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    Hi guys

    I've been perusing the Auster Production List website and have noted the following incidents, possibly all caused by 'friendly fire' or balloons. I need to investigate all but wonder if anyone can help in the meantime. I wish to obtain details including names and fates of crews:

    LB292 653 Sqn balloon incident 12/3/43

    NJ690 Balloon incident 25/3/45

    NJ723 83 Grp Comm Sqn balloon incident 6/4/45

    MZ121 655 Sqn shot down by own AA? 29/2/44

    NK112 hit by own AA 17/1/45

    MT383 655 Sqn hit by own AA 19/3/44

    MT419 657 Sqn shot down by own AA 12/4/44

    NJ105 654 Sqn hit by own AA 25/5/44

    MT188 (or 118) hit by own AA 28/2/45

    MS966 660 Sqn hit by own AA 5/1/45

    MT274 damaged by blast of own AA gun 26/6/44

    Any assistance will be of great help. As would the advise of any similar incidents.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Brian,
    MT188 is correct, as MT118 was lost 20-7-1944.
    MS966 piloted by Capt LEE (Royal Artillery); hit by Flak S of Nijmegen and SOC upon return.
    Not much but every peace helps.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Many thanks Henk

    That's a start!

    Best from a damp Suffolk

    Cheers
    Brian

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    If you use Geoff Sullivan's search engine:
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    enter the dates you want and the in the unit field enter the squadron number only and select the 'unit contains' option.

    Here is a possible casualty for MT419.

    Name: BUCHAN, JOHN
    Initials: J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Air Force
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 657 A.O.P. Sqdn.,
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 12/04/1944
    Service No: 198276
    Additional information: Son of John and Mary Neilson Buchan, of Falkirk, Stirlingshire; husband of May Sarah Eliza Buchan, of Laurieston, Falkirk. B.L.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. C. 12.
    Cemetery: CASSINO WAR CEMETERY

    He might be totally unrelated of course.

    Note the layout of the secondary unit text.

    regards

    Dennis
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    MZ121

    Name: DICK, ANTHONY GERALD
    Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Air Force
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 655 A.O.P. Sqdn.,
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 29/02/1944
    Service No: 101344
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXII. C. 12.
    Cemetery: BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO

    Another possible.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Many thanks Dennis

    Good leads.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    "Unarmed into Battle: The Story of the AOP" by Maj-Gen H J Parham has a roll of honour (just the names and ranks). I have cross referenced that against the CWGC and the following names appear for the dates:


    LB292 653 Sqn balloon incident 12/3/43
    Captain W M A Whitson WILFRED MICHAEL ALEXANDER 95156 12/03/1943 Royal Artillery WOKING (ST. JOHN'S) CREMATORIUM


    MZ121 655 Sqn shot down by own AA? 29/2/44
    Captain A G Dick ANTHONY GERALD 101344 29/02/1944 655 Royal Artillery BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO

    NK112 hit by own AA 17/1/45
    Captain J H Worboys MC (?) JOHN HENRY (?) 165423 17/01/1945 24 Field Regt. SOUTHGATE CEMETERY (he is in the book)

    MT383 655 Sqn hit by own AA 19/3/44
    No one on that date

    MT419 657 Sqn shot down by own AA 12/4/44
    Captain J Buchan JOHN 198276 12/04/1944 657 Royal Artillery CASSINO WAR CEMETERY

    NJ105 654 Sqn hit by own AA 25/5/44
    Captain R F Barham ROGER FOSTER 129271 25/05/1944 657 Royal Artillery CASSINO WAR CEMETERY (this maybe a candidate but he is listed as 657 Squadron so could be a different loss)

    MS966 660 Sqn hit by own AA 5/1/45
    No one listed

    If you would like the full list of 70 in the RoH then I can email it to you

    A

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    Thanks Amrit for your kindness sharing this info with us.
    Best regards,
    Henk.

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    Brian:
    David Willis had an extensive series of articles published in AIR Enthusiast on the history of the Auster. It was more of a production and service overview but he may well have more specific information of the kind you are seeking. You can likely contact him through Ken Ellis at Key Publishing.
    Regards:
    Robert

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    Thanks Amrit and Robert

    Some excellent information has come to light. Great stuff! Also, some information on TOCH, where I posted the same request.

    Yes, Amrit, I would appreciate full RoH - you have my e-mail address. Thanks.

    Cheers
    Brian

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