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    Default W/C Bruce Corbould

    Does any one have history re the above? He flew Halifaxes out of the Outer Hebrides circa 1944.

    Some of his flying textbooks have come to light so curious to learn more.

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    Simon:

    Checked and yes that's him. Thanks for the links.

    Is it me or does the CWGC site no longer show details beyond the page you linked me to?

    Robert

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    CORBOULD, F/L Kenneth Bruce (39211) - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette 4 November 1941 - No.203 Squadron. Born in New Westminster, 18 March 1913; educated there; home there. RAF Short Service Commission, 19 October 1936 and posted to RAF Depot, Uxbridge. To No.9 Flying Training School, Thornaby, 31 October 1936. Posted to Iraq in February 1939, then to Aden and Middle East. Carried out 115 sorties (524 hours) in Aden, Ethiopia, Crete. Appears to have been attached to the RCAF in Canada for a time, as AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943 reports him being promoted to Squadron Leader, effective 1 April 1943. Ferried a Dakota to England between 1 April and 9 April 1944 (Ferry Command crew cards). Subsequently promoted to Wing Commander; assumed command of No.502 Squadron in October 1944. Killed in action 26 November 1944 (Halifax II, serial JP319, No.502 Squadron, code letter "J"). As a Wing Commander and Commanding Officer of the squadron, he had taken off from RAF Station Stornoway on an anti-shipping patrol in the Skagerrak. The aircraft was captained by 135500 F/L J.H. Burrough (RAF) and included an RCAF Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, R178763 WO2 F.S. Leech plus a Newfoundland member of the RAF, 798756 Flight Sergeant R. Tibbo. The Halifax carried six 500-pound Mark II anti-shipping bombs.. It was airborne at 1414 hours; a call-sign signal was received at 1900 hours, after which nothing was ever heard of the aircraft. Corbould's next-of-kin at the time was his father, Lieutenant-Colonel G.B. Corbould, living in New Westminster. Ultimately, one crewman's body was found - that of P/O G. Booth (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RAF) who was buried at Tonsberg, Norway. AFRO 1340/41 dated 14 November 1941 (announcing DFC) and AFRO 48/45 dated 12 January 1945 (reporting him missing) described him as a Canadian in the Royal Air Force with the rank of Wing Commander. Air Ministry Bulletin 5486 refers. No citation published other than "for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations". Public Record Office Air 2/8907 has the following text:

    During the three years this officer has been with his squadron, he has carried out 115 operations (involving 524 flying hours) in Aden, Abyssinia, Crete, Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Flight Lieutenant Corbould has consistently shown courage and devotion to duty and, by his exceptional powers of leadership, has inspired the other members of his flight.

    CORBOULD, F/L Kenneth Bruce (39211) - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette 1 January 1942.

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    Many thanks, Hugh.

    Will pass on to the person holding Corbould's materials.

    Robert

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    Hi Hugh:

    Squinting at the ORB on TNA site, it shows up as code letter 'D' rather than 'J'.

    Robert

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    I do not know where I got "J" but https://www.airmen.dk/stornJP319.htm agrees with you as per "D". I shall amend the record.

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    Hello,

    A snippet from Corbould's earlier career:

    Saturday, 8 August 1940

    Blenheim IVFs of 203 Squadron were despatched to patrol over Berbera instead of the Gladiators, and during the middle part of the day F/O Corbould engaged three S 79s which were bombing the port and attacked one, damaging it and killing one of the crew. This aircraft was subsequently reported by the British to have crashed alter, but in fact returned to its base.

    See:
    Dust Clouds In The Middle East - The Air War for East Africa, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Madagascar, 1940-42.
    Shores,Chrisropher
    London:Grub Street,1996,
    p.46.

    8 August 1940
    No.203 Sqn
    Blenheim IVF L9458

    39211 P/O (Pilot) Kenneth Bruce COURBOLD RAF
    40178 F/O (Pilot) Frank MacDonald HUNTER RAF (+ 203 Sqn, 26/8/1940)
    ?????? LAC (Air Gnr.) MACDONALD RAF

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 15th October 2019 at 08:20.

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    Thanks, Col. Will pass it on.

    Robert

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