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    Default No.82 Squadron August 13th 1940

    Hi,

    Can anyone please tell me the actual reason, if known, why Sergeant Arthur Baron, a pilot on the squadron aborted the raid on Aalborg Aerodrome on August 13th 1940.

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    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    No. 82 Squadron ORB (RAF Form 541) AIR 27/681/20 stated:

    "These 12 aircraft sent out to bomb Aalborg aerodrome in formation over 20,000 feet if possible. Only one aircraft returned whose captain, Sgt Baron, turned back owing to lack of petrol."

    Sgt Baron was flying Blenheim IV R3915.

    HTH

    Pavel
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    Steve,

    Have you read Gordon Thorburn's book, The Squadron That Died Twice? The treatment of Sgt Norman Baron after the Aalborg raid was an absolute disgrace. Sometimes better that you didn't survive than face the wrath of your "betters", looking for a scapegoat. He was cleared of the charge of cowardice at his Court Martial and returned to duty. That is, until he was shot down and killed on 20 July, 1941, with No.139 Sqn, and a DFM.

    Col.

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    Steve/Col,
    RAF Courts Martial, in my very limited experience of them, can be more dangerous than the actual Active Service!
    HTH
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    Hi all,

    I have a copy of the Court Martial. My interest is that 218 Squadrons, Flight Lieutenant John Hughes, Deputy Flight Commander 'A' Flight was on the jury.

    A tragic waste of lives, and a injustice to the young NCO pilot.

    Steve
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    What a sad story!
    I am curious how many similar cases may happend in the RAF during the WWII - someone to be charged of cowardice and then cleared by the Court Martial and later earning DFM/DFC?

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