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    Default RAF Aircrew stranded in Montevideo 1943/44

    Hi all,

    Doing some research into the career of a pilot of No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron. In his diary he records that he and other RAF aircrew were stranded in Montevideo for almost 7 months and that it was the hospitality of ex-pats that kept them well feed and healthy.

    Can anyone explain what the circumstances surrounding this are ?

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    Mess party at Downham Market that got a bit out of hand?

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    Steve,

    Who was and and when did this take place?

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    Errol coming in may possibly be that he was thinking along the same lines as myself. This crew were rescued survivors of a U-boat victim somewhere in the west S Atlantic, near Montevideo (Uruguay was neutral territory). NZ>UK (or UK>NZ) via Cape Horn? Need U-boat ship sinkings in the area, and sunk vessels' Manifests!!!!!
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    Having a date (and some names also) will open several new possibilities in diplomatic records.

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    Gents,

    The chaps names is Geoffrey Morris Cooper, a pilot. He had undertaken his pilot training in Southern Rhodesia. The notes, suggest he was in Montevideo between August 1943- April 1944.

    Thanks for any help.

    Kind regards

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    Steve (et al),
    Doesn't appear on https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/search.php - unless I've missed him! But a ship might have sunk from other causes than a torpedo!
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    I suspect the original question is a bit of a red herring. The squadron was part of Bomber Command and, apart from a spell in France from Sept 1939 to June 1940, was based only in the UK. The reference to 218 Squadron covers the time after Cooper returned to the UK and joined the squadron; it had nothing to do with Montevideo.

    What was the standard route for returning Southern Rhodesian trained aircrew to the UK? There were regular convoys between South Africa and the UK.

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    Hello,

    The fact that Cooper is not listed on uboat.net tells us nothing. The listing of crew/passengers aboard vessels torpedoed by u-boats are far from complete.

    One possibility (note - possibility), in this time frame/location, is as follows:

    https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/3020.html

    As to whether Cooper was aboard the above vessel, I haven't got a clue! (Ellesmere Port - Santos hmmmmm!).

    Col.
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    Going the wrong way, Col, and nowhere near Africa.

    Brian

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