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    Default 81660 F/O Albert Arthur Salter

    Hi, I am trying to research an unlce of mine who flew as a pilot in Blenhiems and Beaufighters during WW2, I believe he flew with 236/272 squadrons, possibly during the Battle of Britain and as far as I know he was shot down in the Western desert in Nov or Dec 1941 and taken POW. Any further infomation would be greatly appreicated, Thanks, Rick

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    Hi Rick,

    02/12/41
    272 Sqn
    Beaufighter Ic
    T4665
    BT-Q

    F/O A A Salter
    Sgt A G Glover

    Op: Barce, Edku, 12:15 hrs

    Loaned to No.272 Sqn. Hit during a ground attack mission to Barce aerodrome and seen to bellyland near Barce.

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    Rick, From the LG:
    Air Ministry,
    30th July, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on probation:
    Sergeants.
    29th June 1940.
    741641 Albert Arthur SALTER (81660).

    Air Ministry,
    29th August, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers-on probation are confirmed in their appointments and promoted to the war substantive rank of Flying Officer:
    29th June 1941.
    Albert Arthur SALTER (81660).

    Air Ministry, 2nd October, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.):
    A. A. SALTER (81660). 29th. June 1942.

    Air Ministry, 10th December, 1946.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Flight Lieutenants, extended service (four years on the active list)*:
    9th May 1946.
    Albert Arthur SALTER (81660).
    * Retaining, their existing ranks under wartime rules. Relative seniority in substantive rank will be determined later.

    Air Ministry, 25th February, 1947.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    In accordance with A.M.O. A. 146/47 the undermentioned officers are granted the seniorities in their substantive ranks as stated:
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flight Lieutenants:
    1st Sept. 1945.
    A. A. SALTER (81660).

    Air Ministry, 16th May, 1950.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The period of service on the active list of the undermentioned Flight Lieutenants is extended to six years with effect from the dates stated:
    A. A. SALTER (81660). 9th May 1946.

    Air Ministry, 24th June, 1952.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Extension of service.
    The period of service on the active list of the undermentioned Flight Lieutenants is extended to eight years with effect from the dates stated:
    A. A. SALTER (81660). 9th May 1946.

    Air Ministry, 27th October, 1953.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission (permanent) under A.M.O. A.628/51.
    As Flight Lieutenants:
    Albert Arthur SALTER (81660). 26th Mar. 1953 (for subsequent transfer to the Fighter Control Branch).

    Air Ministry, 1st January, 1954.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Transfer between branches.
    The undermentioned to the Fighter Control Branch :
    Flight Lieutenants, retaining their rank :
    29th Nov. 1953.
    A. A. SALTER (81660) (seniority 1st Sept. 1945).
    Regards, Terry

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    Hello Rick,

    'The Armed Rovers'/Nesbit, mentions the following on Salter/Glover:-

    A.
    The target was changed to Barce aerodrome on the following day (23-11-41), and a line of five SM79s was shot up by four Beaufighters. This day saw the first complete loss of a Beaufighter, when Pilot Officer Norman K. Lee crash-landed on the return journey, after his aircraft had been hit by accurate ground fire. Another Beaufighter, flown by Flying Officer Albert Salter, crashed on landing back at LG10.

    B.
    Four Beaufighters also went out on 2 December (1941), attacking Barce aerodrome and damaging seven Fiat BR20 heavy bombers. Flying Officer Albert A. Salter was shot down and taken prisoner, together with his navigator, Sergeant Albert E. Glover.

    See:
    The Armed Rovers:Beauforts & Beaufighters over the Mediterranean.
    Nesbit,Roy C.
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1995.
    A. p.45
    B. p.46

    From Ross' POW Lists:

    2/12/41 81660 A A Salter 272 T4665 Camp L3 PoW No. 2995

    581447 A E Glover Camp 18A PoW No. 9361

    Col.

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