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    Dave

    Norman Dickinson's entry has no mention of Anselm in Runnymede (1999 Ed.)

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    Apologies John

    My list in in Excel and I didn't have it sorted alphabetically at the time I took the copy.

    I have Dickinson with 72 Sqn at the time of his death.

    Malcolm

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    John,

    My apologies, I intended to write Norman DICKINSON (615811) whose name appears in the GRO list with unit reference as HMT Anselm.

    Whilst this addition would upset the total do we know where the figure of 175 casualties on Anselm comes from?

    Another question is why do some names have the unit shown as Takoradi or 200 Sqdn?

    I have a possible explanation but would like an independent second opinion.

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    Hi David
    From Jefford-RAF Squadrons, 200 Sqn was based at Jeswang, with Hudsons, from June 41, with detachments at a number of places that included Takoradi. I don't recognise all the names but I guess they were W Africa.Takoradi ,as I am sure you know , was also a staging post for the supply of war materiel to the Middle and Far East incl. a/c, as an alternative to using the Med or going round the Cape in S Africa. A/c were delivered crated (sometimes also "on the hoof")and after assembly were flown across Middle Africa to the Sudan. There would have been a substantial need for servicing personnel both for the supply route and any Sqn that was based in the area. The annotations against the names that you have probably reflect the intended posting for the individual concerned.
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    From Flight magazine archvies:
    AC1 Robert MORRIS - 1379278; There is an AC2 R Morris listed DOAS Aug 14th magazine
    AC2 Dennis SMITH - 1211608, an AC1 D Smith listed DOAS Oct 9th magazine.
    LAC William P. WISE - 754393. also a DOAS listing.

    Strangly both Morris and Smith are more or less the only AC x Class rank between 1939 and 1942 fo rthe RAF/RAFVR on CWGC with that surname and single initial R and D respectivly.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Henk

    Wise was drowned in the sea off Red Bank Road, Bispham near Blackpool whilst attempting to rescue a Margaret Shepherd.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm for info on WISE.
    Thanks Dennis to you as well for working on the backlog of DOAS/KOAS etc 1941. As agreed will not react on every thread to prevent new entries putting down on the board.
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    Henk.

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    Default Anselm losses - querry - AC1 Spurrier

    I am researching Aircraftsman Noel Spurrier , who I see is shown as lost when the Anselm was sunk - may I ask how to confirm he was lost on this ship as I cannot find mention elsewhere.

    Any other information would be most usefull - I am aware his Father served in the Mercant Navy during WW1.

    kind regards Bob

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    Hi Bob

    Spurrier's unit is given as Anselm in the GRO lists, hence his inclusion in the list of those lost.

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm , forgive my ignorance but what is a GRO list ? is it something I can look up ?

    regards Bob

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