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    Default Re: Briggs before Bismarck?

    Simon,

    Hendrie's book definitely quotes 4 March, 1942, and FP172. Here is what John Rawlings' Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons has to say (p.131):

    No.202 Squadron.

    Consolidated Catalina IB (Sep 1942 - Sep 1944)

    FP111, B; FP122, C; FP172, D; FP181, A; FP213,V; FP237, O; FP272, D.

    I place no faith in Rawlings' serials. At times he quotes non-existent serials, in other cases he mentions serials that never served on that particular squadron.

    Col.
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    Default Re: Briggs before Bismarck?

    Thanks for checking Col, much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Briggs before Bismarck?

    "One other thing, if Briggs and been killed, or seriously injured in this crash, would have Bismarck not have been sighted by Briggs and escaped. "

    Briggs was pilot in command but it was the co-pilot that took over flying when the sighting was made - Ensign L B Smith USN one of the nine USN pilots working up RAF/RCAF crews on Catalinas.

    AH545 had been tasked by Coastal Command to a search area and Smith was at the controls so in answer to your what if - probably the same result.

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    Default Re: Briggs before Bismarck?

    fair comment Ross. Briggs postings in 1940 remains my quest. Thanks again everyone

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    Default Re: Briggs before Bismarck?

    Hello,

    Here is one other incident in which Denis Briggs was involved:

    7/1/1941
    No.209 Sqn
    Lerwick I L7262

    Wing dropped on take-off, bounced and sank, Stranraer.

    37733 F/Lt Denis Frank SPOTSWOOD RAF (later A/W/C, DSO, DFC [WW2]) - Safe
    580000 Sgt Denis Alfred BRIGGS RAF (later A/S/L, DFC*) - Safe
    63795 P/O George Bernard WINDELER RAFVR - Safe
    530401 Sgt William George EVANS RAF +
    649212 AC1 Thomas MIDDLEBROOK RAF +

    See also: CCL1/McNeill/Midland Pubs.,2003/p.89.

    Col.
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    Default Re: Briggs before Bismarck?

    Now think Briggs was at Helensburgh awaiting his posting to a squadron. Maybe he was hitching a lift in the Catalina to join it

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