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    Default F/O RE Earle, 612 Sqn, lost 11 Feb 1944

    DURNFORD, ROY EARLE
    Initials: R E
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 612 Sqn.
    Date of Death: 11/02/1944
    Service No: J/23687

    Ross's squadron history notes say this was 15 Group, 612 Sqn, based at Limavady, Londonderry at the time. His death certificate says "killed while on anti-submarine patrol".

    Can someone (Dennis or Ross, I'll bet) confirm that this was a Wellington and where it happened? I will check the CWGC site for other crew, unless someone has it handy.

    thanks and again, Merry Christmas to all.
    David

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    11/02/44
    612 Sqn
    Wellington XIV
    MP758

    Sgt R T B Howe
    F/O R E Durnford
    Sgt R F Spanner
    F/O J D Bowmer
    Sgt S J A Boon

    Missing, presumed ditched after engine failure. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Shot down by U-283 which was later sunk by No.407 Sqn.

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    Ross
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    Thanks Ross. Do you know if Durnford was the pilot?
    David

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    Default For Ross

    Also have F/O (Nav) Eric H. HUTCHESON - RCAF J/24117 - as a casualty. Please advise.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi,

    According to `U-boat Vs Aircraft` by Norman Franks and Eric Zimmerman F/O R.E.Durnford was the Pilot of Wellington `N` which took off from Limavady at 16.16 hrs for a/s patrol, at 21.09 a signal was intercepted by Wellington `B` that `N` was having engine trouble but that was all, nothing further heard, a position was taken from this signal 60:2 - 14:02 which put them in area of action with U-283 at the Iceland-Faeroes gap so damage by fire from the U-boat could not be ruled out,nor proved.

    Crew in book given as:

    Pilot: F/O R.E.DURFORD.
    2/Pilot: F/O J.BOWMER.
    Nav: F/O E.H.HUTCHESON.
    W/AG: Sgt S.J.A.BOON.
    W/AG: Sgt R.F.SPANNER.
    W/AG: Sgt R.T.B.HOWE.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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