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    Default No,540 Squadron, Benson

    I have clearly made an error in transcription as will be evident below. Can someone confirm (as per my suspicion) that the relevant date is 1949 and not 1945.

    MARLOW, Dennis Earle Gladstone, Flying Officer (58557) – General Duties Branch – No.540 Squadron, Royal Air Force Station, Benson – King’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air – awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1950. Drafted when he had flown 735 sorties, 11.25 on present duties, 11.25 in previous six months. Found in Public Record Office Air 2/10307 by Pavel Vancata.

    Pilot Officer Marlow was detailed at very short notice to proceed to Royal Air Force Station Leuchars for special duties on September 10, 1945. Although it was after dark when he arrived at Leuchars, he took off at dawn for a 5-hour on the September 11, 1945 carrying out a second 6-hour 25-minute flight on September 12, 1945. These flights were carried in two Mosquito aircraft to the Prudent Limit of Endurance. The flights were at 20,000 feet, and in each case, were half an hour more than normal safe endurance. The area was over the North Sea, no navigational aids were available other than “Gee” in the vicinity of base, and there was considerable cloud on the whole route, making it unlikely that they would obtain pin-points on the way. The first sortie crossed the North Sea making a land-fall through cloud gaps in Norway, and then flew north. In the second, a more northerly track was used and land-fall was made at Iceland. Flying Officer Marlow continued to almost 100 miles north of Iceland before returning to base. Despite the whole unexpectedness of these hazardous flights, this officer carried out all his duties with considerable willingness. These flights were unusually hazardous in a Mosquito as it cannot be safely ditched. The only means of communication with the ground was the radio telephony with its limited range. Flying Office Marlow showed a fine spirit of devotion to duty and determination in going further than would have been considered reasonable in the circumstances.

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    Default Re: No,540 Squadron, Benson

    Hi Hugh

    The ORB doesn't show any operations in September 1949 to match those dates but Marlow was on the squadron in Sep 1949 but wasn't in Sep 1945. Marlow appear to arrive on the squadron around June 1949, so Sep 1949 is most likely


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    Default Re: No,540 Squadron, Benson

    Not incident BUT proves he with 540 Sqn at time

    Date: 05-APR-1950
    Time: day
    Type: Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
    de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR.Mk 34
    Owner/operator: 540 Squadron Royal Air Force (540 Sqn RAF)
    Registration: RG245
    C/n / msn: DH-S
    Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
    Other fatalities: 0
    Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
    Location: RAF stn Benson, Oxfordshire, England. - United Kingdom
    Phase: Take off
    Nature: Test
    Departure airport: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
    Destination airport: RAF Benson
    Mosquito RG245/S : Written off (damaged beyond repair) when swung on take-off and u/c collapsed RAF Benson 5.4.1950
    F/O (58557) Dennis Earle Gladstone MARLOW (pilot) RAF - injured
    F/Lt (107.926) Jonathan Raymond FIELD DFC (nav.) RAF - injured

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