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    Dear all,

    I am trying to pull together some notes on the above named officer pilot. I know he was trained in the UK and instructed for 18 months in Canada. As an A/S/L he joined 103 Sqn in Oct '43 as C Flight Commander, before moving on to 576 as B Flight Commander in late Nov '43. Four months later he was posted to 156 (PFF) Sqn as A Flight Commander. He was awarded his DFC whilst at 576 and his DSO at 156. All good so far. The 156 ORB states that Attwater and his crew were screened on 1 Sep '44 after completing 424 Ops between them. According to a post war news article, 61 of these were undertaken by this officer. Having done the maths, he must have served with an operational unit before joining 103, but I am struggling to find out which one it was, or the details of his time there. I would also like to know which OTU he went through.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

    VMT in advance

    Jonny
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    Hi Jonny,
    M.R.Attwater was with 100 Squadron 24/8/43-11/10/43 where he flew 11 sorties plus one second pilot sortie.He then went on to 625 Squadron 11/10/43-24/10/43 where he flew one sortie before moving on to 103 Squadron.
    Hope this is of interest,
    Regards,Mark.

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    Thanks Mark. It certainly is of interest. I now need to dig out the relevant ORBs - or at least save up for them from TNA!

    His wanderings must be close to a record. In the space of a little over 6 months he flew ops with 100, 625, 103, 576 and finally 156 Sqns.

    All the best

    Jonny
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    Jonny,
    Can list sorties for his time on 100,625 and 103 Squadrons,if it is of use.You can also find a list of his sorties with 156 Sqaudron at 156squadron.com via the 'search crew data base' button on the front page.
    Regards,Mark.

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    Mark,

    I am really only missing his time on 100 and 625, so anything that you can do to fill in the blanks from that period would be most useful please. I would be particularly interested to know whether he retained the same crew throughout. At the end of his time on 156 Sqn they were as follows:

    Sqn Ldr MR Attwater DSO DFC,
    Nav - Plt Off DSS Potter DFC,
    W/Op - Flt Sgt KW Taylor DFM,
    Flt Engr - Plt Off A Burgess DFC,
    Bomb Aimer - Plt Off MA Grace DFC RCAF,
    Mid Upper A/G - Flt Sgt KW Harris DFM
    Rear A/G - Plt Off AF Lock DFC

    Many thanks

    Jonny
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    Just a very minor personal comment!
    When I joined the Met Office, at Wittering (3 Grp Bomber Command) as a very junior Met Assistant in 1953, there were an awful lot of these sorts of guys (who had fought a real war) on the Squadrons and on the Station. This Attwater crew (very be-medalled, and mostly Commissioned), must have been amongst the ‘top-notch’ purveyors of their ‘art’?
    Later on, my Wg Cdr Elect Eng wore the PFF Wings – and had the occasional “bad day” on account of the fact that he was still carrying a certain amount of Luftwaffe/Flak ‘ironmongery’ around in his insides. Nobody told me about this! It was “bad form” in the Mess to talk about it!
    It is only now that the stones are being turned over!
    With respect
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Jonny,
    Attwater's crew remained the same except for his rear gunner,who originally was 1312692 Francis Harold Lanxon. Lanxon went missing 23-24/12/43 with the P/O.R.L.Hughes crew on a sortie to Berlin in Lancaster ED913 'UL-U2' of 576 Squadron..He was taken prisoner.
    Will post sortie list for Attwater's time on 100 and 625 Squadrons tomorrow.
    Regards,Mark.

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    Ack with thanks, Mark.

    Jonny
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    Hello Jonny,
    M.R.Attwater was posted in to 100 Squadron 24/8/43 from 1662 Conversion Unit with his crew as discussed above.He flew the following sorties;
    27-28/8/43 Nuremburg 2nd pilot sortie with AUS413248 F/Sgt.Edgar Lewis Pickles and his crew;
    30-31/8/43 Monchengladbach;
    31/8-1/9/43 Berlin;
    3-4/9/43 Berlin;
    5-6/9/43 Mannheim;
    6-7/9/43 Munich;
    22-23/9/43 Hanover;
    27-28/9/43 Hanover;
    29-30/9/43 Bochum;
    1-2/10/43 Hagen;
    2-3/10/43 Munich;
    4-5/10/43 Ludwigshafen.
    E.L.Pickles completed his tour ,which started 4/43, with 625 Squadron 11/43, flew a second tour as a flight commander with 550 Squadron,and was awarded a D.F.C.and Bar.
    Attwater and his crew were posted to 625 Squadron 11/10/43 where he flew one sortie;
    18-19/10/43 Hanover.
    He was posted out with his crew to 103 Squadron 24/10/43.
    Regards,Mark.

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    That's great thanks Mark. I do appreciate the trouble that you have gone to in order to provide this information.

    Rgds

    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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