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    I have searched through the 3 ORBs for 419 Squadron, Middleton St. George and also 64-Base and I am unable to determine when W/C M.E. Ferguson was posted to 419 Squadron. Did he come from Canada and was he a 2nd tour man or did he assume command without prior operational service? I note that he did have (7) ops at the time he did his first apparent op with 419 (to Dresden, Feb 13, 1945).

    I understand that there was a “move” towards giving “permanent forces types" from Canada operational command experience prior to the end of the war. Can anyone provide further information?

    Thanks!

    Jim

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    Hi Jim,

    Can't answer when he was posted in but Malcolm Elroy Ferguson was born in Sarnia, Ontario 24 March 1913.

    His obituary, in the Ottawa Citizen, 2 October 1995 has him as retired RCAF F/Lt with a CD. It goes on to say:

    Fergie was a member of the Pre-War Club, having served in the RCAF since 1930 as a flying instructor and during WWII as Lancaster Bomber Pilot with 419 Moose Squadron
    Backtracking a bit, the Montreal Gazette for 16 October 1940 has him as a Flying Officer "slightly injured in flying accident".

    As he's been deceased over 20 years his service file will be open.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave. Can you tell me what “CD” means?

    Jim

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadi...%27_Decoration

    Referred by many service personnel, even today, as the "keeping your nose clean for 12 years" medal.

    Regards,

    Dave

    edited to add:

    https://www.friends-amis.org/index.p...p-command/file

    pg 5 of 19 has W/C M. Ferguson as OC of No. 419 Squadron from 26 January 1945 to 6 August 1945.

    Ignore the part that says "No. 415 Squadron" as it's an obvious typo. No. 415's OCs are shown on page 4.
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    Thanks for that Dave. I was aware (approximately) when he assumed command, but I was interested in when he was posted to the squadron. Did Hagerman leave one day and Ferguson arrive the next? Or was he on the station for a time. He must have had some operational service on one squadron or another as he had ops in prior to Dresden, and they weren’t with 419.

    Jim

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    S/Ldr Ferguson was poster to 428 Sq on Nov 18,1944. He did a second dickie op with S/Ldr Lamont on Nov 21/22,1944 and his first on his own to Hagen on Dec 2/3,1944.

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    Thanks so much Richard! That is useful, I will check out the 428 ORB. Do your know if this was his first tour? I suspect it was.

    Jim
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    Thanks again, Richard: I see the 428 ORB entry now for the day, November 18, 1944. "S/L Ferguson and crew reported in for operational training. They are posted to 64 Base and only on attachment to the Squadron.” The 64 Base ORB for November records C.1579 S/L M.E. Ferguson, Pilot; J.16259 F/O J.R. Price, Navigator; J.36870 F/O D.C. Hall, Bomb Aimer; and C.18841 F/O W.N. Joy, F/Eng in the “Postings in” section, with no exact dates as to arrival. These other individuals were part of the regular crew. Presumably the W/Op and gunners came from some other unit(s).

    My research indicates that Ferguson completed 7 ops with 428 through December 21, 1944 and another 13 operations with 419 Squadron (February 13-April 25, 1945).

    Jim

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    Jim,

    Don't know if this helps or not.

    Hugh's entry for John Reginald Price's DFC has him "attached to No.428 Squadron, 18 November to 30 December 1944. To No.419 Squadron, 30 December 1944."

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks again, Dave. I think I'm about set now. I'm interested in these operations as they provide some context to some of my father's comments in his audio memoirs about W/C Ferguson. This is his combat history as near as I can determine:

    428 Squadron

    1 Castrop-Rauxel, November 21, 1944. 2nd dickie with S/L Lamont; 2 Hagen, December 2-3, 1944; 3 Karlsruhe, December 4, 1944; 4 Soest, December 5, 1944; 5 Osnabruck, December 6, 1944; December 15, 1944—the term “failed to take off” was crossed out? Not an op in any event; 6 Duisberg, December 18, 1944; 7 Cologne December 21, 1944;

    419 Squadron

    8 Dresden February 13, 1945; 9 Dortmund, February 20, 1945; 10 Duisburg, February 21, 1945; 11 Pforzheim, February 23, 1945; 12 Mainz, February 27, 1945; 13 Dortmund, March 12, 1945; 14 Heide refinery, March 21, 1945; 15 Hildesheim, March 22, 1945; 16 Hannover, March 25, 1945; 17 Hamburg April 8, 1945; 18 Kiel, April 13, 1945; 19 Bremen, April 22, 1945; 20 Wangerooge, April 25, 1945.

    Jim

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