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May 1940 Mine laying
17th Oct 1940 Aircraft Lost
1st January 1941 Detachments
February 1941 Patrols
30th Mar 1941 Aircraft Lost
6th April 1941 Attack on the Gneisanau
23rd June 1941 On the Move
July 1941 Detachments
28th Oct 1941 On the move
December 1941 On the Move
1st Feb 1942 Crews reassigned
8th April 1942 Patrols
May 1942 Patrols
14th July 1942 Coastal Command
23rd July 1942 Relocation
August 1942 Move
1st August 1942 Detachments
24th October 1942 Escort Duty
13th December 1942 Conversion to the Flying Fortress
March 1943 Another Move
7th May 1943 Escort Duty
4th Jun 1943 Aircraft Lost
3rd January 1944
3rd January 1944 Return
31st July 1944 Aircraft Lost
13th September 1944 On the Move
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Wilbert "Andy" Anderson RAF St EvalDoes anyone remember my father, Wilbert Anderson (Andy), a young pilot from New Zealand who was stationed at St Eval Airfield in WWII?Deborah Anderson
Flt.Sgt. Leslie Harris 76 Squadron (d.29th June 1943)Although already in a Reserved Occupation, my father volunteered for the Royal Air Force and was posted to South Africa to undergo training as an Observer. He gained his Observer Brevet in 1942, returning to England that same year.
With a 10 O.T.U. detachment flying Whitley Mark 5s out of St Eval, he helped to track and bomb U-Boats. Apparently, one took offence at this treatment, after being caught on the surface, and promptly fired a shell, blowing a hole in the starboard wing of their machine. Later, still with 10 OTU, returning from a sweep, their aircraft suffered an engine fire. The pilot instructed the crew to take to their parachutes, thus saving their lives. Bravely staying at the controls the pilot lost his life in the crash. Suffering a fractured ankle and gaining his Caterpillar Badge from the Irving Parachute Company, my father spent some time in hospital before being transferred to 1658 HCU at Riccall in Yorkshire, converting to the Halifax bomber. From there he was posted to No. 76 Squadron then at Holme-upon-Spalding Moor. On the evening of the 28th June together with his crew, in Halifax Mark 5 MP-R DK137 took off for Cologne. The aircraft failed to return, having been shot down by a night fighter with the loss of the entire crew.Leslie
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