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    Hi All,

    W/O R J Mansfield crashed his aircraft from 86 Sqn on the 30 March 1942 in the sea, does anyone have any information on the type of aircraft and his crew.

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    John.

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    Hi John

    Nothing specific, but Googling '86 Sqn' shows they were using Beauforts at that time.

    A start maybe? ...

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    The Coastal Command info elsewhere on this site also has them in Beaufort IIa's, based at RAF Leuchars, Fife at that time.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/Coastal/86C.html
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    Thanks Dave/Ian,

    Thats some help.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    I checked Geoff's search engine and nothing comes up for 86 Sqn on that date either. So I take it the crew, which would have been just him and his observer, both survived.
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    Hi Dave,

    Being a Beaufort they would have had a crew of four, a W/Op and A/G as well as the Obs and pilot.
    Geoff's search engine ? Can you advise me on that please.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Right John, I was looking at the wrong info.

    Geoff's search engine is an enhanced search tool for the CWGC database. It allows you to specify more search terms and come up with likely groups of people, like air crew who were killed on the same day.

    Very handy item, although a bit sensitive. It helps if you read the instructions carefully

    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php
    David

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    Hi John,

    Took a while to tease this one out of the records.

    No 86 Sqn loss on this day.

    However a Form 1180 was raised for Beaufort I, N1034 from OADU lost on transit flight between Gibraltar and Malta.

    Sgt R J Mansfield was the named pilot for this aircraft.

    Beware are various web pages (including the old board) suggest three names for the remainder of the crew that are not related to this loss.

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    Hi Ross,

    Many thanks for that, do you know the names of the other crew members lost this day ?

    Regards,

    John.

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