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    Default RCAF Squadrons equiped with Douglas Digby aircraft

    Hello,

    I'm searching about the RCAF squadron(s) which was (were) equiped with Douglas Digby aircraft during WW II. I just found this one : Sqdn 10/742.

    My questions :

    - was (were) this (these) squadron(s) involved in operational missions over european theatre during WW II, or only off USA and Canada coasts ?

    - which other RCAF squadrons used this aircraft during WW II ... if others used Douglas Digby ?

    - did Sqdn 10/742 (or any else RCAF Sqdn equiped with Douglas Digby) suffer a loss on 15th November 1942, off Irish, English or French coasts ? if yes, any information (circumstances, forming and fate of the crew, serial and markings of the aircraft ...) would interest me.

    Thanks in advance

    Pierre BABIN

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    Google books search gives this return for:

    On Canadian Wings: A Century of Flight By Peter Pigott

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=57hRFCJQWjYC&pg=PA81&dq=%22douglas+digby% 22&cd=8#v=onepage&q=%22douglas%20digby%22&f=false

    Bill Walkers site gives indidual histories:
    http://www.ody.ca/~bwalker/RCAF_701_750_detailed.htm
    http://www.ody.ca/~bwalker/RCAF_751_800_detailed.htm

    Seems only 20 were procured by Canada.


    Canadian Casualties for that date from Geoff Sullivans site:

    001 BEATON JA V/26206 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    002 CARR RJ V/17515 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    003 FULLER JH V/17751 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    004 GUTHRIE DN V/17292 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    005 HOUGHTON AJ C/5622 - 15/11/1942 HASTINGS AND PRINCE EDWARD REGIMENT, R.C.I.C.
    006 JEMMETT FCM J/10144 69 SQDN 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
    007 MANN LR E/30014 - 15/11/1942 ROYAL RIFLES OF CANADA, R.C.I.C.
    008 ORIBINE D V/8627 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    009 POWELL JE - HMS AVENGER 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    010 ROBERTSON CK 3615 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
    011 ROSIE G V/10616 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    012 ROSS DB - HMCS SAGUENAY 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    013 RUFFO D V/32071 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    014 SHEPPARD TP - HMS AVENGER 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    015 SLAUENWHITE DJ V/25787 HMS QUEBEC 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    016 UMPHERVILLE C L/27957 - 15/11/1942 REGINA RIFLE REGIMENT, R.C.I.C.
    017 YOUNG TT R/72440 79 RAF SQDN 15/11/1942 ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
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    The 20 Digbys mostly went to No. 10 (BR) Squadron at Halifax in the spring of 1940, and were intended for anti-submarine patrols over the north-west Atlantic. The squadron moved several times, following the subs, but were always based in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland. At least one served briefly with the Comm Flight at AFHQ at Rockcliffe, where its all weather capabilities and long range were found to be very useful.

    I don't understand your reference to 10/742, this was never used as a squadron designator by the RCAF. Digby 742 did serve with 10 Squadron. It was lost while attempting to land in bad weather at Gander on 26 July 1941.

    After they were replaced by the first RCAF Liberators in April 1943, the survivors served with a couple of transport squadrons (164 at Moncton and 167 at Dartmouth) and a few was briefly used by newly formed No. 161 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, while they awaited their Cansos.

    Concerning 14 November 1942, I have have only one RCAF loss on this date, Hampden P5436, 32 OTU at Patricia Bay, on a training mission over the Pacific.

    One last note: although based in North America, 10 Squadron was very much operational. The Digby's made sub sightings and attacks from their earliest flights, and are credited with sinking U-520 on 30 October 1942.
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 1st February 2010 at 13:14. Reason: added last note

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    Default RCAF squadrons equiped with Gouglas Digby aircraft

    Thank you very much to Dennis and Bill : the aircraft I was searching couldn't be a Douglas Digby, since these aircraft didn't operate over European theater. So, I'll try to redirect my search : certainly a RAF twin engine aircraft (bomber or reconnaissance aircraft) shot down or damaged by a Luftwaffe aircraft off West coasts of Europe on 15th November 1942 !

    To Bill : in fact, several links got through "Google", noted "RCAF Squadron 10/742". I understand, now, what 10/742 meant : "10" was the number of the Squadron and "742" the number of the aircraft. Correct ?

    Thanks again gentlemen

    Pierre

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    Dennis: Purely as an interested observer, were all the 17 casualties on board one aircraft, and was that a Digby?
    It just struck me as strange that they should all have the same date, when what I have read today was that the Digby had a 6 man crew, not 17!!

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    I found the following on Wikipedia (with the appropriate caveats concerning the reliability of that source):
    RCAF Eastern Air Command (EAC) Digbys carried out 11 attacks on U-boats. U-520 was confirmed sunk by Flying Officer F. Raymes' crew of No 10 (BR) Sqn, on 30 October 1942 east of Newfoundland.

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    No Kevin,

    they are the only Canadian casualties for that date, if you read the text you will see they are all army, Navy and Air Force and their units are given in a lot of cases.

    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    Search for date 15/11/1942 and regiment/corps : Canadian

    This is all Canadians from all theatres. Before someone points it out, its all Candians from the Canadian Armed Forces, not including Candians serving with the British or Australian Forcess etc etc etc. And the CWGC might be wrong in its dates.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 2nd February 2010 at 09:49.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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