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    Default Albacore N4250 lost July 1941 Petsamo raid

    Hi guys

    Not RAF but ..............

    I'm seeking the first names of the Albacore crew:

    Lt (A) L.H. Lee
    Sub-Lt(A) G. Gorrie
    L/Air R.N. Train

    Any help appreciated.

    Brian

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    Brian

    Gorrie is Gordon Gorrie. He is mentioned in an article in the Daily Herald of September 8th 1941:

    Shot down after taking off from [an] aircraft carrier off Petsamo, Finland, 24 year old Sub-Lt. Gordon Gorrie, of the Fleet Air Arm has returned to his home at Thornton, Fleetwood.
    "For three days we drifted father into the Arctic Circle," he said yesterday.
    "We suffered terribly from thirst and had abandoned hope when the wind suddenly changed and carried us to land. Unable to walk we crawled up the beach. Afterwards we were told we had crawled six miles to a coast-guard's hut. They treated us with the greatest kindness and hospitality.
    "Our pilot officer was in a bad way and we left him in hospital. We got aboard a British steamer at a Russian port."

    Train is Norman Train. He is mentioned in an article in the Aberdeen Press, Agust 15th 1941:

    Posted missing after the recent 'top of the world' raid on Petsamo and Kirkenes, a former Carluke grocer, now in the Fleet Air Arm, dropped in on his parents a few days after his postcard saying he was safe had reached them.
    He is Norman Train, gunner telegraphist. He was on the plane which, as Cdr. Kimmins reveled on Wednesday's broadcast, reached the Russian lines and the crew of which are now back in Britain.

    And Lee is Leslie Lee, as reported in the Daily Record of November 14th 1941 (with a photo of him):

    Lieut. Leslie Lee, Fleet Air Arm, crashed near Petsamo and after 60 hours in a rubber dinghy landed on Russian soil. In a Soviet naval hospital Lee got a four-egg breakfast with lashings of butter, bread and red wine. Lee drew for his Russian nurse a chart with cows, churns, salmon, hens, bottles, and, in fact, everything he could want. Every picture told so plain a story that he was almost killed by kindness. "Russian engineers have nothing to learn," says Lee, who was an engineer himself.

    Regards

    Simon
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    using the Navy lists on ancestry.com

    for 1941 period the only G Gorrie S/Lt (A) is

    Gordon Gorrie , strangely listed with no trade, as in no P for pilot or O for observer
    In 1942 list he is listed as being with 804 Sqn
    1944, stationed at Cormorant II

    You will get the Royal Navy Lists online for the two officers.

    The lists for 1941 show only one L H Lee,
    and only full name of those initials are

    Leslie Horace Lee

    April 1941, he was with 817 SQn at RNAS Jackdaw.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Many thanks Dennis and Simon

    Excellent - just the information I was seeking - and more!

    Cheers
    Brian

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