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    Default Sunderland T9110 28th July 1942 10 RAAF Help with ID of a passenger

    This aircraft had quite an exciting patrol involving an attack on two armed trawlers then a dogfight with an ME109, that they shot down.

    I have easily identified all the crew but there was one passenger who I am stumped at trying to identify.

    His name appears to be Commander Corney-Drau or Corney-Brau

    The relevant page from the ORB can be found here

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8408032 on Page 18 of 23 at the bottom

    or here

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...8578&T=P&S=827

    Page 827 of 1434

    Any help in identifying this mystery passenger would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Chris

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    Interesting

    Have you tried
    "Maritime is Number Ten"

    I wonder if the mystery Commander was a Spook (MI5.MI6 etc)

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    Hi Chris,

    According to ‘ Maritime is Number Ten by F/L K C Baff . Commander Corney-Brau was on that flight. Maybe he was hitching a flight. They landed back at Mt Batten.

    Cheers,

    John.
    Last edited by John Williams; 4th February 2020 at 09:35.

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    Thanks I wonder if he just took what was in the ORB - Certainly cannot find any name matching that anywhere

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    John and Paul,
    Thanks very much. I am assuming the name is mis-recorded in the ORB as I cannot find a record of that surname anywhere ever. Gurney Braithwaite is a contender. He was a RNVR Lt-Commander at the time with a responsibility for convoys in the Channel so maybe a fact finding flight to see for himself what the threats were at that time. Maybe we'll never know.
    Thanks again
    Chris
    P.S. 'Maritime is No. 10' is yet another on the long list of books I still have to get.

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    i've been through the navy list for June 1942 just now,

    J G Braithwaite is a temp Lt-Cmdr at that time, and based at HMS Leigh, which was it seems Southend Pier!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southend_Pier

    No sign of anyone that might match Corney-Drau/brau on the Navy lists for that month, I'd suspect maybe a French or other Allied officer.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Cozzy711,

    I found the book in a trip to Tasmania years ago, I think it was well out of print by then, that would have been 20 years ago but itís a great book if you can get one.

    John.

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    John

    Hang on to that book. Cheapest one currently for sale on Amazon is £186 plus postage!

    Chris

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