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    Has anyone any information on the a/c number of a Catalina lost from 265 Squadron on 20/8/1944. Crew commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

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    Presumably it's a Coastal Command a/c. If Ross can't help, try:-

    davidlegg@pby5.fsnet.co.uk (Catalina Society Archivist)

    at Duxford

    (web-site) www.catalina.org.uk/catalina-history

    Stewart

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    Hi John
    I don't think that Coastal Command records will help. At the time of the loss 265 were based at Diego Suarez in the Indian Ocean and had detachments all round that ocean(Jefford/RAF Squadrons). As far as I am aware Coastal "reach"didn't go much beyond Gibraltar, it would be a separate RAF organisation to which the Sqn answered. The Alamein Memorial suggests that it might have come closer to the Med/Middle East when it was lost and clearly there are no known graves for those on board.
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    Hi,

    As suggested the aircraft was not under Coastal Command but I have a few notes.

    However it was coded H and was shot down during an attack on the U-862 in the vicinity of the Mozambique Channel.

    Reports from the U-Boat crew suggested that after being severely damaged by AA fire the Cat was steered onto a crash course on the U-Boat but fell short.

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    There are a number of pages on H/265 (FP104), including the full list of 13 casualties, and crew photos in "Wings of the Dawning: The Battle for the Indian Ocean) by Arthur Banks.

    If you PM me I'll send you more details.

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    Thank you one and all for your help

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    I've FP104/H on file, however only with two names. F/Lt (Pilot) William S. ('Jock') LOUGH - 128494 and F/Sgt (Flt Eng/Ag) Surtees ELLIOTT - AFM - 566707. Elliott survived accidents 15-1-1941 on Vincent K4716 and 4-1-1943 (wounded) on Catalina VA 728.
    Appreciate to know the names of the remaining eleven casualties.
    Regards and thanks in advance for your help.
    Henk.

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    For Henk
    From "Wings of the Dawning" by Arthur Banks those on board the Cat are given as:-
    128494 F/Lt William Stewart Lough Capt
    143668 F/O Henry Lawson Watkins 2nd Pilot
    124642 F/O Reggie Arthur Willis 1st Nav age 21
    135923 F/O George Richard Chaffe 2nd Nav 21
    566707 F/Sgt Surtees Elliott AFM F/E 26
    1313689 F/Sgt Ronald Reuben Baines W/Ag 23
    1332155 F/Sgt William Albert Bickmore W/Ag 23
    1071501 F/Sgt Francis Charles Anderson Dow W/Ag 23
    1435171 F/Sgt Cuthbert Glynn W/Ag 22
    1213871 Sgt Maurice William Popple 23
    791109 Cpl Paul Raymond Marie Hodoul
    1508931 LAC Arthur Halstead 35
    1008387 LAC Joseph Albert Willoughby Statham 28
    The last 4 are believed to have been passengers and it is suggested in the book that the a/c was on a flight to Durban when it encountered the sub
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    What an excellent forum and what a wonderful visitors. Thanks Dick for this prompt reply.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    As far as I know was FP104 on an anti-submarine mission over Mozambique Channel. The four passengers (groundcrew) should have been delivered after the mission as reinforcement to Pamanzi, Comoro Islands.
    Henk.

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