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    According to the 152 Sqn website there was a Sgt Heggtveit on their strength in the early part of WW2. Does anyone know his initials, his Service Number, where he came from, and where he went?
    The purpose of this is to eliminate him from researches into another Spitfire pilot of the same surname. It is a relatively unusual surname of Norwegian origins.
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    Peter,

    There was a E.R. Heggtveit in post-war RCAF...

    See e.g. http://marville.org/other/other6/other6v.html has him having a post at RCAF Beaverbank.

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    There were 2 Heggtveit in the RCAF,, Heggtveit.CE J-15379 and Heggtveit ER J-6369 both seem to have been pilots
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    Carlyle Edgar Heggtveit was with 247 Sq in 1941, 1401 Flight in 1942 and 521 Sq from July 1942 until September 1st when he was PoW (Landed by mistake on German airfield St. Trond in Belgium in Spitfire AB131).

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    Leendert/Richard/John,
    Mni tks for yr info - much grateful.
    We are beginning to get the first glimmerings of the way forward. Does anyone have the 247 Sqn ORB for 1940-42? If so can they kindly look to see if Plt Off C E (Carl) Heggtveit is mentioned - and under what circumstances. Alternatively, does anyone know of a good Sqn History. It's unlikely to be in my local library, but the British Library may have a copy. What facts we haven't known for 60-odd years are not likely to change much in the next month or so! It seems likely that Carl Heggtveit died in 1989 - thus the Canadian rules about no disclosure of a Service Record until 20 yrs after death are likely to be satisfied sometime this year!!! Moves are afoot in this area - with the considerable help of others!
    The 152 Sqn Sgt Heggtveit is probably the E R Heggveit mentioned in Richard and Leendert's posts (I hope so!!!).
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    hello Peter,

    Actually, there's a history book about No. 247 Squadron : "Rise from the East - The story of No. 247 (China-British) Squadron Royal Air Force", by David John Marchant, published by Air-Britain, 1996, ISBN 0 85130 244-0.

    Sgt C.E. Heggveit is mentioned twice in the name index : pages 27 and 31.

    Page 27 : "Another two pilots were posted in on 4 May, Sgt J.D. Mair and Sgt C.E. Heggveit, both fresh from No. 55 OTU." That is in 1941.

    Page 31 : Sgt C.E. Heggveit CAN is mentioned as being a member of "B" flight, in a list dated end June 1941.

    Hope this helps

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    Joss,
    Many thanks for the book details! My local library sigh heavily when they see me coming in holding a piece of paper!! It's bound to be another(!) obscure volume that mad aviation Met historian wants us to order! And it usually is!!!
    Tks Joss,
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    Quote Originally Posted by jossleclercq View Post

    Page 27 : "Another two pilots were posted in on 4 May, Sgt J.D. Mair and Sgt C.E. Heggveit, both fresh from No. 55 OTU." That is in 1941.

    Joss
    Hi Joss,

    Do you know what Sgt J.D. Mair's first names and service number were please.

    Best Regards

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    hello Andy,

    J.D. Mair is mentioned 4 times in the names index. Page 29 : "Such was the night of 10 June 1941. A full moon. Fighter Squadrons were alerted by Command to provide cover for a possible raid by the Luftwaffe. Eighteen aircraft were provided by Portreath, which included No. 247's Hurricanes, No.66 and No. 152 Spitfire Squadrons. Surprisingly, at the last minute, the Fighter Night was cancelled but No. 152 Squadron sent four aircraft up on base patrols, with two patrolling Portreath and two patrolling Perranporth. One aircraft from No. 247 with Sgt Mair at the controls was despatched for the Plymouth patrol lines. This was Mair's first operational night patrol.
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    Meanwhile, Sgt Mair attempted to make a landing back at Portreath, but after two approaches decided to try another airfield further up the coast. Due to R/T trouble however, he did not received the instruction to proceed to Exeter. Without sign of another airfield, he eventually descended through a gap in the cloud cover and made a forced-landing in a field near Trevose Head. The Hurricane overturned, Sgt Mairlost most of his front teeth in the process, but was otherwise unhurt.
    Out of the five aircraft sent into the air that night, only one returned to the ground serviceable. Luckily no lives were lost, but things might have been different had the Fighter Night not been cancelled."

    Sgt Mair was in 'A' flight.

    Appendix III indicates the Hurricane being V6847, arrived in the Squadron on 15 May 1941 from No. 56 OTU. Force-landing undercarriage down, struck dyke, overturned Trevose Head 0035 hrs (Sgt J.D. Mair injured), to Hawker 13 June 1941 (Written-off).

    Sorry, no first names and no service number either.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss,

    Many thanks for taking a look for me.

    Cheers

    Andy Fletcher
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