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    I am trying to fill in some of the gaps I have in the Service Record of J15131 'Bill' Suggitt.

    I know he arrived in the UK 24/4/41 and at some point was with No. 405 Sqn. Any ideas as to where he was from arrival until he joined No. 405 Sqn (and when he joined them) would be appreciated.
    On 4/12/41 he joined No. 104 Squadron at Driffield moving to No. 158 on 14/2/42 when the home echelon of 104 was renumbered. His last Op with 158 was on 8/4/42 and then I lose him until he seems to have Commanded 428 Sqn between 15/9/43 and 30/10/43. Can anybody fill in the gap.
    On 10/11/43 he went to No. 617 Sqn where he was eventually killed (died 15/2/44)

    I have details of his Ops with 104, 158 and 617 but not for 405 and 428.

    Any help would be much appreciated

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    I joined RAFC to respond to this (now 5 years past) request. Edie, if you ever return to read this then I hope this adds something useful to what you know. There is a bit on 405 and 428 Sqns in my timeline below. I'm a Suggitt myself, not directly related; I first got interested in Bill while reading the book The Dam Busters.

    I've pieced this summary service timeline of S/L Suggitt, J15131, together from various sources including squadron records, research done by the RCAF (to flesh out biographies of veterans who've had northern Canadian lakes named for them), a bit of research on Ancestry.ca, a short testimonial provided by a boyhood friend of Bill's, and of course various web sources (most of which duplicates/restates the same info).

    Canada
    - 2/12/20 born, Toronto, Ontario
    - 30/6/34 graduated Danforth Park School, Toronto;
    - 30/6/39 graduated East York Collegiate, Toronto;
    - 15/10/40 enlisted with Royal Canadian Air Force, No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto;
    - 10/11/40 posted to No.1 ITS (Initial Training School), Toronto;
    - 8/12/40 graduated ITS, promoted to LAC (Leading Aircraftman), posted to No.9 EFTS (Elementary Flying Training Schools), St. Catharines;
    - 23/1/41 selected for pilot training, posted to No.10 EFTS, Mount Hope;
    - 28/1/41 graduated EFTS, posted to No.5 SFTS (Service Flying Training School), Brantford;
    - 10/4/41 graduated SFTS, awarded pilot wings, promoted to Sergeant by Group Captain B.F. Johnson;
    - 21/4/41 To Embarkation Depot
    - 24/4/41 to RAF overseas

    U.K.
    - 19/5/41 arrived U.K., taken on strength of No.3 PBC (Personnel Reception Centre), Bournemouth;
    - 24/5/41 posted to No.22 OTU (Operational Training Unit), Wellesbourne Montford, bomber crew training on Wellington bombers;
    - 23/7/41 posted to No.405 'City of Vancouver' Sqn, Driffield;
    - 1/11/41 promoted to Flight Sergeant;
    - 4/12/41 transferred to No.104 (RAF) Sqn, Driffield;
    - 5/1/42 Commissioned Pilot Officer;
    - 14/2/42 transferred to No.158 (RAF) Sqn;
    - 8/4/42 Last Op with 158 (one tour);
    - 24/4/42 transferred to No.26 OTU, night bomber (Wellington) crew training;
    - 1/10/42 promoted to Flying Officer;
    - 9/12/42 transferred to No.428 'Ghost' Sqn, promoted to Flight Lieutenant;
    - 11/3/43 Promoted Sqn Leader;
    - 25/3/43 landing collision, Dalton, Yorkshire; two ground crew killed crossing runway in service truck while Wellington Z.1722 was landing; AC2 Leonard C. KEAT 1418911, AC2 John MORROW 1085990 - both 428 Sqn
    - 24/6/43 completed heavy bomber training while attached to 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit (Halifax), Topcliffe;
    - 1/7/43 Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross;
    - 16/9/43 Acting Wing Commander No.428 Sqn;
    - 26/10/43 transferred to No.617 'Dambusters' Sqn, Sqn Leader;
    - 11/11/43 completed heavy bomber training while attached to No.1668 Heavy Conversion Unit (Lancaster), Balderton;
    - 13/2/44 flying accident on return from overnight operations, 8:30 hrs (Lancaster DV382)(Upwaltham Down - 5055'34.25"N, 039'43.28"W);
    - 15/2/44 died of injuries St. Richard's Hospital, Chichester, Sussex;
    - buried Chichester Cemetary, Chichester, Sussex, UK.
    - Award (?) presented to next of kin 12/12/1944

    - 19/01/56 Lake named for Suggitt in Northwest Territories, Canada; N60.75, E-103.0
    - 22/08/2009 four nations memorial unveiled near the crash site, Upwaltham Down, U.K.

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    Hi,
    Sorry, but Eddie passed away, back in 2009, but thanks all the same, for posting the information. I have a wartime scrapbook, which was made up at the time, by a WAAF, stationed at Middleton St George, and i'm sure it mentions the name of "Suggitt" in there. I will have a look at it later, and get back to you.
    Alan.

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    Alan, I've picked up research on this topic again and wondered if you had a chance to poke through the scrapbook for the S/L W.R. Suggitt reference you mentioned?

    -Mark

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    Mark,
    Let me have your email address via a PM, and i'll send a scan of the page.
    Alan.

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    Mark, I am an Archivist with RAF 158 Squadron, where S/Ldr Suggitt served for one tour. Eddie Fell was my original mentor and passed away in 2009. I have been contacted by a researcher in the UK asking for information on S/Ldr Suggitt, and I came across your post on this site. I am originally from Saskatchewan and now live in Yellowknife. Could you give me a call at (867) 873-8126 or send me an email via the site. I would very much like to talk to you.

    Chuck Tolley
    158 Squadron Association
    Yellowknife, NT

    Quote Originally Posted by MSuggitt View Post
    Alan, I've picked up research on this topic again and wondered if you had a chance to poke through the scrapbook for the S/L W.R. Suggitt reference you mentioned?

    -Mark

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    Hi Chuck,
    I am also interested in 158 Sqn. I have a photo of Course 58, 4 SFTS Saskatoon June-October 1942 which has some 158 Sqn members in it, if you which to contact me on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the DOT and AT with the usual I'll be happy to share it with you.

    Regards,

    John.

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