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    Default No.244 Sqn loss - 5-5-1941

    Hello,

    In Dust Clouds In The Middle East, Chris Shores mentions the following:

    5-5-1941

    To the south, a Vincent of 244 Squadron was forced to land in the sea in the darkness. The pilot was later picked up, but both the air gunner and a passenger were lost.

    See:
    Dust Clouds In The Middle East.
    Shores,Christopher.
    London:Grub Street,1996
    p.176

    I have a note that Vincent I K6347, of 244 Sqn, crashed in the Persian Gulf around this time. I believe the following crew/pass were lost:

    637578 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Charles Trevor DENNETT RAF +
    G/C Robert JOPE-SLADE OBE,DSC RAF +
    (Both listed in Flight June 19, 1941, as KOAS).

    Could someone confirm the above, and provide the pilot's name?

    TIA,

    Col.
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    Col

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    "Communications and training tasks occupied the unit but in September 1940, it moved to
    Shaibah and there became No.244 Squadron on 1 November 1940.

    The Iraqi revolt found the Vincents engaged in bombing raids on Iraqi army units and in reconnaissance sorties. Two were lost on 2 May 1941, K4732 diving into the ground during a raid on Qurmal Ali while K6365 was damaged by splinters from its own bombs and crashed at Chubatshiya.

    Another Vincent landed alongside and picked up the crew but all three in K4732 were killed. A third Vincent, K6347, ditched in the Persian Gulf on the 5th.

    The occupation of Iran resulted in No.244 beginning reconnaissance sorties on 25 August 1941. In the course of these, a Hurricane of 261 Squadron shot down K6366, presumably in error for an Iranian Audax, these having radial engines."

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    Paul,

    Thanks for the verification on K6347. The name of the pilot would still be most welcome.

    The crew of K4732 was, as follows:

    45125 P/O Sidney Charles BRAYBROOKS RAF + (Runnymede Memorial Panel 31)
    540203 Sgt Murray McKenzie BURNS RAF + (Alamein Memorial Column 242)
    648754 AC1 Kenneth Frederick HANNETT RAF + (Runnymede Memorial Panel 57)

    Hard to follow the thinking of the War Graves Commission at times!

    Col.

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    Hi Col

    The crew of K6347 were;

    40965. F/Lt D.C. Wellburn, RAF. Pilot inj
    637578. Sgt C.T. Dennet, RAF. WOp/AG +
    3061. G/Capt R. Jope-Slade. Passenger +

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    I dont know whether you have this but my little book of words says they were flying out of Shaibah from 1 Nov 40 to 22 Jan 42.
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    http://www.rquirk.com/med/244sqn/244news/244newsn26.pdf

    "G/Cpt Jope-Slade and the wireless op., went down in the Gulf at night. The pilot F/Lt Wellburn (244) was picked up by dhow the next day from Kuwait......F/Lt Wellburn and G/Cpt Jope-Slade got out of the aircraft and swam. The Vincent sank at once, and the W/Op did not get out. They lay in the water (1.30 a.m. on a dark and dusty night), and swam on till dawn, expecting to see land when it got light. They were very disappointed Jope-Slade took off his Mae West, said goodbye to Wellburn and went under. Wellburn floated on, and by extreme good fortune, a Kuwaiti dhow, returning from pearling grounds nearly ran him down. Imagine our Joy when we got a wire from the political agent in Kuwait (Major Galloway), "I have Wellburn"!"

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    Gentlemen,

    I thank you for your co-operation.

    Jope-Slade's obituary can be read in: The Times May 27, 1941 p.7.

    Col.

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