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    pchutton I have sent you a message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pchutton View Post
    Hello, I have enjoyed reading this blod. Peter "Pip" Hutton was my grandfather, and I have only known little bits of information on how and where he died.
    I have been reading this blog with interest, as I'm researching family history. I was delighted to see your question, as I too am a relative of "Pip" Hutton. He was my Father's brother, which makes us cousins of a sort. Are you Timothy's son? I would be keen to have a chat.

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    Hello Searcher Hutton,

    As pchutton's post was a year ago and if you have not already done so, it might pay you to send a private message - go to pchutton post of Jan 17, 2012 click on his name and use private message facility in the window that opens.

    Good luck,

    Ian

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    On the second attempt the crew and aircraft simply failed to arrive. What happened is not known. It is possible they were shot down by a Ju.88 over the Bay of Biscay. Such things were not infrequent.

    It is not likely that Hutton and his crew were permanently attached to Ferry Command or the OADU, though a few Air Transport Auxiliary personnel were. Rather it is more likely that after their failed attempt to ferry a Blenheim V to North Africa, presumably to be posted to one of the unlucky squadrons using the type, they went back to OTU, retrained on Wellingtons, and were ferrying one out to Italy to join 205 Group, where an air bomber would be picked up. By the autumn of 1943 Blenheim Vs had proved utterly inadequate in the Tunisian campaign and were being phased out as quickly as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian94avenge View Post
    Hello Searcher Hutton,

    As pchutton's post was a year ago and if you have not already done so, it might pay you to send a private message - go to pchutton post of Jan 17, 2012 click on his name and use private message facility in the window that opens.

    Good luck,

    Ian
    Thank you Ian.. I have done that now

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    Hi,

    I have been reading this exchange of messages. I am Your grandfather's nephew which makes you my second cousin. I re member meeting your father in Llanwrytd Wells in 1963. My father was Peter's brother Michael. I have a full set of Air Historical Branch papers relating to your grandfather's death and would be happy to share them with you. Please let me know if this would be of interest to you, John Hutton

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    My father was at Sandhurst with Pip Hutton and they joined the same regiment and were soon sent to guard the docks at Portsmouth. When a chance came to transfer to the RAF they went for an interview and both were accepted.
    I am writing about my father's WWII experiences and have been in contact with his son.
    I would love to read the Air Historical branch papers if you would be willing to share them with me.
    Cheers Motherbird

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    Would anyone know if there where any photographs taken of the survivors or the plane that was washed up, and what happened to the plane afterwards?
    Ronald Lindsey would have been my partners cousin.




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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    http://www.conscript-heroes.com/MI9-03.html


    has them as:

    3313 1217 (-)
    F/O J P Hutton
    1 OADU Blenheim EH332
    Ditched off Pavoa de Varzim Mar 43 - interned in Portugal

    3313 1218 (-)
    Sgt R L Graham
    1 OADU Blenheim EH332
    Ditched off Pavoa de Varzim Mar 43 - interned in Portugal

    3313 1219 (-)
    Sgt R W A Lindsay
    1 OADU Blenheim EH332
    Ditched off Pavoa de Varzim Mar 43 - interned in Portugal

    So they made it back to Britain it seems, but were lost on their next attempt:
    Name: LINDSEY, RONALD WILLIAM ALFRED
    Initials: R W A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: Ferry Command. Sqdn
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 09/09/1943
    Service No: 1174442
    Additional information: Son of William A. and Emily Lindsey, of Godalming, Surrey.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 157.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    GRO Index simply lists his unit as: Lyneham

    Name: GRAHAM, ROBERT LEONARD
    Initials: R L
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 09/09/1943
    Service No: 1385149
    Additional information: Son of Robert William and Margaret Rachael Graham, of Palmer's Green, Middlesex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 136.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    GRO Index lists his unit as "10 ADU"

    John P Hutton is listed as unit 'OADU LYNEHAM"

    Also on Runnymede for this date is:
    Thomas F Clements:
    whose unit is given only as 'PORTREATH' on the GRO Index.

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    Carlos Guerreiro sent me the information that they swam ashore and landed five miles north of Povoa do Varzim where a big crowd had gathered. They were taken to a private house where they drank some coffee and ate something. They were then sent to some military barracks belonging to the Fiscal Police .
    From this info there seems a good possibility that someone took photos.
    Cheers Motherbird

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