 Querqueville drome, 22/8 and 24/8 Rennes drome, 29/8 St Omer (abandoned, lack of cloud cover), 3/9 St Omer drome, 5/9 Boulogne harbour, 11/9 Ostend, 17/9 St Omer, 19/9 and 21/9 Ostend, 24/9 Calais, 29/9 Boulogne, 2/10 Antwerp, 8/10 Boulogne, 12/10 Amsterdam, 15/10 Dusseldorf, 24/10 and 27/10 Antwerp, 28/10 Mannheim. He then flew two Wellington ops with Archer on 23/12 Dunkirk, and 1 January 41 Bremen.

    After that, unrecorded, he must have been off to Canada for a Lorenz course.

    David


    So Mulligan flew .

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    Amazing detail David.
    Thanks for reviewing the ORB its a big task when you start it.
    Dennis Burke
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