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    Default 48 Squadron Hudson loss Feb 23, 1942

    Hi chaps

    I've been asked to look into this crash and with Amrit's help have what looks like the crew:

    CULLINGHAM RD 921742 48 SQDN 23/02/1942
    NEWCOMB FWR 61270 48 SQDN 23/02/1942
    PURDUE JE 984761 48 SQDN 23/02/1942
    STOTTER AJ 984799 48 SQDN 23/02/1942

    48 Sqn was based up at Wick at the time and the bad weather attributed to some losses, I believe, as the crews flew out over the North Sea on anti-shipping patrols.

    I'm afraid that's all I know at present. I'd be grateful for any extra detail. I might not respond straight away as we're changing ISP and I may be offline for a few days.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hello,

    Possibly:

    23-2-1942
    No.48 Sqn
    Hudson V AM869

    Failed to return from a Stab patrol. Took off Wick 05.09 hrs. (Possibly shot down by Uffz. Willi Reuschling, of 7./JG 2).

    Per Ross/Old board.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 11th February 2010 at 11:04.

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    Ripper, thanks, Col.

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    Hi all,

    I am trying to find out information about a 48 Squadron loss on 16th February 1942. One of the crew was John Croll (age 21) from Dundee, and he is listed in his local paper as "missing on operational duties". If anyone can give me any information on his aircraft and the circumstances of its loss, I'd be very grateful.

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    Iain.

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    Hello,

    16-2-1942
    No.48 Sqn
    Hudson III AM873

    Took off Wick, 0830, to carry out a South Stand patrol. The ETA back at Wick was 1405. No signals were received from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base.

    It is believed the aircraft was shot down by Uffz R Mueller, of 1./JG5.

    http://www.luftwaffe.cz/mullerr.html

    Crew:

    89601 F/O (Pilot) Sidney BIRCH RAFVR +
    AUS403549 Sgt (Nav.) Joseph Marcel BONNEFIN RAAF +
    R/58684 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) John Gerald PURCELL RCAF +
    952005 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) John CROLL RAFVR +

    F/O Birch rests in Sola Churchyard. Sgts Bonnefin RAAF, Croll and Purcell RCAF, are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th May 2014 at 13:35.

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