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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Hi Andreas:

    Believe it's there now... at least it was but now I don't see it!

    Robert
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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Hi Rob

    It should be up now, came through overnight as moderation approval and I pressed the button a few minutes ago.

    Would you be okay for me to integrate the information in the main article, with full attribution and a link to your book?

    All the best

    Andreas

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    By all means, Andreas. There’s one more note I’ll send via your blog later today.

    I see a new post does appear in the blog immediately after submitting but is not accessible again until it's been approved.

    Robert
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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Hi Rob

    Your comments are now no longer in need of approval. It's only the first one.

    All the best

    Andreas

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    With the invaluable help of Forum members I’ve been able to confirm full names for **89 of the 96 Allied airmen involved in ferrying the 20 Boeing B-17C/Fortress Is to the UK between April and June 1941.

    ** = updated Dec 11, 2021

    Of the remainder, DHH were able to forward assignment cards for four as follows - the cards only provided initials but immigration documents helped flesh out forenames for the first three - the fourth has now been partially identified:

    ARKWRIGHT, Sgt Kenneth George: Flight engineer. Not listed in AIR 78.

    MOTTERSHEAD, Sgt Stephen: Flight engineer. Service number possibly 104462 per AIR 78.

    EDWARDS, Sgt Patrick: Radio operator. Possibly 1120443 or, believed more likely, 1360150

    PRICE, Sgt N G, RCAF: Navigator. **PRICE, Neil Gladstone (service number to be confirmed)

    Cards for the following two have been found with corrected spellings while there are no cards for the following three:

    ‘PROCTOR’, Plt Off J R: Navigator. **PROCTER, James Richard Eastham (42435)

    ‘PENDERSON’, Flg Off: 2nd Plt. **PEDERSEN, Varley Allen (41458)

    CLARK, Plt Off: Radio operator.

    McBRIDE (rank unknown): Navigator.

    DAGG, Sgt*: Flight engineer.

    Appreciate that the information for the last three is very thin. Some would likely have previously served with Coastal Command.

    WATSON, Sgt: **Deleted - on board but not a crew member.

    If anyone can throw more light on any of these individuals in terms of forenames, service number and previous unit, I’d be very grateful.

    Have searched this and the CWGC sites for those above for which there are at least initials.

    *Flt Off Ainsley George Dagg serving with ATFERO was a candidate but he proved to be a 2nd pilot and otherwise-occupied during the period of the relevant ferry flight.

    Thanks in advance:

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 12th December 2021 at 00:55. Reason: ** Updated items

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    N G PRICE possibly Neil Gladstone PRICE as per this link

    https://necrocanada.com/obituaries-2...ice-1916-2020/

    Chris

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Now if we could find Neil Gladstone PRICE RCAF Service number? Anyone thanks

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    Now confirmed that Neil Gladstone PRICE, RCAF, was navigator on one of the B-17Cs delivered to the UK.

    Can anyone please help with his service number?

    Thanks in advance.

    Robert

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Mojmir kindly tracked down an entry for one Neil Gladstone PRICE in the Canada Gazette as follows:

    https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Collec...12287670988400

    Bottom of p.25: R65236 Neil Gladstone PRICE C24689 (Works and Building Branch)

    The Works and Building Branch heading was unexpected for someone who was, according to his obituary, an Air Observer, Navigator and in Intelligence.

    Does anyone have any confirmatory feedback, now that we have proposed service numbers, that this was the navigator who was part of the ferry crew of AN528? Seems unlikely there was more than one Neil Gladstone PRICE, RCAF, butů.

    Robert

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    https://serenityfuneralhome.ca/tribu.../obituary.html

    He received a teachers’ license in 1936 from Prince of Wales, PEI and in 1940 a BA from Acadia University. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force 1940-1945 as an air observer, navigator, and group intelligence officer. Following the war in 1949 he received his Bachelor of Civil Law from UNB and practiced as a solicitor in the legal division of the Dept. of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa. In 1953 he returned to Acadia to receive his theology degree and went on to serve as a pastor in Ontario and the Maritime provinces, finishing his ministry at the Wolfville Baptist church, 1973-1984

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