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    Does anyone have access to the ORB for 75 Squadron for 1944. I have been asked by a friend for a friend to try and establish is a pilot by the name of J. Fernie was with 75 squadron during 1944.
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    Hi Andy,

    I have the No.75(NZ) Squadron ORB, happy to look over the weekend, but I am sure one of our Kiwi experts will answer by then. !!

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    Steve
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    Thanks Steve
    Your offer of help is appreciated
    Regards
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    Andy,
    Below is all the information I have on J Fernie with 75 Sqdn 1941 - 1942. No J Fernie in 1944, and definitely never a pilot by this name. As the ORB does not provide any posting details for NCOs (nor does it even acknowledge their existence apart from mentions on Form 541s, sans service number), information available is rather scant.
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    FERNIE, Sergeant J A, RAF.
    …..…... WOAG 75 Sqn X November 1941 to X July 1942. Crewed with Sgt R A Colville as W/Opr, on ops 23/11/41 – 2/1/42, then after Colville was injured in a crash on 28/2/42, to crew of Sgt E G D Jarman as W/Opr, on ops from 25/3/42. Wounded Thursday 23 April 1942 when attacked by a Junkers 88 night-fighter while returning from a raid on Cologne. Back on ops with this crew as W/Opr from 15/5 – 10/7/42.

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    Thanks David
    My friend who himself was a WW2 fighter pilot knew Fernie. They joined up the same time.
    Andy

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    Hello

    Does anyone have an electronic scan of the ORB as trying to do some correlation of my Great- Uncle - FO Bruce Hosie WOAG 412882 during his time on 75. Sep 42 to May 43 and his Log Book.

    Any help much appreciated.

    rgds
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    Following are notes on Bruce Hosie from the 75 Sqdn wartime list, followed by entry for his captain, J M Bailey.

    HOSIE, Sergeant Bruce James, RNZAF.
    NZ412882 WOAG 75 Sqn 9 September 1942 to 23 May 1943. Posted in ex 11 OTU, crewed with Sgt J M Bailey as W/Opr, completing 31 operational sorties (3 on Wellingtons 26/9, 2/10, 9/10/42; and 28 on Stirlings, 20/11/42 – 4/5/43), then posted to 1665 CU. To 1660 CU 21/11/43, then to 617 Sqn (“Dambusters”) 7/1/44. Died Saturday 7 October 1944 with 617 Sqn (Lancaster) during his 77th op sortie, a raid on Kembs Dam, river Rhine, Germany. Appointed to commission in rank of P/O w.e.f. 10/5/43, to F/O w.e.f. 10/11/43.

    BAILEY, Sergeant (Squadron Leader) John Mathers, DFC*, RNZAF (& crews).
    NZ412183 Pilot 75 Sqn 9 September 1942 to 9 May 1943, then again 6 October 1944 to 14 May 1945. First tour (on ops Wellingtons 26/9 – 5/10/42), posted in ex 11 OTU, crew members were:- N) P/O C F Omerod; WOp) Sgt B J Hosie; FG) Sgt Davison (then Sgt F J Ottaway from 2/10/42); RG) Sgt W F Thompson. Then converted to Stirlings, on ops 20/11/42 – 4/5/43; additional crew members for Stirling were:- AB) Sgt J C Wall; FE) Sgt T E Lillystone. Bailey promoted to F/Sgt w.e.f. 1/8/42 (noted from 20/11/42), then commissioned as P/O on probation w.e.f. 21/12/42, to F/O w.e.f. 1/7/43, to Acting F/L w.e.f. 14/2/44, to F/L (w.s.) w.e.f. 31/12/44. Posted out to 1665 CU, to 31 Base 1/9/44.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (9 June 1943) [75 (NZ) Sqn]: Throughout his operational career Pilot Officer Bailey has invariably displayed the utmost eagerness to proceed on operations. He always attacks his targets with skill and determination and has taken part in missions over heavily defended areas in enemy territory, such as Berlin, Cologne, Turin and Essen. Pilot Officer Bailey is an excellent captain of aircraft, who has performed all his duties in an exemplary manner.
    Second tour crew members were:- N) F/O J G Brewster; AB) F/O J C Wall; WOp) Sgt R Pickup; FE) F/O N Bartlett; MUG) F/Sgt T D Gregory; RG) P/O J H Bryant RAAF (replaced by W/O I Corfield from 4/11/44, then F/Sgt J H Murphy from 26/2/45, finally F/Sgt H Winn 20/3/45). For this tour, Bailey posted in as F/L, appointed to acting rank of S/L w.e.f. 10/11/44, relinq acting rank w.e.f. 30/4/45. Posted to 3 LFS 14/5/45, to Filton 27/8/45. Ceased attachment to RAF, at RNZAF London w.e.f. 6/9/46, relinquished commission and discharged in UK 6/12/46. Apparently later gained a commission in RAF in rank of F/L (seniority 21/2/51) by July 1951 (RAF # 501761), transferred to RAFO by July 1957, deleted from RAFO by July 1961. Died Lower Hutt hospital, NZ, 2 November 1967.
    Citation Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross (1mm) (1 March 1945) [75 (NZ) Sqn]: Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Bailey has participated in many sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory. He has consistently displayed a high standard of courage and skill, qualities which were well evident on a recent occasion in February, 1945, when he led the squadron in an attack on an oil refinery at Osterfeld. Whilst over the target the aircraft was hit in several places. The starboard inner engine was rendered unserviceable and the propeller had to be feathered. In spite of this, Squadron Leader Bailey executed a successful attack. The attack on the Osterfeld refinery took place on afternoon of 22/2/45, and the bomb load of this particular aircraft was one 8,000 pound HC, and six 500 pond MC bombs. The ORB merely commented “Flak accurate and intense, several aircraft damaged”.

    Hope this will answer some of your questions.
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    Hello David

    Many thanks - and good stuff...very interesting.

    How would I go about getting a copy of the ORB for the raids Hosie was on during his 75 Sqn time ?

    Rgds
    John.

    PS-say G'Day to the good people in the RNZAF Musuem Archives...got some great P-40s last time there.

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    Hvd1041,
    Does your user name actually indicate you have some interest in Harvard NZ1041? I take it you are in New Zealand, so I presume you realize that the RNZAF Museum has a reasonably complete set of Form 540s/541s for 75 (NZ) Squadron available for study. You could also contact them to see if they might be prepared to have the relevant pages copied. The Research officer at Wigram at the moment is Michelle Simms.
    David D

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    Hi David

    Yes - have Harvard NZ1041 under rebuild up at Omaka...but dont' live in NZ all the year - so while we try and get back home each summer, work etc keeps us away most of the time. Didn't realise the RNZAF Musuem had these details..and must go there again next time home (I think we met there in Feb David ? ).

    Anyway - any copies of the 75 ORB available electronically - sure would appreciate it.

    Rgds
    Hvd1041

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