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    Dear all,

    As third and last thread I hope someone has the full first names and service numbers of next RNZAF air crews on file:

    Sgt R. A. Hodge (149 Squadron, 1943)

    P/O J. H. McIndoe (198 Squadron, 1945)

    Sgt C. M. M. Mora (15 Squadron, 1943)

    F/O G. W. Symons (229 Squadron, 1944)

    Thanks in advance for your effort,

    Hans Nauta

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    Hans,

    NZ 413756 Hodge, Roy Alexander
    [killed in flying accident with 32OTU in Canada on 17 Mar 44]

    NZ 428794 McIndoe, John Hector

    NZ 404652 Mora, Cyril Michael
    [so initials C M, not M M]

    NZ 412280 Symons, Gilbert William

    Errol

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    Hi Errol;

    Was Sgt. Hodge one of the crew on board Dakota FL650 when it went missing?

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    Bill,

    Yes, indeed he was.

    From my Vol Two:

    Fri 17/Sat 18 Mar 1944
    CANADA
    Night navigation exercise
    32 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Patricia Bay, British Columbia - 4 Training Command, RCAF)
    Dakota III FL650 - took off at 1940 piloted by Sgt D Oliver, RAF, and last heard from at 2158. Lost without trace, the three crew are commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial.
    Wireless Op: NZ413756 Flt Sgt Roy Alexander HODGE, RNZAF - Age 25. 466hrs. 17 ops.
    Hodge flew his 17 ops with Bomber Command, all but the first with 149 Sqn, RAF. On the last occasion, on the night of 3/4 July 1943, his Stirling was shot down by a night-fighter over the Netherlands and six of the eight crew killed. He successfully evaded capture and returned to England four months later, being afterwards posted to Canada as an instructor.

    Errol

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    Thanks to Errol, and apologies to everybody else for hijacking the thread.

    Does anyone have the name of the third crew member?

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    Bill,

    On rechecking my papers, I think that there may in fact have been only two on board.

    An Air Force Message on Hodge's service record shows:

    (F) One RAF missing
    (G) NZ413756 F/Sgt Hodge Roy Alexander and one RAF both missing.

    Easily misread as total of three when only two actually mentioned?

    Errol

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    The third crew member was 55924 P/O J.B. Murphy RAFVR.
    (Source; They Shall Grow Not Old).

    (BTW RAF Dakotas on the west coast usually carried four crew, RCAF usually three).

    Ian Macdonald

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    Hello Errol,

    Thanks a lot for the last additions. Always nice that there's someone around who has knowledge of particular things! But that's the way the world goes round, I guess.

    Regards from Holland,
    Hans Nauta

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    Ian,

    Many thanks for that clarification on the crew of FL650.

    Errol

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    Thanks from me as well. This group never fails to amaze me.

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