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    Hello,

    Seeking full service history of Warwick A.S.R.1 BV409, from A-B serials volume. Can someone help?

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    Col.

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    Hi Col

    Only 281 Sqn, stalled whilst circling a lifeboat off Puffin Island 26 Apr 1944

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm,

    Thanks a lot for that.

    I now have:

    26-4-1944
    No.281 Sqn.
    Warwick A.S.R.1 BV409

    Stalled whilst circling a lifeboat off Puffin Island.

    Crew (Alpha order):

    969208 F/Sgt Robert HERBERT RAFVR +
    AUS403758 F/Lt Bruce Sydney MEYER RAAF* +
    1268615 F/Sgt Henry TURNER RAFVR +
    CAN J/95020 P/O Clarence Gerhart WENZEL RCAF +
    176510 P/O Robert James WEST RAFVR +

    Also mentioned in the Item Notes of Meyer's undigitised A705, is one, F/Sgt A CONNELLY RAF - for whom, I have no further details. He is not mentioned in Flight, August 17, 1944. pp.188-9 Cas. Comm. No.413, as are the others.

    Additions/corrections to the above appreciated.

    *For more on Meyer, see thread on Beaufort I DW824.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8230

    Col.
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    Hi col

    Connoly was the survvor.

    Took off on a search for an Anson EF992 reported overdue from Halfpenny Green. At 16:29 hrs, 12 miles off Holyhead, the lookout reported a dinghy 500 feet below them to the starboard and the Warwick was turned sharply to starboard. At 200 feet the aircraft went into a spin hitting the sea with the starboard wing tip and nose. The impact broke the roof of the mid-upper turret allowing F/Sgt Connelly to escape and reach the dinghy which also broke free in the crash. A convoy was within sight and the trawler Brimness carried out a search for survivors after picking up F/Sgt Connelly three quarters of an hour after the crash.

    At 16:28 hrs the aircraft had received a message from base stating that the Anson had landed safely on the Isle of Man but had not decoded it before the accident.

    Survivor picked up 315 degees Great Ormes Head 12 miles.

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    Hi Ross,

    Thanks for the extra detail. Adds some meat to the bare bones I had 5 hours ago!

    Col.

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    Gents,
    I've on file that the official reason for the flight was bouoy inspection, but the crew were under the impression that they were for a crashed plane or dinghy. At 16.00 hrs the plane crashed into the sea and sank. F/Sgt Connelly was in the mid-upper turret, which broke free and rose to the surface. He came round from unconsciousness and was able to swim to a life-boat that had also broken free. He was picked up by a fishing boat at around 17.00 hrs and transferred to a RAF launch, taken to Ballykelly and subsequently flown to Great Orton.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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