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    Hello,
    Anson I, serial L7960.
    5 AOS.
    2nd October 1942.
    Pilot: Sgt. J. M. BISHOP.
    Crew all rescued by fishing boat.
    Who were the other members of this crew ?
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    Pilot was J. M. Bishop RAAF
    I believe him to be John Miller BISHOP, .407072 RAAF.

    BISHOP John Miller - (Flight Sergeant); Service Number - 407072; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Spitfire EN230; Place - off Dungeness, United Kingdom; Date - 1 September 1943

    Earlier ditching in 5 AOS Anson I L7960 Crew were ?
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    Hi Alex,

    I had a look at Bishopís service file which is on line at our Archives, the only reference is he was diagnosed with shock on 1 September 1943 and had a few days in hospital which I assume was the result of the prang in his Spitfire. I only had a quick look at his file but didnít see anything on a ditching of an Anson.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hello,

    If there is no sickness, injury, death or hospitalisation, you will not find mention of accidents etc in a RAAF airman's personal file.

    Re: Bishop's stint at No.5 Air Observers School, Jurby, Isle of Man:

    No.5 AOS - Jurby, Isle of Man.
    Period: 10/08/1941 - 20/03/1943
    Aircraft...............1st Pilot.........2nd Pilot
    Blenheim............380 hours......25 hours
    Anson/Henley......450 hours.
    A9300 - Form P/P 150 - p.52 of 57.

    In one assessment of Bishop, it was stated, "that he was not cut out to be a fighter pilot." A9300 -p.51 of 57.

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=5380715

    From Peter Hall's history of No.91 Sqn RAF:

    September (1943), was to be an outstanding month in the history of the squadron, and began with the unexpected move of the Tangmere Wing to Lympne for anti-shipping patrols - these lasted from the 1st to the 4th inclusive.
    The week did not begin well, however, for Wt Off J M Bishop, flying Spitfire EN230, was forced to ditch in the sea off Dover with engine trouble on the very first day of operations. He was rescued from the sea by the Royal Navy, suffering from shock and bruises, but otherwise uninjured. He was extremely lucky to have survived this harrowing episode, being the first pilot to have successfully ditched a F.XII. Bishop had only managed to free himself from the wreckage of EN230 after it had already sunk 30 ft below the surface of the water.

    See:
    No.91 'Nigeria' Squadron - Osprey Aviation Elite No.3 .
    Hall,Peter.
    Botley:Osprey Publishing,2001.
    p.82.

    Col
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    Thank you Col,
    I do think that is the man, as there does not seem to be another J.M. Bishop RAAF apart from an Australian, J.M.Bishop, WAAAF. Unless my search was incomplete.
    See -
    Cummings's "Clipped Wings" vol 1, page 621.
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    Alex,

    Speaking of the WAAAF's, John Bishop's wife, was a serving WAAAF, 91809 Cpl Marie Louise BISHOP WAAAF - https://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/vet...934400&c=WW2#R

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    Default Re: Anson I, L7960

    Thanks but the WAAAF that I referee to was not the wife but another WAAAF.

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    Hello,

    Nobody said she was!

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    Anson L7960 5AOS - October 2nd, 1942 crew names still as yet remain unknown ?

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    Hi Alex,

    I have checked Isle of Man Police reports for this incident and they list the crew of L7960 as, F/Sgt. Bishop, Sgt. Easton, LAC Moyer and LAC Teece. Sorry no christian names or service numbers.

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