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    Default Crew of Sunderland W6002 AX-R 202 Squadron 14th September 1942

    I am trying to identify the crew of the above aircraft. On this day flying out of Gibraltar they attacked and sank the Italian Submarine Alabastro.
    The captain, F/O Ernest Paul WALSHE 400361 RAAF was awarded the DFC for this attack

    The Squadron ORB Record of Event only shows
    F/O Walshe
    P/O McLeod
    and the Summary of Events does not expand on this
    The squadron Appendices https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C2503826 has on Page 254 a hand written completed form A.U.B. detailing the attack. The crew appear to be written as

    F/O Walshe, P/O Walker, P/O McLeod, Sgt Loveless, Sgt Jordan, Sgt Byres or Bynes (difficult to make out), Sgt Fishwick, Sgt Hervey, Sgt Wright.

    At this stage of 1942 the ORB only contained details in the record of events with two persons details. 1. The Captain 2. Either the 2nd Pilot or the Navigator, I'm not sure which.
    In November 1942 they started recording ranks and surnames of all crew members, and in December initials as well. Service numbers are not recorded.

    By searching forwards over the next couple of months I have the following, (not including the captain)

    P/O W M Walker (ID William Maxwell WALKER 80365 RAF(VR))
    P/O D C McLeod
    Sgt W Loveless (ID Walter LOVELESS 983691 RAF(VR))
    Sgt E J Jordan (could be any one of about five if RAF)
    Sgt Byres or Bynes (Does not appear in the ORB again)
    Sgt A Fishwick (could be one of two if RAF)
    Sgt A G Hervey (almost certainly ID as Anthony Gerald HERVEY 915545 RAF(VR))
    Sgt P W Wright (could be one of about five)

    P/O D C McLeod, I thought would be easy to identify. The ORB shows he was promoted to F/O sometime between 23rd January 1943 when he went to the UK in a Catalina for a major service and 19th February when he returned to Gibraltar.
    Air Force List for 1942-1944 shows no trace of any D C McLeod I also checked MacLeod, so probably not RAF
    No trace of any DC McLeod or MacLeod being promoted in Canada Gazette between January-February 1943. There is one in the Paradie RCAF database, but he got commissioned too late to be this one
    No suitable candidates in the RAAF according to the WW2 nominal roll. None of them fit the bill. There were two but one got commissioned too late the other was an LAC.
    It's a real conundrum

    If anyone can assist with identifying any of the above I would be very much obliged

    Thanks

    Chris

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    Chris. Could this one fit the bill. DC McLeod Pilot , RCAF J-14337 promoted F/O March 1943.
    Richard

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    Richard thank you for your suggestion

    I did look at him before as he was mentioned here

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...1045#post51045

    and thought he looked promising but. According to Canada Gazette his commission was announced 28th November 1942 w.e.f. 25th September 1942.

    My McLeod was already a Pilot Officer by 17th July 1942 when he arrived on 202 Squadron, with F/O Walshe. They both arrived on the same day delivering Sunderland W6002. I did check to see if that aircraft had been posted to another squadron previously, but it was brand new. I suspect they both came from 4(C)OTU. Last time I checked the 4(C)OTU records they didn't contain any detail of student crews, but I will have to re-look at this when TNA eventually re-opens.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Crew of Sunderland W6002 AX-R 202 Squadron 14th September 1942

    I have made some progress on trying to identify the elusive P/O McLeod

    A flurry of Canadian Newspapers reports on or about 30th March 1943 report a P/O D. Garth McLeod, Sunderland Navigator, of Hazlet, Saskatchewan recounting the tale of the U-boat attack. I have no doubt this is the same incident and officer.
    Further newspaper searches show a D. Garth McLeod of Cabri, Saskatchewan aged 27 years enlisting in the RCAF as reported on the 13th May 1941, and another account of a big leaving party in Cabri for him and another two recruits on the 21st May 1941.
    Ancestry identified a Darcy Garth McLeod b. 03/12/1913 d. 2000 in Saskatchewan.

    I cannot however find reference to him at all in the Canada Gazette. If anyone could assist with a service number I'd be hugely grateful.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Crew of Sunderland W6002 AX-R 202 Squadron 14th September 1942

    Chris. Here you go D'Arcy Garth McLeod R-102098/J-10321

    Regards, Richard

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    Default Re: Crew of Sunderland W6002 AX-R 202 Squadron 14th September 1942

    Awesome Richard thanks

    I've been trying to find him for years

    Chris

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