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    Default 90 Squadron Flying Fortress MK1

    It is proving difficult to establish how many (if any?)RAF aircrews from 90 Squadron went to Canada and the USA to be trained in operating the new Mark One Fortress aircraft produced by Boeing in early 1941.

    Has anyone researched this previously at all please.

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    I do remember that when they formed the squadron, they wanted aircrew with operational experience on four engined bomber squadrons (not many of them in 1941 !). Also the aircrew had to pass a medical because of the difficulties involved in high altitude bombing !

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    Thank you Mark.

    I am unable to find any reference to how/who operated this new type from USA to GB and how the operational conversion/training was undertaken.

    Your snip of information is warmly received.

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    Hello Colin (from another Col),

    Some of the information you are seeking, can be found in Chapter 10 (pp.195-206), 'Cloud, Cold and Contrails', in 2 Group R.A.F. A Complete History 1936 - 1945, by Michael J F Bowyer.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th February 2010 at 00:25.

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    Colin:
    I have the names of the captains who delivered the 20 Fortress Is to the UK, mostly RAF personnel plus two USAAC and one RNZAF captains. Would this be useful?
    Regards:
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    Last edited by robstitt; 17th February 2010 at 00:01.

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    Robert,

    What is the name you have for the RNZAF captain, please?

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    F/L L.E. Clark ferried one of the first fortresses, although he was still RAF at the time. Not sure if he is the individual referred to by Robert.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
    Per Speculationem Impellor ad Intelligendum

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    Rob,

    can you give us the names of the captains and I'll run the names through ancestry.com and see if they maybe arrived on a shipping list, might find crews? Give a date when they might have been in the USA.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Colin:
    I have the names of the captains who delivered the 20 Fortress Is to the UK, mostly RAF personnel plus two USAAC and one RNZAF captains. Would this be useful?
    Regards:
    Robert[/QUOTE]

    Robert/Dennis This is suddenly looking good and my suspicions of crews from 90 Sqd being dispatched to the USA for training may well prove true. Several interested forum members have assisted THANK YOU.

    Dennis once Robert has helped with the names it would be so great if you could do those checks for me.

    Thank You. Colin.

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    Hi Colin

    My little book of words is not much help re training all it says about that period is as follows:
    On 7 May 41 90 reformed at Watton to be the first Fortress Sqn in Bomber Command. Daylight operations began on 8 July 41 but the Fortress I proved inadequate for European conditions. In Oct 41 a detachment was sent to the Middle East where it was absorbed by 220 and 90 then flew Blenheims spasmodically until disbanded on 14 Feb 42 (though they reformed again in Nov 42 with Stirlings)...
    No pic of the 90 Sqn Fortresses but there is one of a 90 Sqn Blenheim.

    Dee

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