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    Default 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    I've never delved into researching RCAF squadron's in the Italian campaign of 1944, I am told this is 13 (RCAF) ? I am struggling to find the ORB to download on the National Archives London website and cant find it on Canadian Archives - I'm not conversant with their system so that will be my fault without doubt. Will there be a copy in London so I can download a couple of months of F541 to follow the activities of a crew ?
    Your advice is appreciated
    PeteS
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    Default Re: 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    Or is it 13 Sqdn RAF ?

    I just noted that on the forum search for FW535 the Observer doesnt seem to be listed

    Young Hedley DeLaBroquerie P/O Nav C86518

    I'm going to download 13 Sqn RAF because I've found that on TNA London.

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    Default Re: 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    Previous Thread
    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/18978.php


    No mention of RCAF in there. But it did help identify the Nav - which I used to fix the DB entry.


    Serials DB
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=FW535
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    Default Re: 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    I did up this little guide to using the fresh watermarked viewer, before they were free of course.

    Most RCAF unit overseas were in the 400+ squadron numbers. Lower numbers remained at home.
    Dennis Burke
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    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Default Re: 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    hello all,
    Baltimore Mk.V FW535 coded J, VII.44., 13 Sqn RAF.
    Flown also by Yugoslav crew Todorović-Kostić-Peaks-Čalović on 24/25.7.44.
    There are some discrepancies:
    According to some exploded in the air crashed near Lodi, Italy, on 23.8.1944.
    MACGLASHAN, PETER DAVID KEITH (47787) KIA
    IRLAM, LESLIE (1084653) RAFVR KIA
    WILSON, RAYMOND DFC (J/86699) KIA.
    A few days later, on 29th YOUNG, HEDLEY DE LA BROQUERI (C/86518) died from injuries.sustained on 27 Aug 1944.

    Zoran

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    Default Re: 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    Or is it 13 Sqn RHAF (Royal Helenic Air Force)? They also operated Baltimores, in 1944-1945.

    Errol

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    Default Re: 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    Hello

    If you look at the Grave Registration Report Form for Irlam on the CWGC website, it has:

    1084653 F/Sgt (WOP/AIR) L. Irlam 13 Sqdn, R.A.F.(V.R.) 23.8.44

    and immediately under:

    J.86699 P/O (W/AG) R. Wilson (D.F.C.) 13 Sqdn R.C.A.F 23.8.44

    On MacGlashan's entry:

    47787 S/Ldr. (Pilot) P.D.K. MacGlashan 13 Sqdn R.A.F.


    Young's entry simply has "Royal Canadian Air Force' under Unit.

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    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: 13 (RCAF) Squadron 29 Aug 1944 Baltimore FW535

    WILSON, P/O Raymond (J86699) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.13 Squadron - Award effective 31 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 September 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Born in Gadsby, Alberta, 17 October 1917. Home in Leo, Alberta; prewar clerk for two years plus “odd jobs” for two years. Served in Calgary Regiment (Tanks), 16 July 1940 to 7 April 1941. Enlisted in RCAF in Edmonton, 10 April 1941. To No.2 Manning Depot, 18 April 1941. To No.7 BGS (guard duty), 2 May 1941. To No.4 ITS, 20 June 1941; graduated and promoted LAC, 26 July 1941 when posted to No.16 EFTS; ceased training 11 September 1941 and posted to Composite Training School, Trenton, 12 14 September 1941. To No.1 WS, 10 October 1941; graduated 28 March 1942 when posted to No.1 BGS, Jarvis; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 27 April 1942. To No.31 OTU, Debert, Nova Scotia, 17 May 1942. To RAF Ferry Command, 30 June 1942. Struck off strength of Ferry Command, 26 September 1942. Disembarked in United Kingdom, 9 October 1942 and taken on strength of No.3 PRC. To No.7 Signals School, 28 October 1942. To North Africa, 13 December 1942. To No.608 Squadron, 27 January 1943. Attached to Station Bone, 24 May to 29 June 1943. Attached to No.52 Squadron, 10-19 August 1943. Attached to No.323 Wing, 22 October to 17 November 1943. To No.13 Squadron, 26 November 1943. Commissioned 14 April 1944. Missing, presumed dead, 22 August 1944 (No.13 Squadron, Baltimore FW535; buried in Italy). DFC presented to next of kin, 2 December 1946.

    Pilot Officer Wilson has shown great keenness for both day and night operations. He has participated in many sorties as a wireless operator (air) and by his outstanding example has helped to maintain a high standard of efficiency amongst the gunners in this squadron. He has also taken part in a number of coastal sorties including convoy escorts, U-boat patrols and low level reconnaissances. These were completed during the important period towards the end of the North African campaign and during the Sicilian landings.

    Notes on Training: Interviewed for RCAF in Calgary, 21 August 1940 by F/O R.H. Cowan who wrote, “Likely looking chap who should develop well in training.” while he was still a member of the Calgary Tanks (then part of the Non-Permanent Militia).

    At No.4 ITS he had the following courses and marks - Mathematics (66/100), Armament, practical and oral (55/100), Signals (96/100), Hygiene and Sanitation (25/40), Drill (76/100), Law and Discipline (42/60). Placed 170th in a class of 183. “Former office clerk. Mature, reliable, good spirit. Moderate activity in sports. Two brothers Air Force, one brother army, overseas. This airman 30 days Non-Permanent Active Militia.”

    At No.16 EFTS he flew 18 hours 50 minutes dual and four hours 15 minutes solo in Tiger Moth (plus three hours 30 minutes in Link). Described as “Slow reactions, poor coordination, poor judgement, poor landings” and washed out.

    Course at No.1 WS was 13 October 1941 to 28 March 1942. Spent one hour in Flying Classroom as First Operator, three hours in Flying Classroom on Listening Watch, ten hours in two-seater aircraft as sole operator. Ground courses were Theory (30/50), Radio Equipment (200/250), Morse, buzzer and lamp (130/200), Procedure (162/200), Signals Organisation (75/150), Armament (54/100), Drill and PT (36/50). Placed 58th in a class of 67.

    Course at No.1 BGS was 30 March to 27 April 1942. Flew nine hours ten minutes in Battle aircraft. Gunnery tests and results as follows: Beam Test (nine percent hits), Beam Relative Speed (4.6 percent), Under Tail (15 percent). Fired 600 rounds on ground, 200 air-to-ground, 2,052 air-to-air. Marked 53/100 on written examination, 76/100 in practical and oral examination, graded 191/250 under “Ability as Firer”. Placed 6th in a class of 31, described as “average student”; also “Fairly responsible only in his duties, but should make a good practical Wireless Air Gunner.” (W/C W.F. Hanna).

    At No.31 OTU, Debert, course was 16 March to 8 May 1942. Fired 400 rounds on ground (none in air), dropped four bombs from 6,000 feet and eight bombs low level. Ground courses were Navigation (67 %), Signals (74 %), Armament (80 %), Airmanship (97 %), Meteorology (68 %), Photography (69 %), Intelligence (60 %) and Tactics (72 %). In ground work assessed as “Above Average”. Air work was “Very thorough - above average” and he was recommended for Trans-Atlantic ferrying.

    Attended RAF Ferry Command Radio School, 19 May to 20 June 1942, tested in “Telegraphy” (93 words per minute, “Very good”), using Hudson (Bendix) equipment (but apparently did not fly); scored 82 % in “Civil Procedure”, placed 26th in a class of 38. “Has now thorough knowledge of civil procedure and Bendix aircraft radio equipment.” (S/L G.C. Cunningham).

    Circumstances of death: Airborne at 2145 hours on 22 August 1944 from Cecina airfield for reconnaissance of roads in Piscenza-Cremona-Antegnate-Rovato-Bergamo-Lodi-Piacenza-Robbie area, Italy, 45.18 North 09.31 East (Po River Valley). Crew were 47787 F/L P.D.K. MacGlashan (pilot), J86518 P/O H.D. Young (navigator, Plymouth, New Hampshire), J86699 P/O R. Wilson ((WOP/Air) and 1084653 FS L. Irlam (WOP/Air). Two returning crews reported what appeared to be another aircraft having exploded between 8,000 and 6,500 feet at 2340 hours and gone down in flames; debris seen falling off, no flak seen at the time. Bomb load was two 500-lb bombs, three 250-lb bombs and nine flares. No cloud, general weather good, visibility limited by haze but not at the heights reported. When he went missing he was reported as having flown 640 hours. Brother Roy L. Wilson (Warrant Officer, MM) served overseas with Canadian army and survived the war.

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    Thank you all for your help

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