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    Would anyone be able to help with a look-up in No. 102 Squadron’s ORB?

    If so, would you be able to look up an Air Gunner named AT Tuck, who was posted to No. 102 Squadron in July 1942 and then posted to No. 35 Squadron on 19th March 1943. Information regarding sorties and crews would be most welcome.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hello,

    http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.as...eranId=1066065

    4-1-1943
    No.102 Sqn
    Halifax II W7910
    Training

    Crash-landed 1410, wheels retracted, at Huby, 9 miles NNW of York. The incident was caused by loss of power from the port inner engine, after the port outer had been feathered.

    WO2 J F W Towse RCAF
    F/S W A Gardiner RCAF
    F/S E Lee
    Sgt K H Kirkpatrick
    Sgt A T Raine
    Sgt A T Tuck RAAF
    Sgt D W Mugleston

    See:BCL4/15(corrected) & http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...k43/w7910.html

    Col.
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    Hi Pete,


    Hope you can make sense of this.
    Caveat - Whoever compiled the ORB during this period wasn’t too fussed about getting peoples initials correct so there may be some errors.


    5/8/42 Nickelling Paris area. Halifax W.1107 “D”

    S/L CGSR Robinson. P
    P/O W Plummer. N
    Sgt AM Long. AG
    Sgt AT Tuck. AG
    Sgt JF Ray. W Op
    Sgt D Knight. FE
    P/O FW Hargreaves. B


    9/8/42 Osnabruck. R.9533 “B”
    As above, replace Flight Engineer with Sgt E Stoker.


    11/8/42 Mainz W.1067 “J”
    As above, replace Flight Engineer with Sgt J Bennett


    1/9/42 Saarbrucken W.1271 “C”

    Sgt TP Thirsk. P
    Plummer
    Long
    Tuck
    Ray
    Knight
    Sgt GH Rowe. B


    13/9/42 Bremen. W.1271 “C”
    As above


    19/9/42 Saarbrucken W.1066 “H”

    Thirsk
    P/O FW Hargreaves. N
    Long
    Tuck
    Ray
    Sgt WE Pattinson. FE
    P/O J Field. B


    23/9/42 Flensburg R.9533 “B”

    Thirsk
    Sgt GE Dunn. N
    Long
    Tuck
    Ray
    Sgt K White. FE
    Field


    26/9/42 Flensburg R.9533 “B”

    S/L Edmonds
    F/S JAT Simpson. N
    P/O Hinchcliffe
    Tuck
    Sgt HW Pimm . W/Op
    Sgt AJ Pickard. FE
    Sgt PR Dunsford. B


    13/10/42 Kiel. W.7864
    As above, replace Simpson for Sgt AH McDonald and Pickard for Sgt JW Kilyon


    23/10/42 Genoa W.7864

    Edmonds
    Sgt HA Charman 2P
    McDonald
    Hinchcliffe
    Tuck
    Sgt HW Pimm
    F/S D Knight
    Dunsford


    7/11//42 Genoa W.7864
    As above, replace 2nd Pilot with Sgt Reid


    Can’t see any more ops until February ’43.


    2/2/43 Cologne W.7912

    W/O AS Younger
    F/S JO Peltier
    Sgt HS Fawns
    F/S A Sharpe
    Tuck
    Sgt J Bell
    Sgt W John


    25/2/43 Nuremburg W.7912

    Younger
    Sgt Charlebois. 2P
    Peltier
    F/S A Sharpe
    Tuck
    Bell
    John
    Sgt H McKenzie


    26/2/43 Cologne W.7927
    As above minus 2nd Pilot.


    28/2/43 St Nazaire W.7912
    As above, replace McKenzie with Sgt J Clack


    1/3/43 Berlin W.7927
    As above, replace Clack with Sgt PR Dunsford.


    3/3/43 Hamburg W.7883

    Younger
    Peltier
    F/S A Sharpe
    Tuck
    Bell
    John
    Dunsford


    5/3/43 Essen HR.667

    Sgt N Matich
    P/O CA Hewlett
    Sgt FR Dolling
    Tuck
    Sgt AV Forsythe
    Sgt DJ Park
    Sgt RW Tully




    9/3/43 Munich JB.799
    As above


    11/3/43 Stuttgart HR.667
    As above.



    I take it this is for a relative of Sgt Tuck? My Grandfather was the Bomb Aimer for his first three Ops and Nav for the trip to Saarbrucken on the 19th Sept ’42. Would a scan of his Log Book for these dates be of interest?

    Pete

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    Thanks, as always, for your feedback.

    My main aim was to establish if he had crewed up with NJ Matich's crew before arriving at No. 35 Squadron, so that question has been answered. However, as I will be including the information on his 102 ops for the family I am sure they would be interested in seeing the relevant log book pages, so yes please Pete

    ADDITIONAL REQUEST

    As an aside, are you able to provide the posting in dates / sorties for NJ Matich's crew (as I have also done some research on other members of that crew and was unaware that they were operational with No 102 Squadron prior to posting to No. 35 Squadron)


    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 18th October 2017 at 11:59. Reason: Additional Request
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Matich, Tully, Forsythe and Dolling posted in January, Park posted in December ’42. It doesn’t show when Hewlett was posted in or out.

    14/1/43 Lorient W.7922

    W/C GW Holden. P
    NJ Matich. 2P
    P/O CA. Hewlett
    Sgt FR Dolling
    Sgt AV Forsythe
    Sgt JHT McEwan
    Sgt FMM Smith
    Sgt RW Tully

    21/1/43 Gardening W.7936

    Matich
    Hewlett
    Dolling
    Forsythe
    Sgt DJ Park
    Tully

    27/1/43 Dusseldorf HR.667

    As above

    2/2/43 Cologne HR.667

    Matich
    Hewlett
    Tully
    Dolling
    Forsyth
    McEwan
    Sgt WE Pattison

    4/2/43 Turin HR.667

    Matich
    Hewlett
    Tully
    Dolling
    McEwan
    Forsythe
    Park

    23/2/43 Nuremburg HR.667

    Matich
    Hewlett
    Dolling
    McEwan
    Forsythe
    Park
    Sgt S Collins


    28/2/43 St Nazaire HR.667

    As above

    5/3/43 Essen HR.667


    Matich
    Hewlett
    Dolling
    Tuck
    Forsythe
    Park
    Tully

    8/3/43 Nuremburg JB.779

    Matich
    Hewlett
    Dolling
    Sgt GF Hogg
    Forsyth
    Park
    Tully

    9/3/43 Munich JB.779

    As above, replace Hogg with Tuck

    11/3/43 Stuttgart HR.667
    As above


    I can’t see them flying again after the 11th although only Dolling’s name appears in the postings out.

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    Pete,

    Note that Matich has just one given name.

    From Colin hanson’s By Such Deeds – Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923 – 1999 :

    MATICH, Flight Lieutenant Nicholas, DSO, DFM (pff).
    NZ414658; Born Te Kopuru, 25 Jul 1917; RNZAF 17 Aug 1941 to 22 Nov 1944; Pilot.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Medal (9 Sep 1943): [35(PFF)Sqn RAF (Halifax)] Flight Sergeant Matich has proved himself to be a most efficient and capable captain of aircraft. On many operational sorties he has achieved most satisfactory results, at all times displaying the keenest desire to attack the enemy, undeterred by the most powerful defences. He has taken part with fine effect in sorties against Cologne, Berlin and many others of the major targets on enemy territory.
    Citation Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (12 Jun 1944): [35(PFF)Sqn RAF (Halifax)] In air operations this officer has displayed skill and courage of the highest order.
    Also served with 102 Sqn RAF (Halifax). Member of the ‘Caterpillar’ and ‘Late Arrivals’ clubs. On 27 Sep 1943, Fg Off Matich’s 35(PFF)Sqn Halifax was shot down during a raid on Hanover. He baled out safely and successfully evaded capture. Moving by night he headed for Holland, taking nine nights to cover 100 miles to the German-Dutch border. Through taking cover by day, usually in woods and once in a haystack, he had a fairly safe journey. Fg Off Matich reached the Dortmund-Ems canal on the seventh night only to find it securely guarded. All bridges had sentry boxes at each end, with guards also patrolling the area. Creeping into one sentry box, he overpowered the guard and safely crossed the canal. Two nights later he reached Holland and made contact with the escape and evasion organisation. After spending six weeks hiding in a cellar in a wood he was taken by train and escorted across the frontier into Belgium. From Brussels he travelled in company with another British pilot to France and eventually reached Paris. After several days there the two men were guided by a French girl to Bordeaux. They then made their way south taking three days and nights to walk across the Pyrénées into Spain, finally reaching Gibraltar, from where they were flown back to England, arriving there on 14 Jan 1944. Died Auckland, 25 Sep 1992.

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    The New Zealand Death Index has him as Nicholas Joseph as does The Aukland War Memorial.

    http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-me.../record/C31821

    Pete

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    Pete,

    Birth registered as Nikola Matich. Served with the RNZAF as Nicholas Matich. Death registered as Nicholas Joseph Matich. Judging by electoral roll entries, appears to have added the ‘Joseph’ to his name after 1946 and by 1949.

    Cheers,
    Errol

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    Hello,

    Odd that Bill Chorley should use "N. J. Matich":

    24/25 July 1943
    No.35 Sqn
    Halifax II HR803:TL-P
    Op: Hamburg

    T/o 2209 Graveley and crashed one minute later in a field at Great Paxton, 3 miles NNE of St. Noets, Huntingdonshire. The crash, in which no one was hurt, was caused through total loss of power from the outer engines.

    F/S N J Matich RNZAF
    Sgt R A MacI Mather
    F/O C A Hewlett
    Sgt R W Tully RCAF
    Sgt F R Dolling
    F/S A T Tuck RAAF
    Sgt A V Forsyth

    See: BCL4/238

    Martin Middlebrook's, "The Battle of Hamburg", Penguin/Allen Lane, 1980, p.118), acknowledges the help (p.406), of one F/Sgt N. J. Matich. John Searby (The Great Raids Peenemunde, p.51), also uses "F/S N. J. Matiche"[sic].

    Col.
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    Hello

    I don't have Matich's evasion report, but I have the appendice in WO 208/5582, and the initials are clearly N.J.. The document is dated 16th January 1944, Matich was a Pilot Officer by then.

    Joss

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