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    741362 Sergeant James Litster Morton 40 Sqn., RAFVR, is Commmorated at Runnymede Memorial. He died on 27 June 1940. Any information concerning 40 Sqn.(deployment, aircraft, crew, log books, war diaries etc.) would be most gratefully received and acknowledged.

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    hello,

    No. 40 Squadron history has been covered by David Gunby, whose father served with the Squadron in WW2.

    The book is "sweeping the skies". I can have a look later on, when I'll be back home. Otherwise someone else will do it before.

    You can also access the Squadron Operations Record Book at The National Archives, Kew, London, depending on where you are.

    Dave Gunby is also a member of the board, so you can contact him directly, through his profile.

    Joss

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    Chorley gives,Blenheim R3778 which took off from Wyton to reconnoitre movements along Guines-Boulogne-Nesles-Dannes road. Lost without trace.
    Sgt JL Morton.
    Sgt AD Kelso.
    Sgt JC Winston.

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    Joss,

    Appreciated - many thanks. My research starts here.

    Ian

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    Alan,

    I am immediately touched by your information about my cousin, once removed, and his fellow crewmembers. I will now try to research 40 Sqn as far as I might.

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    Ian,
    As Joss has said, the ORB is available at the N/A at Kew under reference AIR27/412, which covers from April 1931 to Dec 43. Although you do not need all this period, it could pay to get an estimate from N/A to copy this file to disc, i had 23sqdn ORB from 1925 to 43 which cost 46.

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    Hello,

    The events of 27th June 1940 are told in pages 142-143 of "Sweeping the skies", with Bill Bromley, the pilot leading the 'vic' of 3 Blenheims, explaining what happened to his crew and him. Not a lot about your parent :

    "I looked around and my No 2 was OK but my No 3 [sgt J.L. Morton] was nowhere to be seen ; he had already spun into the Channel". After landing, Bromley recommened his wireless operator, Sgt J.A. "Ginger" Gamble, for the D.F.M., which he received on 29th July 1940 at Wyton."

    There had been a morning reconnaissance, and this was the afternoon operation. The fighter escort, low on fuel, left halfway across the Channel, and the rear section of No. 40 Squadron was jumped by Messerschmitt Bf-109s.

    I presume you have already checked the CWGC records. But in case you haven't :
    Name: MORTON, JAMES LITSTER
    Initials: J L
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 40 Sqdn.
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 27/06/1940
    Service No: 741362
    Additional information: Son of Duncan and Jane Herries Morton, of Glasgow.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 17.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: KELSO, ALEXANDER DEAN
    Initials: A D
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 40 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 27/06/1940
    Service No: 581155
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 16.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: WINSTON, JOSEPH CHARLES
    Initials: J C
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 40 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 27/06/1940
    Service No: 935571
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 21.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Unfortunately there's no family background for the other two members of the crew.

    Have you contacted the Air Historical Branch ?

    Do you have the Service Record of James Morton ? That would give the date he was posted to No. 40 Squadron, also his training units and dates.

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 15th December 2009 at 19:33.

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