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    Default Hudsonloss off Sengal 26 July 1942?

    NZ411448 Sgt or Flt Sgt Ernest Garfield Rhodes, RNZAF, was a pilot who went missing on 26 July 1942 with Ferry Command and ended up being interned by the Vichy French in Senegal until December 1942.

    The last posting I have for him prior to this event is service with 1(C)OTU, which would tend to suggest he was engaged in the delivery flight of a Hudson at the time.

    Would anyone have further information on this, please?

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    OADU Hudson FH334

    Force landed with u/c retracted due to lack of fuel.

    Initial cause was reduction in power from engines resulting in loss of height to 400 ft. Alt could only be maintained by jettison of frieght and subsequently fuel.

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    Errol,

    AUS403966 Sgt (Obs.) William Kevin SULLIVAN RAAF - 1 OADU - Hudson IIIA FH334.

    Day transit from Gibraltar to Bathurst.

    Sullivan was the only Australian on Board. E G, Rhodes NZ411448, the New Zealand pilot, reported that they were flying at 5,000 feet following the coast but remaining 20 to 100 miles off shore. When about 90 miles from St. Louis, the starboard engine of the new Hudson developed a malfunctioning oil pump so the propeller was feathered. An SOS was sent and he instructed the crew to jettison the machine guns and all personal gear.

    Still losing height, he then commenced deliberate fuel loss in order to diminish the aircraft weight still further. Eventually, the second engine cut due to fuel starvation and they landed in a swamp near Foundiougne, in Senegal. He then discovered that the three machine guns and much personal gear had been retained.

    They were interned at Koulikouro, French West Africa. After the US invasion he was released to Sierra Leone.

    See:
    Wingless:A Biographical Index of Australian Airmen Detained in Wartime.
    Roberts,Tom V.
    Ballarat:Author,2011.
    p.454
    (Edited, by me)

    Sullivan's undigitsed A705, gives the crew as:

    NZ41148 [sic] Sgt Ernest Garfield RHODES RNZAF
    1187223 Sgt Philip John Mitchell BOLT RAFVR (later P/O 177368), MiD)
    104434 Sgt Christopher William CUNNINGHAM RAFVR (later F/O 175600)
    AUS403966 Sgt William Kevin SULLIVAN RAAF (later W/O MiD)

    Sullivan's A9301 is digitised: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetri...aspx?B=5522805

    Col.
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    Ross and Col,

    Many thanks for our speedy and most informative replies. I am much obliged.

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    Errol,

    Just a little more on this incident: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206846017

    Col.

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    Would anyone have come across a WO208 report for Rhodes about his landing in Senegal and susequent internment there?

    Errol

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