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    Default RAF Ferry Command deliveries - begin of July 1942

    Hi all,

    I am trying to establish aircraft delivery (serial + crew) from Canada to the UK which would fit the following timetable:

    arrived Gander (1 July) - left Gander for Reykjavik (3 July) - left Reykjavik for the UK (4 July)

    So far I was able to check the book "Ocean Bridge" (not helpful in this particular case) and RCAF Station Gander ORB which stated:

    1 July
    Arrivals:
    2 Venturas
    2 B-25s
    2 Liberators
    all en route tho the UK

    Departures:
    3 B-25s, 1 Ventura and 3 Liberators for UK
    2 Venturas for Iceland (1 returned)

    3 July
    Departures:
    3 B-25s and 3 B-17s for UK
    1 Ventura for Iceland

    So my preliminary conclusion is that I am looking for a Ventura, probably of AE or AJ series (?).

    Is there any source which would help to establish the serial(s) at least?
    I was thinking also about TNA:

    AIR 28/653
    PRESTWICK
    1940 Dec. 1941 Feb. -1945 Dec

    but I am not sure if the serials of delivered aircraft are stated there.

    Any help much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Hi Pavel:

    Mitchell FL197 flew Reykjavik-Prestwick over the night of July 2/3 but that doesn't match your July 4 departure and presumably arrival at Prestwick.

    Mitchells FL194, 195, 214, 216 and 687 were delivered Reykjavik-Prestwick over July 4 as were Venturas AE794, 846, 910, 848 and AJ169, 213.

    This info came from files at TNA.

    Identifying crew members is very challenging because the Gander watch log for that period is missing and the aircrew assignment cards held by DHH are not cross-referenced with a listing of aircraft delivered.

    What's the background on your July 1 and 3 dates?

    Robert

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    Hi Robert,

    well I am aware this is a long shot but you never know:-)
    Yes the problem is that I have information from the DHH card for a particular person but no serial stated.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    Did you know there are typically summary cards without serials and detailed cards with all movements with serials for each individual? Perhaps you only have the former for your individual. Could you email me what you have..?

    Robert

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    Rober, the email has been sent.

    Pavel
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