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    Hi,

    Trying to confirm if a P/O James McAllister McBride, known as 'McB' operated with No.85 Squadron in 1942/43.

    Would like to establish when he was posted onto 85 and from where, and when he departed 85 Squadron and to where.

    Killed on No.161 Squadron December 17th 1943, former 218 Squadron tour expired pilot.

    TIA

    Steve
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    Steve,

    From Hugh Verity's, We Landed By Moonlight:

    One of the Lysander pick-ups on 18/19 October (1943), was the first for our new pilot, Flying Officer J. M. McBride, who had only been with us since 4th October when he was posted in from No.85 (night fighter) Squadron. He was a large, strong young man, rather dark and clean shaven with prominent cheek-bones. He was was rather quiet and shy. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and educated at Strathallan School, Scotland, where he was Captain of the School, he had left St. Catherine College, Cambridge to join the RAF in 1940. In 1941 Jim McBride had flown Wellingtons over most of Europe*. He was known as 'McB' to distinguish him from McCairns, who was called 'Mac'.

    * Letter to the author from McB's brother, Ian McBride, in Trinidad, January, 1980.

    See:
    We Landed by Moonlight Secret RAF Landings in France, 1940-1944.
    Verity,Hugh. (Decs/Awards excluded).
    Manchester:Crecy,2013 (rev.reprint),
    pp.131-3 & 245.

    McBride, seemingly makes his first appearance in the No.85 Sqn ORB (Record of Events/F.541), on 25/10/1942 (p.9 of 11).

    25/10/42 - Mosquito 'VY-T'
    P/O J McBride
    Sgt Carr, E J
    G.C.I - 23.15 - 01.00.
    G.C.I Easthill.

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8454867

    He was known to be on 85 Sqn on 4 October, 1942, as his name (and Sgt Carr's), appears on a Night Operations List:

    NIGHT OPERATIONS.
    No. 85 Squadron, R. A. F.
    4th October, 1942.
    Officer i/c Night Flying :- S/Ldr W. P. Green.
    ===========================
    .....Pilot...........Crew.....Call Sign
    P/O McBride..Sgt Carr......33
    ...
    The above appears in the following publication:

    Fighter And Bomber Squadrons At War
    Brookes,Andrew.
    Enderby:P.R.C.,1995
    p.78 (This title was originally published by Ian Allan (1980), as, Fighter Squadron At War).

    Eyes/computer on the blink, 3 minutes to read one page! Someone else can have a go.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 4th March 2019 at 06:17.

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