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    Default F/O Wynton Scott Munday (40637) RAF

    This Australian was killed 17/10/40 in a Wellington (L4259) crash near Hampstead Norris. He was at 15 OTU.

    Earlier in the war he is said to have flown Hurricanes and Spitfires; can someone indicate what units he served with?

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    Hi Bruce

    I attach the following: -

    "Wynton Scott Munday had served briefly in the Australian Militia from August 1936 to November 1937 (NAA).

    In the absence any other Australian service record or RAAF Pt Cook roll entry, it appears that he proceeded direct to UK by his own arrangement not long afterwards.

    He was granted an RAF short service commission as acting Pilot Officer on probation on 12 April 1938 wef 26 March 1938 (London Gazette), hence his RAF service no, 40637.

    On 29 Oct 1938 he was posted to No 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Unit, initially at Gosport, then Thorney Is and Dettling from Sep 1939.

    In March 1939, Munday was still with the Unit as Acting PO (Air Force List March 1939). At that time, they had a large contingent of Fairey Swordfish.

    Graded as Pilot Officer on probation wef 17 Jan 1939 (LG 3 Oct 39), promotion to Flying Officer followed on 3 Sep 1940 (LG 19 Nov 40).

    Other sources consulted
    Sturtivant RAF Flying Training And Support Units Newton A Few of the Few RAAF Pt Cook rolls copies"

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm. Do you know if No 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Unit was operating any other a/c types, apart from Swordfish?

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    Hi Bruce

    No 1 CACU certainly operated Spitfires but I haven't found any Hurricanes with as yet. The also operated Ansons, Blenheims and Masters

    Malcolm

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    Hi Bruce

    Further to my last

    According to Sturtivant, Swordfish only in 1939. Reverted to 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Flight at Detling in May 1940 and re-equipped with a smaller contingent of Avro Ansons, until Oct 1940 when re-equipped with Blenheim IVs, until Dec 1940 small numbers of both Ansons and Blenheims.

    According to Sturtivant, no Spitfires until Dec 1941, long after Munday's fatal 15 OTU crash 17 Oct 40.

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    Thanks again, Malcolm. I suspect he served with a fighter squadron/s at some stage in 1939-40 and will have to keep looking.

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    Hello Gents,

    You might care to read the following on Wynton Scott Munday: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231194009 and http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article132001368 The story of him flying "Hurricanes and Spitfires over the Continent", is repeated in the history of his old school. Prince Patrick College*. Personally, I think it is fanciful. Be glad to be proven wrong.

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    War soon crowded in more intensely on school life, making such complaints about food seem out of place. The career of old scholar Wynton Munday, who had worked his passage to London to enlist in the Royal Air Force, illustrated the adventurous but dangerous nature of the new warfare. When his application was refused because of his lack of qualifications, he 'roughed' his way back on a freighter to Melbourne, learned to fly at his own expense, then worked his return to London again. After six weeks there, he was accepted for the Air Force. He flew Hurricanes and Spitfires over the Continent early in the war, but died on active service in October 1940. He was a product of the age, greatly attracted to flying.

    A History of Prince Alfred College.
    Gibbs,R.M.
    Kent Town(S.A.):Peacock Publications,1984.
    p.242

    Col.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello Gents,

    You might care to read the following on Wynton Scott Munday: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231194009 and http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article132001368 The story of him flying "Hurricanes and Spitfires over the Continent", is repeated in the history of his old school. Prince Patrick College*. Personally, I think it is fanciful. Be glad to be proven wrong.

    *
    War soon crowded in more intensely on school life, making such complaints about food seem out of place. The career of old scholar Wynton Munday, who had worked his passage to London to enlist in the Royal Air Force, illustrated the adventurous but dangerous nature of the new warfare. When his application was refused because of his lack of qualifications, he 'roughed' his way back on a freighter to Melbourne, learned to fly at his own expense, then worked his return to London again. After six weeks there, he was accepted for the Air Force. He flew Hurricanes and Spitfires over the Continent early in the war, but died on active service in October 1940. He was a product of the age, greatly attracted to flying.

    A History of Prince Alfred College.
    Gibbs,R.M.
    Kent Town(S.A.):Peacock Publications,1984.
    p.242

    Col.

    Hi Col

    I discovered while going through the casualty reports in Air 81 during a nice visit to the Nat Archives all April this year, that Wynton Scott Munday was slightly injured, with burns to his right buttock, on 30 July 1940 when a 1 General Reconnaissance Unit Wellington L4255 flown by Sqn Ldr J H Chaplin had its undercarriage collapse on landing at Ismailia. States he was born 22 April 1914 in Adelaide.

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    Russell

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    G'day Russ,

    Thanks for that information.

    Have you seen the AIR 81 index on RAFComms?

    It is a listing of all the AIR 81 files released so far (10/8/2019):

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...qmem=&cur=2500

    See: AIR 81/2845

    Not the full file, just a guide to its location.

    Note the incorrect reference to Munday as RAAF and the incorrect unit title ie, Ground Reconnaissance Unit.

    As an aside, have you by any chance purchased a copy of the new edition of "Panzerjaeger! by Martin Pegg? If so, have you actually received your copy?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th August 2019 at 13:34.

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