Tag Archives: December 1944

A break in Brighton…..

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Many thanks to Noel for reacting so quickly to last nights post about the Crawford crew with this wonderful picture of Bruce Crawford, Noel Thorpe and Noel’s Dad, Wynn Russell.

Noel says that the photograph was taken in Brighton in March 1944 with the caption ‘note the crowns‘ – clearly a hint that they are all Flight Sergeants. Based on the date of this visit to Brighton, it was certainly when Noel Thorpe was at No. 3 (P) A.F.U. – we must assume that therefore, Bruce and Wynn arrived in the UK at the same time and also were at No. 3 at the same time.

Clearly the boys were close and must have literally moved through training along side each other – arriving at 75(NZ) Squadron on the 21st, 30th and 31st of December 1944  respectively.

Tragically the 3 friends would not see the end of the War together. On the 26th of February 1945, whilst in formation over base, having returned from Dortmund, ME450 AA-W appeared to lose power in its starboard engines and whilst in a gentle right turn, the aircraft lost height and crashed North West of the airfield near the village of Chatteris at 16:10. As well as Noel Thorpe, the Navigator George William McManus, Joseph McKenzie Alfred the Air Bomber and Frederick Henry Saffill the Mid Upper Gunner were killed in the crash.

 

Form 540 January, February 1944 and February 1945 – complete for Project ORB

My repeated  thanks to Hubert for his continuing efforts transcribing the Squadron ORB’s. I am pleased to announce and present  another 2 new complete Form 540′s for January and February 1944.

Many thanks also to Brian for completing Form 540 for February 1945, which is also now presented within the ORB project collection

I will once again, repeat my call out to all of you for volunteers to join Hubert, Martyn, Dave and Brian in the ORB project – every month that someone finds the time to transcribe, completes another small part of the overall Squadron record and provides more information for people visiting the website.

View January 1944 here.
View February 1944 here.
View February 1945 here.

Form 540 November & December 1944 complete for Project ORB

My repeated  thanks to Hubert for his continuing efforts transcribing the Squadron ORB’s. I am pleased to announce and present  another 2 new complete Form 540′s for November and December 1944.

I will once again, repeat my call out to all of you for volunteers to join Hubert, Martyn and Dave in the ORB project – every month that someone finds the time to transcribe, completes another small part of the overall Squadron record and provides more information for people visiting the website.

View November here
View December here.