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    G'Day Steve,

    For your records:

    As information on 428838/O23007 Walter Ernest WEARNE RAAF is rather thin on the ground (available, but expensive!).

    I have limited information on his activities during WWII, what you have would be appreciated (No.218 Squadron?), just a brief note will do!.

    As his service number (O23007), indicates, Walter Wearne remained in the RAAF post-war.

    Wearne served on No.2(B) Sqn RAAF in Australia, and later on No.1(B) Squadron RAAF, in Malaya.

    He was involved in the following incidents:

    18/3/1952
    No.2(B) Sqn RAAF
    Lincoln Mk.31GR A73-59

    At 1130K (Day), A/C was involved in AIR/GROUND GUNNERY and BOMBING op at Evans Head. Bombs doors would not close. U/C locked down but flaps would not lower when emergency air was used. A/C ordered to Eagle Farm (Brisbane), after using fuel, made flapless landing at Eagle Farm at 1600K.

    Wearne and crew uninjured.

    Later, whilst serving on No.1(B) Squadron RAAF at Tengah, Malaya, he had another fright:

    17/3/1953
    No.1(B) Sqn RAAF
    Lincoln Mk.30A (LR) A73-42

    After a 1 hour 30 minutes flight over the South China Sea (whilst at 16,000ft) ,white smoke issued from the port stack of the starboard outer engine. Puffs of black smoke issued from the generator intake blast tube. Temperatures and pressures were normal. Airscrew was feathered and a successful asymmetric was made at Base (Tengah, Singapore).

    Wearne and crew OK.

    Wearne had his commission terminated on 21 June, 1957. He had a successful career as a real estate agent. After many years of ill-health he retired. He passed away in Brisbane on January 27, 1964, three weeks shy of his fortieth birthday. He was buried in the North Rocks Cemetery, Carlingford, N.S.W.

    Col.
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    Default RAAF Pilot Help - Sqn Ldr Mayle

    Looking to identify a Squadron Leader Mayle RAAF, RAF Chedburgh Navigation Leader 1945. I have tried the NAA without success. Any help appreciated.

    TIA
    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    I think I know where you're coming from here - "From St Vith to Victory" (p.260), by one, Stephen C. Smith. Right?

    I suspect the "S/Ldr Mayle RAAF" pictured, could be AUS413783 (Nav.) William Graham MAYES DFC RAAF. Bill Mayes was killed on 28 July, 1956, near Glen Innes, N.S.W., during the 1956 Redex Car Rally. I can't be sure, as Mayes' files haven't been digitised. Mayes won his DFC (LG: 14/11/1944), whilst serving on No.514 Squadron. The other clue is the mention (in Mayes' DVA Nominal Roll entry), of 31 Base as his final operational posting. 31 Base controlled Chedburgh, 26/4/43 - 1/11/44.

    There is an indistinct photograph of Mayes, here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71648910 - What do you think?

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    Hi Col,

    That is the man, a big thank you. The squadron records have him as Mayle RAAF, also I have a couple of original photo's circa May 1945 and the description on the back have him down as Mayle?. But going by that photo, and your link that is definitely him.

    Cheers Col, your help is appreciated.

    Steve

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    Default Pilot Help - 218 Squadron,

    Gents,

    I am having trouble in identifying five pilots on 218 Squadron, there is almost nothing to go on in the ORB and the names are despite my best efforts eluding me on the LG.

    ANY help very much appreciated.

    Sergeant Adam ( 1940 )
    Pilot Officer Mansfield (1940)
    Sergeant Marchand (1940)
    Pilot Officer Mitchell (1940)
    Sergeant Morley (1940)

    TIA

    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    565464 Sgt. Adam, 741725 Sgt. Morley posted to 218 Sqn

    http://www.156squadron.com/101sqn/di...1940&monthz=07

    1376646 Derrick Victor Marchand KIA 4.2.1943 279 Sqn (maybe)

    565265 Ross Jack MANSFIELD (81040) (maybe)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/all-not...-page-size=100

    Lethbridge, Alta., Jan. 17.1941 - Three men were injured when their twin-motored Avro-Anson bombing plane crashed at Pincher Creek. The plane was on an authorized training instructional flight, hut that cause of the accident is not known at present. The injured were; Flying Officer R. J. Mansfield, of the Royal Air Force, the instructor, seriously injured….

    https://newspaperarchive.com/brandon...n-17-1941-p-1/

    http://www.airmuseum.ca/BCATPsearch/..._NeepawaMB.pdf

    Regards

    Mojmir

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    565464 William Scott ADAM (565464)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../6421/data.pdf

    741725 Geoffrey Alexander MORLEY (145118)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../2732/data.pdf

    Mojmir

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    Mojmir,

    Thank you very much for your help, it is very much appreciated.

    If it is not too much trouble, I have two last 218 pilots that unfortunately have very common surnames. Both operated with the squadron in 1940.

    'A' Flight Pilot Officer Smith.
    'A' Flights Sergeant Read.

    That is all I have, an impossible task I think!

    Thanks again.

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
    No.623 squadron Research

    ~~IN TIME ~~

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    Hi Steve,

    What about SMITH, Donald William MacKay (41483)?

    …confirmed as Pilot Officer, 6 October 1939; promoted to Flying Officer, 3 September 1940…

    …In No.218 Squadron, March 1940 to 20 May 1941. …

    http://archive.li/qhL1E#selection-2763.33-2763.78

    Regards

    Mojmir

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    Ahoj Mojmire,

    well done! You have my admiration how you are able to get all those results. I have tried also but there must be "something wrong between the keyboard and the chair" on my side:-)


    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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