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    Default F/Lt John Malcolm Barnes, 20 RAAF Sqn - lost 1 Oct 1943

    Hello All, long time no see,
    I am looking for information on this Canadian navigator who was serving in the Pacific with the RAAF when he was lost. There is little in his file about the incident and he was only presumed dead later.
    Has anyone got an ORB or report on this loss?
    thanks (and nice to be back doing WW2 for a change, been working on WW1 for a while.)
    I just read his service file and in it there is a report on the loss of a Catalina, probably on 1 Oct 1943, in an action against Japanese shipping near Pomelaa, Celebes, Indonesia. There is no mention of Barnes in the report, which contains interviews with Japanese personnel and the surviving crewman, so it seems he was lost in the initial crash.
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    Hello,

    J/5310 F/L John Malcolm Barnes RCAF, was lost in No.20 Sqn RAAF Catalina A24-67:RB-X, on 1-10-1943.

    See:

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1358750 pp.269-70 of 544.

    and ... https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=6950539 see:p.9 of 69.

    See also:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...o-205-Squadron

    and ...

    Even when ASV (Air-to-Surface Vessel) Radar was fitted in a squadron it was often not used properly by the crews, or not used at all. In an attempt to overcome this difficulty an ASV training party was formed headed by Flying Officer Barnes (RCAF), who had had extensive experience with RAF Coastal Command and, armed with the ASV receiver, they toured the operational squadrons giving instruction both on the ground and in the air. Unfortunately, Flying Officer Barnes, after several brushes with the enemy*, was lost in the New Guinea area.

    See:
    A Saga of Achievement:The RAAF Radio Story.
    Hall,E (Bon) G/C Rtd.
    Box Hill:Bonall Publishing,1978
    p.204

    *
    One of the incidents mentioned above, is recorded here:

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=6950529 pp.34-5 of 73

    NB. The NAA site is really playing up today, be patient (14/6/19).

    Col.
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    That's wonderful, thanks Col for the quick and comprehensive response.
    The CGWG has him l listed incorrectly as 20 Sqn RAF. I will try to get that notation fixed.
    David

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