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    Default P/o T.g. Bell, R.c.a.f. J/88239

    Hello,

    I'm looking for the first names of P/O T.G. BELL, R.C.A.F., service number J/88239, an air gunner in No. 180 Squadron, whose Mitchell was shot down by Flak near Boulogne-sur-Mer on 9 September 1944. He bailed out and was slightly wounded. He was cared for by a Canadian hospital (No. 23 F.B.S. ?)

    I've tried finding his name on the Canadian Gazette online, but was unlucky.

    Thanks for your help

    Joss

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    Joss,

    Can't help with forenames of Bell, but the crew of Mitchell II FW125 were:

    J/11140 F/Lt Frank J BITZ RCAF
    AUS426504 P/O Cyril Cecil ALLOM RAAF
    1597310 Sgt William Robertson ADDISON RAFVR +
    J/88239 P/O T G BELL RCAF

    Allom's files at the NAA are not digitised.

    Allom, at least baled out, and became a member of the Caterpillar Club.

    Col.
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    Hello Col,

    Thanks for that, but I had already explored this track, in addition to the Squadron's ORB.

    Pilot was Frank Joseph BITZ, who was awarded the French Croix de Guerre (courtesy of Canadian awards website / Hugh Hallyday). Indeed Bitz, Allom and Bell baled out, and Addison remained in the Mitchell, and is buried in St Omer (Longuenesse) Souvenir Cemetery. Allom's return to the unit is entered on 11th September, and he gave the fates of his crewmates.

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Joss,

    OK. Mainly for the benefit of others, 2nd TAF not identifying national Air Force.

    Col.
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    Hi Joss:

    F/L Frank Joseph BITZ (J/11140)
    P/O Cyril Cecil ALLOM (AUS426504)
    Sgt. William Robertson ADDISION (RAF1597310)
    P/O Thomas George BELL (J/88239)

    Regards,
    G Christian Larsen
    President, Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society
    Member of 2nd TAF, Canadian Wing

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    Hello Christian

    Thanks for confirming. Hugh Hallyday had actually sent me the details off board.

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Hello,

    Still working on this loss, I know now that Addison was in fact a spare wireless operator, who flew with the Bitz crew for that mission. Too bad there's no family detail in his CWGC entry.

    The regular wireless operator was W/O V.A. HUGGINS.

    Bill Allom, the navigator's son, told me he was known as Vic (for Victor) and that he was also R.C.A.F. like Bitz and Bell.

    I'm seeking confirmation that he crewed-up at the same O.T.U. (34 O.T.U. in Canada, Christian's interest) followed by the O.T.U. in England, and I'm also looking for his full identity. No show up in CWGC so he should have survived WW2.

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Right now I can only confirm that F/O F.J. Bitz was part of Course No.15 at No.34 OTU. Eventually he was posted to No.13 OTU, 28 March 1944. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 10 April 1944. To No.180 Squadron, 8 May 1944 with his crew (F/S C.G. Allom, W/O V.A. Higgins and Sgt. T.G. Bell)

    Also posted that day (8 May 1944) to 180 Squadron from No.13 OTU was F/L S.W. Shapton and his crew. Sam Shapton & his crew were part of Course No.18 at No.34 OTU.

    I'd be interested in getting in contact with Allom's son Bill.

    Regards,
    Christian

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    Hello Christian

    I'll put you in touch with Bill Allom. No first names for Higgins ?

    Regards from France

    Joss

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    Thanks Joss!

    No Christian names for Huggins. I've checked every source I currently have access to but no success.

    I've seen only two class listings for No.34 OTU (Course 1 & 2) and the remaining 29 courses are slowly being cobbled together.

    Regards,
    Christian

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