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    I have been asked to Identify a few individuals involved with early B-17 Operations in the RAF

    1) USAAC Liaison Officer Capt then Major 'Mike' Walsh with 90 Sqn in 1941. He is Major "Walshe" in the 90 Sqn ORB

    He has also been quoted as "Major James "Mike" Walsh" in at least one published source

    It is actually

    Major Birrell “Mike” Walsh #018109 Born Dakota 7 June 1907. Died Feb 10, 1945

    http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/8875/

    2) I have been trying to identify a 90 Sqn pilot P/O J M Taylor in the Summer/Autumn 1941 who subsequently was posted to 220 Sqn Detachment in Egypt around Feb 1942 and was then made a F/O Acting

    I think this is highly likely to be

    James Morell TAYLOR 102971 ex 968177 Born Belfast 1921

    Note: He is listed incorrectly on some AFL as James Maxell Taylor

    He was P/O 27. 6.41 and F/O 27 June 1942 so the dates 'Match' - But would like confirmation if possible

    3) 90 Sqn Commander S/Ldr McLaren joined 90 Sqn from 13 OTU Bicester as a Flight Commander 23-5-1941

    Can anyone please confirm that he is actually

    Archibald Duncan. MCLAREN #41440, Died 1951 D.F.C. and MID

    He was awarded DFC June 6th 1941 as Acting Flight Lieutenant with 101 Sqn?

    He may have later commanded the 220 Squadron Detachment in Egypt. Can anyone help?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/11363.php

    Or suggest who S/Ldr McLaren is?

    4) Finally can anyone suggest full names/service numbers for the captains on the Fortress I delivery flights from Gander May to mid-June 1941?

    Note: I think these would ALL be highly experience Bomber/Coastal Pilots (note Ranks) - Even the P/O would be commissioned Sergeant Pilots with years of experience

    AN527 F/Lt Biddle NOT Eric Arthur BIDDLE #21190 --> See Later
    AN537 P/O Crook -> Possibly 44550 C. N. . PO 9. 8.40 -> 580015 Cyril Norman CROOK ( 44550).
    AN533 S/Ldr Winn Raymond Ivor Burgess WINN #29224
    AN522 F/Lt Ring -> 39031 Spencer Leonard RING, D.F.C. ( 39031). FL 3 9.40
    AN520 F/Lt Womersley -> 37439 WomersIey.A.L. FL 21. 5.40 ? Albert Leslie WOMERSLEY
    AN523 P/O Fitchen -> ? Probably 44866 Fitchew, E. E. PO 16. 10.40 -- 562095 Ernest Edwin FITCHEW ( 44866).
    AN535 F/Lt Barclay
    AN526 F/O James
    AN528 S/Ldr Foulsham -> 37347 FL 7.5.40 James FOULSHAM ( 37347).
    AN525 S/Ldr Thomas
    AN532 F/O Llewellyn
    AN518 F/O Uprichard -- 43125 Uprichard, W. J FO 1. 4.41 -> William Jervase UPRICHARD D.F.C.- > 563272 William Jervase UPRICHARD ( 43125
    - No. 51 Squadron. April 1941


    Many Thanks

    Paul
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    Paul,
    Send a PM to Rob Stitt. He's an RAF B-17 expert, and may have crew details from the "sending end" as it were?
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Paul, as Peter already suggested the best way would be to contact Rob Stitt or consult his great book Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service by the MMP.

    Pavel
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    Thanks

    but.. I should have said I am helping Rob!

    Paul

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    Well, what to say... :-)
    Hopefully another member would be able to help with particular pilots.

    Pavel
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    Thanks, Paul and all.

    Trying to fill in some gaps for the next edition and Paul wisely posted my off-board request to him.

    Robert

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    Paul:

    Have checked the Gander Watch Log and it is indeed Fitchew.

    Good call!

    Robert
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    Hi Paul:

    Checking the 90 Sqn ORB, 'McLaren' arrived on May 24, 1941, as a S/Ldr. But according to the LG my initial pick Archibald Duncan McLaren (41440) became a F/Lt four months later on August 23, 1941.

    So, unless I'm missing something, the latter does not appear to be my man, per logbook signatures, 'S/Ldr A D McLaren'.

    I've seen refs to him being known as 'Andy' but the LG doesn't return a viable match for an 'Andrew McLaren'.

    Robert
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    S/L James Foulsham DFC AFC (37347) was killed in action July 20th 1944 while serving with 109 Squadron. He was piloting a 582 Squadron Lancaster equipped with Oboe, leading a formation of nine Lancasters in a daylight attack on a V-1 site at Foret du Croc in France.

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    One of Foulsham's relatives just sent me the weight breakdown for the delivery trip for B-17-C No.528 which included the five crew members. The normal maximum take off weight is listed as 47,500 lbs. After offloading ammunition, equipment and some fuel Foulsham took off for the U.K. with a take off weight of 51,563 lbs., nearly 4,000 lbs. overweight which had been approved.
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