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    Default Boston "BL238" - 30 Dec 1942

    Hi All,

    After conferring offline with Ragnar, I am now totally confused about what a/c this subject of mine was really flying in. As he rightly points out, BL is a Spitfire s/n and so it is possibly Boston BZ238 I am looking for. Does anyone have a record of this loss and the correct s/n?

    The crewman I have is:

    P/O John Robert (or Ronald) William Craig, RCAF J/12717.

    According to Allison & Hayward, the a/c, which they identify as a Boston, went down between Goose Bay, Labrador and Reykjavik and the serial they list is BL238.
    David

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    Hi David, BL238 is really a Spitfire, but according to RAF serials BZ238 is Boston IIIA but "crashed on ferry flight 4.1.43".

    But according to Ocean Bridge:

    30.12.42
    Boston BZ238
    Missing between Georgetown, British Guiana and Belem, Brazil
    Crew:
    John Robert Scribbins, American civil pilot
    P/O John Robert William Craig RCAF, Nav
    Sidney George Wells, British civilian Radio Officer

    Hope this helps a little

    Pavel
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    Thanks Pavel, that sounds like the right a/c and crew. Different place but that may be my error in the notes.. I took a lot down that day. But now the question is, what were they doing in that part of the world?
    David

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    Hi David,

    A quick and dirty check for serials being valid for a particular aircraft type is my list in Useful Research Materials section.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2373

    The southern ferry route to the Middle east was built by Pan American Airports with 25 airports down to Natal, Brazil then over to Bathurst, Gambia.

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    Thanks Ross, another good story to tell. But what a long way to go!
    David

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    David,
    By the end of 1942 not only was the Natal>Bathurst (1600 nm) route being flown but also Natal>Ascension (1300 nm) and Ascension>Liberia (850 nm). Both, you will see, shorter distances and might be attempted by a/c with lower endurances. However, it depended - I suppose - on the ability of one's navigator! I'm not a qualified Nav but I doubt if even I could 'miss' Africa!!! I suspect that 'missing' Ascension - with the limited radio and navaids of the time - was all too easy!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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