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    Default Survived 75 hours in the North Sea

    I am researching Robert Blincoe Pilot Officer Navigator 1036686/171928 whose logbook and a newspaper cutting refer to his ditching in the Bay of Biscay and surviving 75 hours in a dingy before being rescued by a Polish Cruiser. The logbook mentions flew several missions with 57 Sqd then one entry for 10 OTU attachment anti-submarine operations, Bay of Biscay when ditched The newspaper article (Rochdale Observer of November 18th 1942) tells of engine failure and two crew drowning and being picked up by a Polish Destroyer. The logbook details Aircraft he flew as ;
    R5757 W4258
    R5855
    R4271
    R 5547
    4944
    779
    544
    736
    618
    532

    Any help appreciated

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    Default Re: Survived 75 hours in the North Sea

    Do you have the date of the ditching and any other crew details?

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    Default Re: Survived 75 hours in the North Sea

    Daz,

    Likely 30 October 1942. Whitley V BD293. Ditched 1456 in the Atlantic from where the three survivors were rescued three days later.

    Crew list on pg 171 of Chorley's OTU. Blincoe not shown but does appear on the Form 765 as 1036686 Sgt RA Blincoe, injured.

    Another 10 OTU Whitley lost the next day. Z6879. Ditched at 1415 following engine failure and inability to maintain height. After 31 hrs adrift, crew picked up by RN destroyer. Only two crew shown.

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    Dave
    Last edited by alieneyes; 19th May 2020 at 17:37. Reason: Z6879

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    Dave,
    That's fantastic. Thanks so much for the detail It fits very well with the Newspaper article dates and references to last few weeks since the incident.
    I would really like to pay tribute to two men who apparently drowned from this crew and any information about the other survivors greatly appreciated.
    Remembering two men killed in this incident

    1. Sergeant Alfred John Norman EDWARDS (1332823) Whitley V BD293 IBCC [RAF] 1942-10-30 10 OTU United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial [Ref : Panel 82.]
    2. Flight Sergeant Rene Joseph Ludger FOURNIER (R/86362) Whitley V BD293 IBCC


    Regards Roger

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    Default Re: Survived 75 hours in the North Sea

    Roger, Hi,

    Q2 1920 Alfred Edwards m Lily Pryor Reg Romford 4a 1218.
    Alfred John Norman EDWARDS
    b.Q1 1921 (MMS Prior) Reg Romford 4a 991.
    Mid-Nov 1940 Enlisted 1332823 in Block 1330001-1340000 RAFVR Issued Uxbridge 01-Nov-40 to 03-Dec-40. TNA AIR 78/50/4 Image 175 R3C2.
    d. 30 Oct 1942.

    Note: The MMS is given in the Marriage Reg as Pryor, but in the Birth Reg as Prior.

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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