Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Sergeant Townsend - Air Gunner 141 Squadron

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Sergeant Townsend - Air Gunner 141 Squadron

    Good evening,

    Can anyone furnish me with the first names of a Sergeant Townsend, who was an Air Gunner with 141 Squadron during their time at Gravesend.

    Many thanks,

    Andy

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    6,375
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 32 Times in 31 Posts

    Default

    Hello,

    A possibility for your "Sgt Townsend", could be, 937269 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) John James TOWNSEND RAF. Townsend was awarded a BEM(M), for rescuing his pilot, 41263 F/Lt Robert Lionel Frank DAY DFC, RAF, from the burning wreck of their 410 (RCAF) Sqn Defiant, V1137, on 6/7 December. 1941.

    Day had previously served on 141 Sqn. He was posted to 410 (RCAF) Sqn on July 14, 1941, when 141 Sqn was being re-equipped with Beaufighters (Day's regular gunner was 79580 F/O Frances Charles Anthony LANNING DFC, RAFVR).

    Maybe Townsend had tagged along to 410 Sqn..

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 2nd April 2019 at 23:28.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    A possibility for your "Sgt Townsend", could be, 937269 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) John James TOWNSEND RAF. Townsend was awarded a BEM(M), for rescuing his pilot, 41263 F/Lt Robert Lionel Frank DAY DFC, RAF, from the burning wreck of their 410 (RCAF) Sqn Defiant, V1137, on 6/7 December. 1941.

    Day had previously served on 141 Sqn. He was posted to 410 (RCAF) Sqn on July 14, 1941, when 141 Sqn was being re-equipped with Beaufighters (Day's regular gunner was 79580 F/O Frances Charles Anthony LANNING DFC, RAFVR).

    Maybe Townsend had tagged along to 410 Sqn..

    Col.
    Col,

    Brilliant, that's the man indeed. Thank you very much. And there's the link between 141 and 410 as many Defiant crews fed in to 410 from 141. Flight Lieutenant Robert 'Bing' Day DFC was later killed serving with 132 Squadron on 18th June 1944.

    Once again thank you for your time, it's much appreciated.

    Regards

    Andy

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    231
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post

    Default

    In 1939 he was an AC2 stationed at RAF Cardington (D-Flight) born 21 Oct 1911 - his wife was Ruby (nee Parsons) of High Grove Farm, Stroud.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    In 1939 he was an AC2 stationed at RAF Cardington (D-Flight) born 21 Oct 1911 - his wife was Ruby (nee Parsons) of High Grove Farm, Stroud.
    Thank you Pete, that's much appreciated.

    Regards

    Andy

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •