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    Default First names for Coastal Command Fortress loss survivors

    Can anyone help with first names for the following?

    FA698 of 59 Sqn lost Chivenor March 26, 1943
    Sergeant A Kenney (Co-pilot)
    Pilot Officer D H McLean
    Sergeant J F Clark


    FA703 of 521 (Met) Sqn lost at sea January 8, 1946
    Flight Sergeant J C ‘Tinker’ Taylor (Co-pilot)

    TIA.

    Robert

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    Robert,

    Are you sure Taylor was lost? The ORB records the 2nd Pilot was F/S V C Taylor (note the different initials) and the CWGC has no record of either a J.C. or V.C. Taylor being lost on this date. The ORB also records the 2nd Pilot was one of only three survivors, the other two being the Captain and Flight Engineer.

    Edit. If you were not aware the Fortress ditched at 48 deg 30 min N, 17 deg 40 min W.

    Brian
    Last edited by Lyffe; 20th December 2016 at 23:07. Reason: A/C position noted

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    Brian,

    Please read the title of Rob's thread.

    Rob. Could your Sgt A Kenney (Co-pilot), possibly be - Sgt A KENNEDY, 2nd-pilot to AUS402373 Geoffrey Beaufort LYNCH RAAF (No.59 Sqn.), at one time? http://number59squadron.com/roll/honour.html

    Season's Greetings!

    Col.
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    Brian and Col,

    Thanks. Must admit the title was a bit clunky. Yes, survivors from Fortress losses.

    Forgot to look at the Form 1180s(!) so can add that Sgt A 'Kenney' of 59 Sqn was 1370313 and F/Sgt V C Taylor of 521 Sqn was 1801093, if that helps.

    Seasons Greetings!

    Robert

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    Shucks, apologies folks. My inability to interpret the different meanings of words explains why my forecasts were usually wrong - I never could tell the difference between 'fine & dry' and 'wet and windy'.

    The account of the incident in the ORB suggests the three survivors were fortunate to live and tell the story.

    Compliments of the season to one and all.

    Brian

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    Arden Kenney #1370313 - Air78-090

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    Victor Charles Taylor #1801093 - Air 78-155

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    Can't find a "D H Mclean" on air force list nearest I can get is

    D "W" McLean 81862 and it cannot be him as he was Medical Branch so maybe Commonwealth ??

    maybe Sgt Don Mclean RCAF

    Sgt Don McLean. Allen crew. RCAF. R/88440?

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&GRid=25152479

    Donald Douglas MacLean

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/ca...NALD%20DOUGLAS

    http://number59squadron.com/memorial...al_mclean.html


    http://number59squadron.com/memorial/crew_allen.html
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    The London Gazette, Supplement 36108, Page 3382


    Awarded the George Medal:—
    1128327 Sergeant James Farquhar Clark, Royal Air
    Force.


    The Connoisseur, Volume 166, Issues 669-670

    a George medal group of five awarded to Sgt. James Farquhar Clark, R.A.F., l943. Catalogue, 1 plate, ls. 6d.


    http://www.family-announcements.co.u...uhar-jim-clark



    http://www.rafweb.org/Awards/GM_Holders2.htm

    1128327 Sergeant James Farquhar Clark, Royal Air Force.


    One night in March, 1943, Sergeant Clark was the wireless operator/air gunner in a Fortress aircraft
    which crashed and caught fire on the top of a hill, in conditions of poor visibility. Sergeant Clark
    and three other members of the crew escaped with minor injuries and Sergeant Clark realised that
    three further members of the crew were in the wreckage. Despite the blazing petrol tanks
    and the presence of explosives which-he knew were in the aircraft, he immediately re-entered the
    fuselage and, with the assistance of. Leading Aircraftman French, who had arrived at the
    scene after having seen the flames from his bedroom, dragged the three airmen from the wreckage.
    Some time afterwards an explosion occurred, shattering the aircraft .and breaking glass a quarter-of a mile away.

    1197934 Leading Aircraftman Albert French, Royal Air Force was awarded a BEM for his part in this action

    (London Gazette – 27 July 1943)

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    Many thanks, Paul and Brian.

    Cheers,

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 21st December 2016 at 18:35. Reason: Removed ref to McLean - wrong Sqn

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