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    Default 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Hi All
    I was surfing the 'net and found a wiki entry to swordfish being with 32 otu, who were stationed at pat bay

    I can find nothing else, so knowing wiki is not always accurate thought i would ask here if anyone knew some serials etc

    cheers
    jerry

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    Default Re: 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Hi Jerry:

    Don't recall Swordfish with 32 OTU and none were lost in fatal accidents at Pat Bay... or within BC for that matter. Will check with staff at the BC Aviation Museum (at Pat Bay).

    Robert

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    Default Re: 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Hi
    ldeal

    as at the bottom of this page

    https://bcam.net/wp-content/uploads/.../Dobie-ASD.pdf


    Extract from “Wings for Victory” :-
    No. 32 OTU was based at Patricia Bay, on Vancouver Island. A torpedo- bombing unit, it trained crews for 415 Squadron RCAF (which later became a heavy bomber unit), 144 Squadron RAF, and 455 Squadron RAAF. It operated a range of aircraft - Beauforts, Hampdens, Swordfish, and Ansons - and had a brief and largely uneventful history as an operational squadron at the time of Pearl Harbor

    cheers
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    Default Re: 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Hi Jerry:

    I didn't know that! Will let you know if I find out more per your initial post.

    BTW, you posted a link to one of the some 170 profiles built for each of the WWII Pat Bay airmen who were lost. They are now also commemorated in the former grounds of the station hospital within the perimeter of the Victoria International Airport.

    Robert

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    Default Re: 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Hi,
    These links to 32OTU and Patricia Bay ORB's may be of use:
    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...3/1446?r=0&s=3
    starts at image1446. Continues on the next reel.
    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...2364/1?r=0&s=1
    Starts at Image 8
    Patricia Bay OTB
    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...195/56?r=0&s=1

    Alan.

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    Default Re: 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Thanks, Alan.

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    Default Re: 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Alan and Jerry:

    This reply from the BCAM:

    "I went through the 32 OTU ORBs from its time in Pat Bay - Sept. '41 to May '44. 32 OTU started with Beauforts and Ansons. Hampdens, Oxfords and Lysanders came later.

    There was no mention of Swordfish during that period. The Daily Diaries for the OTU were very detailed with monthly stats for aircraft availability, serviceability, flying times
    etc. for each type. I've been through most, if not all of the diaries for the other squadrons, units, stations at Pat Bay during the war and do not recall seeing anything about
    Swordfish. Elwood White's book "Wings Across the Water" does not show anything about the Swordfish either.

    The excerpt from "Wings for Victory" mentions Swordfish but not Oxfords so I imagine that's where the error might be."


    An additional thought: There were Blackburn Sharks at Pat Bay on both wheels and floats and perhaps that's the source of the confusion.

    Robert

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    Default Re: 32otu patricia bay canada with swordfish aircraft ?

    Hi
    Well many thanks for the info, seems some sort of mixup then with the quote of the swordfish being there.

    maybe it was some sort of confusion between swordfish & sharks

    cheers
    jerry

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