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    Would anyone have any history of this gentleman Sgt John(nie) Rush ex Newcastle on Tyne Liberator pilot (Capt) of 178 Sqd participated inWarsaw Drop August 1944

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ject/205211817

    Post war Airwork Flying Instructor Usworth (about 1950/51), then Aden Airways followed by East African Airways and then Invicta (?)

    Reason for asking - he was mate of my Dad at Usworth & in East Africa (nominal 'Uncle' to me) - Thanks in advance

    PZULBA - Out of Africa (Retired)

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    Hi PZUKBA,
    you can start with 178 SQ ORB - previews avaiable online on TNA website:

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...e/r/h/C2503759

    August 1944
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8391261

    He is mentioned there several times.
    Browsing forwrad and backward you may be able to get an overviewe about his sevice witrh the unit and if you will be lucky there will be mentioned also his posting in/out and if more lucky also from which unit/to which unit.

    HTH

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hello,

    You will find many mentions of Johnnie Rush (along with the same IWM photo), in the following publication:

    'Gardening by Moonlight' 205 Group mining operations over the River Danube in 1944.
    Kassak,Peter & David Gunby,
    Degart s.r.o.:Lulu,2017

    The book is still available from Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/peter-kassa...-22997160.html - Recommended!


    Rush's 2nd pilot, F/Sgt Derek Stewart RAAF, is actually, AUS418578 F/Sgt (Pilot) Derek George STEWART RAAF. W/O Stewart RAAF, who was killed on 5/6 November, 1944, in No.178 Sqn Liberator VI KH243 "T".

    5-6 Nov 1944
    No.178 Sqn
    Liberator VI KH243 "T"
    Op: Special Duties, Yugoslavia.

    Took off 2122, Amendola, detailed to carry out SOE supply drop 'Cuckold'. Shot down by Hptm Josef Krause, of 6./NJG 101, crashing at Lokovica, Slovenia. All are buried in Belgrade War Cemetery,

    W/O D G Stewart RAAF +
    Sgt S R Davie +
    Sgt W G Bogie +
    Sgt S Athorn +
    Sgt J Matthews +
    Sgt G J O'Kane +
    Sgt F W Lough +

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Losses In The Middle East And Mediterranean Vol.2: 1943-1945.
    Gunby,David & Pelham Temple.
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain (Historians),2018.
    p.179

    https://harringtonmuseum.org.uk/wp-c...Operations.pdf See: p.443 of 583.

    Col
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 4th March 2019 at 06:34.

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