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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyffe View Post
    Page 19 is particularly interesting in respect of this thread in that it describes the difficulty in obtaining Walruses for ASR work in 1940, note in particular that when the Air Ministry approached the Admiralty for Walruses to be used in rescue operations none were available - which makes one wonder how Aitkin managed to find one.
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    I would guess that Admiralty had no spare Walruses to form a specialised ASR unit, but they could have been obtained locally from Sqns' reserves.
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    Did you send me the email, Franek, or the Brian who owns the thread? Nothing received by me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyffe View Post
    Did you send me the email, Franek, or the Brian who owns the thread? Nothing received by me

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    To you, on 27 Jan, a met story. Check your spam folder perhaps.
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    Default Re: ASR Walrus 1940 South Coast

    Brian

    1. There are a number of files in TNA using the search reference 'Air Sea Rescue', including AIR 20/214 (covers 1937-1944), AIR 20/217 (covers 1941-1944) , while file on the formation of wartime Air Sea Rescue Service is AIR 2/4272 (commences in 1941). It is vaguely possible the latter it might include a preamble of historical events to set the scene. Unfortunately none are digitised.

    2. Page 223 of http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz//tm/scho...-1RAF-c10.html (thanks Col) includes a reference to a white German seaplane being engaged in rescue activities at the same time as Aitkin. In the event Fighter Command took a dim view of this as described by ACM Sir Hugh Dowding in para 156 of his Battle of Britain Despatch, published in the September 1946 Supplement to the London Gazette (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/4543).

    This is also described in slightly different words at the bottom of page 6 of https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisat...ir-sea-rescue/

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    Brian,

    In your first post your suggest Aitkin was accompanied by a single crewman. If you've not read it you might find Tony Richardson's account of Walrus operations beneficial, especially his description of the difficulty in restarting the aircraft's engine after it had been at rest. He also describes the need for a full crew of three men, partly because of the difficulty of hauling a waterlogged survivor out of the sea. His account starts on page 68 0f https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documen...Journal-40.pdf .

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    Default Re: ASR Walrus 1940 South Coast

    Hi guys

    Having survived the egg of face embarrassment of the mix-up regarding Gladiators/Walrus of the Gosport Station Flight, I spotted the following on the net (aviation-safety.net)

    Narrative:
    765 Sqn. FAA, Royal Navy, Supermarine Walrus, operating from RNAS Sandbanks (HMS Daedalus II), Poole Harbour, Dorset, England, was on a rescue mission to recover the aircrew of a downed German Bomber, from the English Channel, 8 miles south of Anvil Point, Swanage, Dorset, when on the approach for landing the Walrus was shot down by a Luftwaffe fighter. The two aircrew Pilot, Lieutenant, Thomas Essery Rose-Richards and Pilot, Lieutenant, Michael Covernton Hoskin were lost with the aircraft.

    The site erroneously records the incident as having occurred on 7 September but the actual date was 7 October. However, it shows the sole (?) Walrus of 765 Squadron had transferred from Gosport following the bombing. Serial unknown but presumably the same aircraft as had been flown by Aitken (?)

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