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    Default NZ PRU 1 Pilot Question November 1940 - Australian?

    Can anyone here supply a possible Identity for a 'New Zealand' Pilot (maybe RNZAF or a NZ in RAF) who would have been in 1 PRU at Heston in November 1940... Of course he could have been an Australian I suppose....


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    Hi Paul

    Possibly F/L L.E.Clark is the chap you are after (or for that matter F/Ls S.J.Millen or C.D.Milne or P/O W.B.Parker). See following link, http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-1RAF-c5.html go down to p.117

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    Last edited by Pierre Renier; 11th January 2010 at 17:07. Reason: Adding other Kiwis

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    Pierre

    Good catch!

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    Paul

    As Milne was shot down in April 1940.. And Parker Injured in early October 1940 so probably not on Sqn at time..., One of them I am interested in must be either

    1 Squadron Leader L. E. Clark, DFC; Christchurch; born Christchurch, 16 Aug 1906; joined RAF Nov 1939; transferred RNZAF Jan 1944.

    2 Flight Lieutenant S. J. Millen, DFC; born Wanganui, 20 Jan 1914; joined RAF Jun 1938; killed on air operations, 16 Dec 1940.

    Paul
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    Paul,

    Either one could be your man.

    Millen was posted to the PRU on 15 Jul 40 and remained there until killed.

    Clark was with the PRU from c.Nov 39 to Dec 40.

    Errol

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    Errol thanks for that don't suppose in your records there is a reference to one of them being involved in a Spitfire force landing on 17 November 1940? Thanks Paul

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    Hi Paul,

    Do you have a location for the forcelanding on 17 Nov 40 or a serial for the Spitfire

    F/O S.J. Millen was with 'D' Flt at St. Eval during this period.

    F/L L.E. Clark flew his last operational sortie with 1 PRU on 23 Nov 40 from Heston.

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    One other possibility is New Zealander L D Loasby, posted in c.1 Nov 40, killed on ops 10 Apr 41.

    Errol

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    This all has to do with a letter in the latest issue of Aeroplane magazine. Concerning an accident to Spitfire X4645 on Sunday the 17th November 1940. I have corresponded with the letter writer and it turns out the letter is very old... And since he published it he found out some more info. Locals remeember he pilot as being a New Zealander... The issue is who?

    The Spitfire was returning from a PRU operation in France when a mechanical problem arose over Feniton in east Devon, the pilot tried to contact Exeter for an emergency landing but could not make it, and tried to made the landing in a field and ended up in back garden at Feniton.

    By the look of it, if he was heading to Exeter, I would wager F/O S.J. Millen as he was with 'D' Flt at St. Eval..


    Note: X4645 is quoted as 'Cat 2 17.11.40'

    "A light aircraft from RAF Heston (London) was sent to remove the cameras and valuable film from the Spitfire. Apparently it had been on a reconnaissance mission over France. Personnel were sent from RAF Exeter (Exeter Airport), and later from the Army at Honiton Camp"

    "Engineers were brought from RAF Brize Norton to work on the Spitfire and after repairs and the fitting of a new engine, which took several weeks, an attempt was made to take the plane off in the field but was unsuccessful. It was decided to remove the wings for transit. Eventually it was taken away on an RAF ‘Queen Mary’ low-loader to Exeter Airfield where another attempt was made to fly it. "

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    Only 1 operational sortie is recorded as being flown from St. Eval by the PRU on 17 Nov 40, by F/O M.D.S. Hood, to Brest in R6902.

    The ORB says X4645 arrived at the PRU from 8 MU on 14 Nov 40 and was sent to No.1 CRU, Cowley on 23 Nov 40. There is nothing in the ORB about it forcelanding on 17 Nov 40. I would guess it was probably a non-operational flight. X4645 isn't recorded as making any operational flights with PRU/1 PRU in the ORB.

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    Andy Fletcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post
    Only 1 operational sortie is recorded as being flown from St. Eval by the PRU on 17 Nov 40, by F/O M.D.S. Hood, to Brest in R6902.

    The ORB says X4645 arrived at the PRU from 8 MU on 14 Nov 40 and was sent to No.1 CRU, Cowley on 23 Nov 40. There is nothing in the ORB about it forcelanding on 17 Nov 40. I would guess it was probably a non-operational flight. X4645 isn't recorded as making any operational flights with PRU/1 PRU in the ORB.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
    A caveat to the above, much of the PRU/1 PRU ORB for the period Oct-Nov 40 is illegible.
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