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    Default Re: Tracing Capt Gerry Durrand, Atlantic Ferry pilot

    Thanks for the heads-up, Martin. Must have been quite the challenge picking an open landing spot as the landing ground filled with gliders.

    A couple of observations on the documenary:

    Neither the RAFCC record card for Hadrian captain Seys nor for Dakota captain Longhurst refers to a combination proving flight to Maine. However, their previous individual flights were to Houlton, Maine, in Ventura AJ229 and Dakota FD797 respectively, and I suspect that this is the root of the confusion - it's easy to cross wires navigating the 'date in' and 'data out' entries on the cards. Hadrian co-pilot Gobeil made no reference to Maine in his detailed account of the operation in the CAHS Journal.

    A small point: a photo of an amphibious PBY-5A, FP529, is used to illustrate the type's participation in the operation. The actual Catalina, FP159, was a PBY-5B flying boat and, as detailed in post #37, had to alight somewhere other than the on-land bases used by the Hadrian/Dakota combination.

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    Last edited by robstitt; 3rd December 2020 at 19:15. Reason: Typo - corrected Ventura serial

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    Default Re: Tracing Capt Gerry Durrand, Atlantic Ferry pilot

    Hi Robin and Paul:

    Here's one more detail, courtesy of Ferry Command researcher Diana Trafford. The second pilot for the delivery of Canso FP159 was William Roy "Paddy" Baird. I have a copy of his Ferry Command assignment cards for anyone interested.

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    Paul just revisited this subject, been researching Robert Kronfeld for an article. I would like to see Baird's assigment card re FP159. robin bird

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    Default Re: Tracing Capt Gerry Durrand, Atlantic Ferry pilot

    Robin:

    Assignment cards for William Roy 'Paddy' Baird, co-pilot for delivery of Canso FP159, just emailed.

    Robert

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    Robert email not received this end
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    Default Re: Tracing Capt Gerry Durrand, Atlantic Ferry pilot

    My apologies for jumping on the back of this thread, but can anyone please give my some advice on how to access the Ferry Command records under discussion here? I am particularly interested in any details concerning Pilot Officer (later Sqn Ldr) Douglas James Park DFM (54340) RAF - ex 35 / 102 / 156 Sqns. After finishing ops in late 1943, this Flt Engr is reported to have operated with Ferry Command for the remainder of the war.

    Many thanks

    Jonny

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    Default Re: Tracing Capt Gerry Durrand, Atlantic Ferry pilot

    Jonny,

    You would contact the Directorate of History and Heritage in Ottawa and request the RAF Ferry Command aircrew assignment card(s) for your man. They will email you a PDF of the cards.

    Email address for initial request is: ahr-rha@forces.gc.ca

    The collection is not complete but a recent project of mine suggests that the substantial majority of the cards are there.

    Good luck!

    Robert
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    Default Re: Tracing Capt Gerry Durrand, Atlantic Ferry pilot

    Thanks Robert. I'll give it a go.

    Have a super Xmas!

    Jonny

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