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    Hello Zoran,
    Thank you for the Boston details.
    I had doubt about Z2288.

    I took the info from "85 years of SAAF".

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    Z2288 - 24 - Damaged by flak LG101, 27.9.42. Soc on return.
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    Z2288 - 27.9.42 - Lt. G. Cohen(k), Lt. J. H. Arangies(s) pow, F/Sgt. J. C. Van Eck ( K), A/Sgt. I. Kreel(s) pow,

    While -
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    AL785 - 24 - Engine caught fire, crashed 27.9.42.
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    AL785 - 24 - 27.9.42 - Capt. S.K.Blake (s) ( sole occupant).

    With regard to Z2279,
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    Z2279 - 24 - Damaged by flak, belly landed in desert 16.12.42.
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    Z2279 - 24 - 28.9.42 - missing presumed shot down by flak.
    This at odds with earlier entry ???
    No crew names with either entery. :(

    I have not looked at 24 Saaf ORB but will in the new year.
    Can you confirm that the details you give in post 10 are indeed taken from the 24 Sqn ORB, which is how I understand your reply :)

    Alex
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    This is the rare example of serial listed in No. 24 Sqn's orb


    The list of planes 27.9.42


    One US B-25, 12 BG, and one Boston lost on 1.9.42.

    Btw, no serial, code, or name is mentioned in orb for another one I said that seems to be 'P' flown by Spencer.

    Zoran

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    Thanks Zoran,
    Most of the ORB pages I have seen for 24 SAAF have been hand written and hard to read. I will look for the typed pages .

    Odd though that "85 years" has only one , Blake on board ??

    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    Thanks Zoran,
    Most of the ORB pages I have seen for 24 SAAF have been hand written and hard to read. I will look for the typed pages .

    Odd though that "85 years" has only one , Blake on board ??

    Alex
    Re: Capt. S K Blake SAAF:

    (27.9.42) Meanwhile back at base on a training night flight on circuits and bumps, Captain S. K. "Cloudy" Blake's Boston caught fire in the port engine immediately after take off. Fortunately he was alone in the aircraft. Captain Blake was at too low an altitude to bale out so he did a quick circuit to attempt a landing back on the flarepath. Turning on to final approach, having already jettisoned his hood for a rapid escape, the port wing burnt off so he stuck his back into the slipstream and pulled the ripcord in a desperate attempt to save his life. Needless to say that his parachute had barely opened when he hit the ground hard. He almost fell into the fiery crash. A very dazed Captain Blake met Freddie Spencer* and ground party who had dashed over to the crash."Good Heavens, Cloudy," said Fred, "are you all right" "I-I think so," came the dazed reply, "but hell, I have lost an epaulette."

    *203160V Major (Pilot) Fred Warneford SPENCER MID SAAF, + 1-3-1943, No.72 OTU Baltimore III AG945.

    See:
    Per Noctem Per Diem The Story of 24 Squadron South African Air Force.
    Tucker, E. N. & P. M. J. McGregor.
    Cape Town:24 Sqn., Album Committee,1961.
    p.59.

    Col.
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    Hello Col,
    Thank you for the details on Blake's crash. In your opinion does this confirm or otherwise that it was Blake in AG785 ?
    Alex

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    Alex,

    I've got no idea which Baltimore Blake was flying. The 24 SAAF history is totally bereft of any aircraft serials.

    HNY,

    Col.
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