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    Default P/O Arthur Robson Armitage (J/85977)

    Browsing through the obituaries in Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail today and came across an entry for RCAF navigator Arthur Robson ARMITAGE (J/85977). He and the rest of the crew were lost on February 8, 1944, in a Wellington of 415 Sqn while conducting an anti-shipping patrol off the Dutch coast .

    A 'Circumstantial Report' compiled at RAF Bircham Newton in April 1944 (page 42 in the link below) identifies the Wellington involved as HZ649 but the RAF Commands Database quotes the serial as HZ642.

    Link: https://data2.archives.ca/dm16/d16/K...0426-00358.pdf

    For completeness, the Report identifies a seventh crew member, 1st Lt. O.A. Lamb ("0886294"), USAAF. (I believe this should read O-886294).

    Robert

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    Default Re: P/O Arthur Robson Armitage (J/85977)

    I think this needs confirming from other sources as the cas file
    Maybe in error

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    Default Re: P/O Arthur Robson Armitage (J/85977)

    Hello gents,

    The PPM (No. 394/47) from the file of R125893 Flight Sergeant Russell Urban of this crew the aircraft was ID'd as "Wellington HZ(11)"

    Page 40 of 61: https://recherche-collection-search....IdNumber=36260

    Regards,

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    Default Re: P/O Arthur Robson Armitage (J/85977)

    Quote Originally Posted by alieneyes View Post
    Hello gents,

    The PPM (No. 394/47) from the file of R125893 Flight Sergeant Russell Urban of this crew the aircraft was ID'd as "Wellington HZ(11)"

    Page 40 of 61: https://recherche-collection-search....IdNumber=36260

    Regards,

    Dave
    Hello,

    The reference to "Wellington HZ(11)", possibly indicates that the aircraft was equipped with a Leigh Light (L/L). Then again, could be a corruption of A/C letter, (N).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 13th November 2022 at 06:49.

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    Default Re: P/O Arthur Robson Armitage (J/85977)

    It looks like the Canadian Archives are wrong

    HZ649 lost 25/26 Nov 1944 in 524 Sqdn 7 Killed
    HZ642 Lost Feb 9th 1944 415 Sqn RCAF

    The Air Britain file on HZ Serials allocation should confirm

    Paul

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    Default Re: P/O Arthur Robson Armitage (J/85977)

    Hi Paul,

    Did you mean Feb 8, 1944, for HZ642?

    Robert

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    Default Re: P/O Arthur Robson Armitage (J/85977)

    yes sorry 8th

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