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    I found a Detroit border crossing record for your father in 1942, I can email it on too you. Its from the databases on Ancestry.com
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Col.,

    So happens that I have Walmsley's Crew Assignment Card if you're interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2083x View Post
    Col.,

    So happens that I have Walmsley's Crew Assignment Card if you're interested.

    D.
    Thank you very much a copy of that would be fantatsic, all information is very welcome. Surprisingly I have very little information. That is probablely due to my mothers total refusal to discuss her time in the Bahamas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    Hello Don,

    welcome to the board.

    The aircraft would have been on its way to be delivered to the pool of aircraft available for fighting in North Africa.

    Ferry Command used large numbers of civilian contractors as crew on these flights. For a good background on the subject you coudl try to get a copy of the book Ocean Bridge the story of Ferry Commands operations. Your father and crew are listed there in.

    Since there was an australian airman named P/O Peter Leonard TAYLOR 411550 you can go to the Australian national archvies and request to have his casualty records scanned and this might be the quickest way to find out details of the crash. their website is
    http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx

    then clcik on search now as a guest
    and search for the terms Taylor 411550
    Follow the directions on the website and you can order the documents to be scanned.

    Also, contact the Canadian DHH
    http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/adh-sdh/index-eng.asp

    And they might have a copy of your late fathers Crew Card which might include a photo and list of the aircraft he helped to Ferry Across the Atlantic and else where.

    I hope this is a help for a start.
    Thank you for your very fast reply Dennis. I am following up some of your leads and suggestions. I have found and ordered a copy of the Ocean Bridge. That should be with me inthe next few days, so I look forward to more interesting reading.
    I came across this apparent "eye witness" account of the crash. , but it too was frustrating in it's brevity.

    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/11623/9a1/

    A copy of the boarder doc would be a useful addition , so yes please.

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    I am new to this forum business, so please bear with me if I am not doing things correctly. I promise that I will get up to speed soon.

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    Default Elwood Palmer Walmsley

    Don. Did you want to send me an email address via private message? I can scan and email the document.

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    Yes please 2083x, a copy of that would be fantastic.

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    the information you guys have is terrific. The are a lot more records becoming available since my original search.
    I have just found the Navigator in the Australian National Archives.
    Listed as Born 19 Dec 1915 in Lindfield NSW. Was repatriated by air to Australia, and was apparently around in 1948. They have more info, but not available to view yet.

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    Hi Don. Copy has been emailed. Darrell
    Last edited by 2083x; 13th March 2011 at 19:14.

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    Many thanks 2083x , that makes very interesting reading. and starts to make some sort of sence of the jumble of memories.

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