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    Hoping someone can help with the following, I'm after details on two former A Flight commanders of No.218 Squadron.

    Squadron Leader Kenneth Ault 33214. On completion of tour posted No.15 O.T.U 6th March 1941. Any details on his movements after this posting.

    Squadron Leader William Richard Beaman 26078. Posted A Flight 218 squadron 6th March 1941 via No.15 O.T.U. What squadrons was this officer on prior to No.15 O.T.U. ?

    Lastly can anyone explain the meaning of ...
    No.4 F.P.P Prestwick

    Thanks in advance

    Steve
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    F.P.P is the Ferry Pilots' Pool of the ATA. No 4 were based at RAF Prestwick Sep 1940 - Jan 1942 and Aug 1942 - 31 Oct 1945
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    Last edited by Amrit; 30th January 2008 at 21:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amrit View Post
    F.P.P is the Ferry Pilots' Pool of the ATA. No 4 were based at RAF Prestwick Sep 1940 - Jan 1942 and Aug 1942 - 31 Oct 1945
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    Amrit,

    Thank you for that.

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    Ault was killed when Blenheim V5592 (11 Squadron) was shotdown by Japanese fighters and is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Details of his death can be found in Volume 2 of Shores' Bloody Shambles (page 426)

    Name: AULT, KENNETH
    Initials: K
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Squadron Leader
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 11 Sqdn.
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 09/04/1942
    Service No: 33214
    Additional information: Son of Percy Ault, and of Helena Ethel Ault, of Bristol.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 411.
    Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

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    Last edited by Amrit; 30th January 2008 at 22:21. Reason: typos and adding CWGC details

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    Steve, you may find this interesting re: Ault

    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=455&id=2403

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    Default Blenheim serial Kewnneth AULT

    Amrit,
    Typo............ or wrong in source: V5592 should read V5992.

    Regards,
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    Hi Henk

    I hadn't checked Warner's Blenheim but I now see that it does say V5992 (page 580). However, Shores does say V5592.

    I've found V5592 being lost on May 26 1941 whilst with 45 Squadron on a raid on Maleme Airfield (page 453 of Warner). But what is interesting is that the crew list and reasons for loss are at odds with the details in this article:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/71/a4196171.shtml

    Warner states the crew were:
    F/O T Churcher (pilot) POW
    P/O R May (obs) POW
    Sgt H Langrish (WOp?AG) Evaded and evacuated

    The above article states:
    V5592, escaped only to get lost in the desert on its return, and finally crashed.
    PltOff. Robinson, J.Pilot.
    Sgt. Crosby, A.E. Wo/Ag.
    Rescued after walking for four days.
    Sgt. Longstaff, W.B. Obs. Never seen again.

    However, Warner states that that was the crew of T2350.

    Anyway, as to Ault's aircraft it maybe just a typo in Bloody Shambles. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    Hi Amrit,
    BCLME (Gunby-Temple) confirms Churcher-May-Langrish on V5592 and Robinson-Crosby-Longstaff on T2350.
    Do you have more names of the crew where AULT was part of (V5992) ?
    Regards,
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    Warner states that Ault's crew were:

    Name: BONNELL, FRANK WILLIAM
    Initials: F W
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: H.M.S. Lanka.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 09/04/1942
    Additional information: Son of Frank Edward and Gwendoline Bonnell of Cardiff.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 3. Panel 7.
    Memorial: LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

    Name: WHILES, STANLEY DENNIS
    Initials: S D
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 11 Sqdn.
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 09/04/1942
    Service No: 776023
    Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Whiles, of Golders Green, Middlesex; husband of M. Whiles, of Enfield, Middlesex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 414.
    Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

    Name: ECKERSLEY, GEORGE KEITH
    Initials: G K
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 09/04/1942
    Service No: 404290
    Additional information: Son of Norman Isadore Carter Eckersley and Maud Isabel Eckersley, of Tarragindi, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 422.
    Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

    Shores states that Bonnell was of 806 Squadron and was along as an extra Observer. Whiles was Obs and Eckersley was WOp.AG.

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    Default V5992

    Thanks Amrit for the quick response; will amend my files.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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