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    Default 1037628/121326 Geoffrey MORRELL, Coastal Command

    Hello everyonen

    I came across an article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle from October 16th 1970 about senior BOAC training captain Geoffrey Morrell, and about his career in the RAF and as his time piloting the Queen around the Middle and Far East, for which he received an MVO. The article also includes the following snippet:

    Captain Morrell, now 47 [sic - b. 1921], was commissioned in Coastal Command in 1941 and was a Flight Lieutenant when the war ended. He has a submarine "kill" to his credit.

    He appears in several articles in the local papers - another article in January 1972 reports him training BOAC pilots on the 747, and once again mentions his sub kill.

    His commission was in the London Gazette in November 1941, but I wonder if anyone can help me track down his submarine "kill"...?

    Many thanks

    Simon
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    Default Re: 1037628/121326 Geoffrey MORRELL, Coastal Command

    Simon,

    This is the closest I get to a "G. Morrell", for a U-boat kill:

    https://www.number59squadron.com/mem...w_camacho.html

    https://www.number59squadron.com/uboats/u292.html

    See also:
    Search, Find and Kill.
    Franks,Norman.
    London:Grub Street,1995.
    p.37.

    Col.

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    Default Re: 1037628/121326 Geoffrey MORRELL, Coastal Command

    Thanks Col, much appreciated.

    Not sure it's him, however. A quick perusal of the ORB has him recorded as both "J R Morill" and "J R Morrell", but I'm pretty sure he's not got a middle name. I've found him being posted in to 59 Sqn with Camacho in 1943 as Morrell, but the ORB doesn't record a Service Number, unfortunately.

    He's recorded as Morrill and "Tour expired" in the April 1945 ORB, but again no Service Number.

    There's a grainy photo in one of the Newcastle Journal articles, and I'm pretty sure it's not the same chap in the first link above. Facial recognition is not one of my strong points!

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - it's definitely not him. J. R. Morrill is mentioned in the ORB in May 1944, promoted to the rank of Temporary Flight Lieut, and it records his Service Number as Can J.6392.

    A quick Google brought up this post on here from our own Hugh Halliday:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...8873#post48873

    "The U-Boat was U-292 which had no sinkings to its credit and was lost with all hands. Camacho’s crew consisted of J6392 F/L J.R. Morrill (co-pilot), NZ421915 F/O R.S. Shewry (navigator), Aus 418108 Flight Sergeant R.D. Hall (co-navigator, Nfld 798694 Flight Sergeant L.E. Proudfoot (1st WOAG), R115281 Warrant Officer W. Wilkinson (2nd WOAG), Aus 422238 Flight Sergeant L. McCleary (3rd WOAG), 577947 Sergeant W. Derbyshire (WOM Air), 1579452 Sergeant L.M. Waltham (flight engineer)."


    Back to the drawing board... :-)
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 24th June 2020 at 10:59. Reason: added extra info
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