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    Default Gentry's brave flight across Atlantic-details requested

    Ferry pilot Capt. Dana helped pioneer ferry flights across the Atlantic in 1940. In 1942 he made headlines again by flying a Catalina to Britain and immediately volunteering to flying urgent dispatches to Canada by Catalina from a Scottish location. This was done in bad weather and when most people were enjoying Christmas dinner.' Does anyone know details of these two flights in a Catalina, serial numbers and from where he took off from in Scotland?

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    Place a query to the DHH in Canada for the details, they should be able to tell you the details from their records.

    https://www.canada.ca/en/department-...questions.html

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    Hi Robin:

    From Peter Berry's records from files held at TNA I have W8430 flying Bermuda-Greenock on December 21, 1941, and then Greenock-Dartmouth & Halifax over December 25/26.

    Worth noting that the Catalina is noisy and very heavy on the controls so dealing with icing and low ceilings makes this west-bound journey quite the endurance achievement.

    The British Air Commission and Lend-Lease confirms W8430 was assigned to 45 Group.

    According to Air Arsenal North America, W8430 was one of nine Catalina Is supplied by the RAF to the RCAF, it later being returned to the RAF.

    And per Bill Walker's RCAF serials site:

    13 June 1941 - Taken on strength by Eastern Air Command at Dartmouth

    Loaned from RAF stock in the US or Bermuda, waiting for ferry flight to the UK in summer of 1941. First used by No. 5 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS, in summer of 1941. Later passed to No. 116 (BR) Squadron, same base. Eventually returned to the RAF, in exchange for Catalina DP202.

    last date: 27 November 1941 - Returned to British Air Ministry

    Logbook references for W8430 operating out of Bermuda, including its write-off, start here:

    http://jollygreenp.co.uk/jonzpage2/dad/flog3.html

    Then click on 'Next'.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 9th March 2020 at 22:07. Reason: Other refs added

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    thank you everyone. feedback most impressive. My interest in Gentry is that he was at RAF Helensburgh for a while after delivering Coronado jx470

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    Robin:

    In case you don't have the info, Coronado JX470 was ferried Reykjavik-Largs on April 24, 1943, the first of its type to make the crossing.

    Robert

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    cheers. Capt Gentry spent the week 'local flying' teaching pilots how to fly the Coronado, i.e. May 10 and May 11,1943

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