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    Hello,
    Remembering the loss of Stranraer I - K7294 of 209 Sqn off Falmouth ( 11 m North ) on 3rd November 1939.
    The a/c took off for a local flying training sortie but hit a swell, bounced , stalled and hit the water.
    Wreckage was later salvaged along with the bodies of two crewmen, Lac. BOWMAN, George William - 520242 - Harrow ( Eastcote Lane ) Cemetery, Middlesex, and AC1c. COLBRIDGE, Stephen Colin - 570418 - Great Burstead ( St. Mary Magdalene ) Churchyard, Essex.
    The other crewmen -
    Lac. PETERSON, George - 520852 was injured, later killed on the 20/01/1940 in Lerwick I - L7253, remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Also crew - both were injured.
    Cpl.JAY, J. W. - 347747, ( DETAILS PLEASE ).
    And
    Sgt. ARNOLD, Harold - 563890, ( DETAILS PLEASE ).

    SGT. ARNOLD may be one of these two airmen mentioned in the Lists for June 1940.

    https://digital.nls.uk/british-milit...chive/96070598
    ARNOLD, H. F/O. 72600
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    ARNOLD, H. F/O. 70025.

    Anything known on the rescue of the three survivors is most welcome.

    Thanks
    Alex
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    Alex,

    347747 Corporal John William Jay.
    563890 Sgt. Henry Arnold. Commissioned 1943.

    Note also 520242 LAC William George Bowman. It appears the CWGC has made an error with his Christian names. Both the AIR 81 file and his AIR 78 enlisted personnel card record his name as above. Furthermore in the early postwar years the Air Ministry Casualty Branch pointed out to the IWGC at least twice the correct order of his initials but it seems the latter did not act on this information.

    Concerning the rescue of the survivors there is little except what was in the statement from Sgt. Arnold about the crash. He states he and LAC Peterson were rescued by an Admiralty pilot boat while Corporal Jay was picked up "by another craft".

    Sources for the above; the AIR 81/1624 casualty file, the F.1180 for this accident, the 209 Squadron ORB (F.540 only), F.78 enlisted personnel cards and the London Gazette.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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    Thank you Martin for your helpful reply.
    Re: BOWMAN,I also checked Ross's RAF Coastal Command losses book, which also as CWGC has christian names as "G..W"."George William".
    So would have thought that Ross would have also checked which was correct ?
    Is anything known of further service of Arnold and Jay ?

    Alex

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    Alex,

    A bit unfair to Ross insofar as the AIR 78 cards and the AIR 81 P4 casualty files only became accessible to the public years after he had published his book. Back then I would have taken the CWGC as the most reliable source for a name.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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    Thank you Martin, I agree with what you say re Ross and the availability of the AIR 78 docs.
    Alex

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