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    Hello, and Happy New Year!

    Seeking a service history/fate of Ventura V JS902.

    Thanks,

    Col.

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    Col,

    Ventura V, JS902
    Staff Nav School/75 OTU
    Abandoned out of fuel 30m SW of Debra, Sudan, 18.1.45

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Thank you!

    18-1-1945
    Staff Navigators School (ME)/75 OTU, Gianaclis.
    Ventura V JS902 "55"

    Lost on a navex, Cairo - Khartoum. Abandoned out of fuel, 30m SW of Debra, Sudan. Five crew baled out safely, returning to civilisation eight days later.

    Crew (Alpha order):

    AUS413743 F/Lt (Pilot) Arthur Gostwyk CORY RAAF
    J/20899 F/O ( - ? - ) A E SUTHERLAND RCAF
    138049 F/O ( - ? - ) Eric VICKERS RAFVR
    1575772 F/Sgt ( - ? - ) T A WAINWRIGHT
    175026 F/O (Met.) Robert WILSON RAFVR (Met. Branch)

    Apparently, Cory never applied for his Caterpillar Club badge. He does not appear on any of the official lists.

    Happy New Year, Mate.

    Col.
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    Col:
    See above... finger trouble.
    Robert
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    Col:
    One of 196 Ventura Vs delivered via Takoradi or Accra for MAAF. USN serial: 48672.
    Robert

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    Hi Rob,

    Yes, a PV-1/GR.V. Completely forgot that our old friend, Joe Baugher, now covers USN/Marine a/c.

    JS889 - JS984 (96 a/c.) Diversions to SAAF.

    HNY.

    Col.

    PS. Use the delete function Mate. Hides a multitude of sins!
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    Col,

    Just noticed your reference to F/O R Wilson (Met Branch) being amongst the crew. As a matter of interest how many men normally made up a Ventura's crew? From his rank Wilson must have been a forecaster and I'm guessing he was on a 'jolly'.

    Whatever, he joins a very select group (in meteorological terms) as being one of just three meteorologists to join the Caterpillar Club.

    Brian

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    Brian,

    Crew numbers varied, 4-5 being the norm. In Cory's case, there were actually three (3) navigators onboard (Cory was a qualified Nav, as well as a pilot).

    Chase up the story here:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=1066021

    and...

    http://454-459squadrons.org.au/459members/coryag.html

    Happy New Year,

    Col.
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    Much obliged and compliments of the season to you Col.

    I'm unable to access the first reference (session expired), but the second is very helpful. Since it was a training flight not terminating at Cairo it may be that Wilson either cadged a lift for some R&R in Khartoum or was en route to a new posting, although whether a training sortie would be considered appropriate for the latter is debateable.

    Brian

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