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    Default 42 Squadron Airman - 30 September 1942

    Looking for details on the aircraft in which Sergeant Maurice Raymond HUTSON (1064670) of 42 squadron was lost on 30 September 1942, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial along with fellow 42 Squadron airmen:
    Warrant Officer Robert Arthur GOLDING (747862)
    Sergeant Gerald George TENNANT (918986)
    Flight Sergeant Donald SALISBURY (1178771)

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    Hello Martyn,
    I believe that 42 Squadron at the time were operating with Bristol Beaufort Mk II's. I also think they were in the Mediterranean pending a move to the Far East.

    Hope this helps as a starter.

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    Mark
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    Hello,

    The airmen mentioned, were possibly aboard 1 OADU Beaufort I DW823 that went missing on a ferry flight, Malta-LG.224, on 30-9-1942. All Beauforts on Malta were officially gathered under No.39 Squadron's banner*. No.39 Sqn was in the process of moving to Egypt. Perhaps DW823 got entangled in their move. It should be mentioned, another Beaufort (DW833, of 1 OADU), was lost between Gibraltar and Malta on 29-9-1942.

    * See: Malta:The Spitfire Year 1942/Shores et al/569-70.

    Col.
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    I was wondering who the crew on DW833 were and found that it came up on an old archived threat from 2005.

    In that case it was, presumably wrongly, attributed to have been lost on 29 September 1943 (not 1942 as we have here). see http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/07415.php

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    Martyn,

    My information on Beaufort I DW833 was derived from the following sources:

    Royal Air Force Aircraft DA100 to DZ999
    Halley,James J.
    Staplefield:Air-Britain (Historians),2008 (2nd.ed.)
    p.92

    and...

    The Beaufort File.
    Hayward,Roger
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain (Historians),1990.
    p.55

    Col.

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    Col,

    Great information, as always.
    Many thanks

    Martyn

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