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422 Squadron Captains And Crews
 
 
 

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Bob Anderton
CREW MEMBERS
Archie J.J. Bain
Danny Daniels
Norman Dodd
Joe Elliott
Gord Fountain
Fred Hirtle
Joseph Leskiw
Keith Mitchell
Lloyd Sankey

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Jack Bellis
ORIGINAL CREW
Joe Corkindale
F.E. "Jimmy" Higgins
L. Hutchinson
John Knox
Mitchell Lamb
Kenneth Middleton
Charles Rixson
Ralph Shepherd
J.Dave Ulrichsen
Don Wells

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Roy Berryman (later Kip Johnson)
CREW MEMBERS
Jack Bowers
Al Bunn
Fred Crick
Arnold Gallop
Phil Garraway
'Digger' Grinham
Howard Hitchcock
Kip Johnston
Alex May
Chuck Turnbull
R. Walters

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G. W.. Bolton
CREW MEMBERS
Clare Alcott
J. Brownridge
R. Buckland
Norman Cooper
Gord Eadie
J. Fleming
D.J. Harvey
Don Porteous
Stu Stuart
Rosco Wright

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Doug Brooks
CREW MEMBERS
Tommy Abbott
Ken Brown
Jack Caton
Benny Hunt
D.K. Jones
Jim MacLean
Bill Maclean
John Moyles
Len Saffron
Don West
Frank Withey

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Sid Butler
(Sunderland L)
ORIGINAL CREW
Bill Bartley
Cliff Cunliffe
E. Elliston
J. Greaves
G.A. Jeffrey
W.S. Johnson
L. Oldfield
Al Ormerod
J.M. Parr
D.F. Porteous

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Ted Cook
CREW MEMBERS
W.J. Bice
T.E. Campbell
Fred Field
Joe Fink
Stan Jones
Terry Reeves
Norm Rowley
W.C. Schmidt
T. Speedie
John Walker

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Jacques De le Paulle
CREW MEMBERS
Al Bolton
Spider Bruce
Earl Hiscox
Bill Holroyd
Roy Jollymore
Art Joyce
Mac McElroy
David McPherson
Ken Middleton
Russ Myles
Ralph Ruskin
Don Wells

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Denny Denroche
CREW MEMBERS
Frank Burke
Mac Campbell
Percy Cuttle
Don MacFie
Harold Matthews
S.W. Mazur
Tiny McCannell
Sam McCrae

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Lloyd Detwiller
CREW MEMBERS
S. Baker
A. Berry
V. Best
B. Bowen
J. Bruce
T. Chappel
J. Eadie
B. Main
B. Patterson
T. Pidcock

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Cam Devine
CREW MEMBERS
George Allan
George Colborne
Jack Forrest
Sam Hawkins
Roger Jeal
Del Oderkirk
Bob Parker
Alex Platsko
Chuck Singer
R.T. Wilkinson

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Duke Duclos
CREW MEMBERS
Les Agan
Joe Ballack
Pat Burns
Shorty Hepplestone
Vic Kelly
Bob Peel
Jack Reimer
J. Ritchie

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Harry Duggleby
CREW MEMBERS
R.Gordon Adams
George W. Allan
Vic W. Best
J.W. Brownbridge
R. Buckland
N.H. Cooper
Loyd F. Detwiller
Gord Eadie
J.H. Shand
S.W. Stuart

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Etherington ( First name unknown)
CREW MEMBERS
L.H. Blain
R.T. Blatchford
J.H. Haslam
W.C. Kitchen
H.J. Lepper
C.A. McLaurin
J.B. Moore
R.W. Morrison
W.B. Murphy
E. Rowney

Art Fair (No photo available)
CREW MEMBERS
H.M. Bush
S.J. Eshelby
B.L. Gouthro
Earl Hiscox
W.D. Holroyd
Art Ireland
Mac McElroy
D. McPherson

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Fred B. Fallis
CREW MEMBERS
L.H. Blain
R.T. Blatchford
J.H. Haslam
W.C. Kitchen
H.J. Lepper
C.A. McLaurin
J.B. Moore
R.W. Morrison
E. Rowney

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Gus Gauss
CREW MEMBERS
Buzz Brazier
Romeo Freer
Red Hircock
Hank Nesbitt
Keith Orchard
Sid Rowe
Wally Smythe
Ted Spriggins
Ed Stubbings
Albert Whitely

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Larry Giles
CREW MEMBERS
George Ashie
Irvine Brown
Spider Bruce
Roy Clair
Bill Crocker
Russ Myles
Tom McNeillie
Jim Nesbitt
N.C. O'Dell
Doug Park
Hubert Smiley

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Joe Goldthorpe
CREW MEMBERS
Bill Braun
Ken Brown
Stew Church
Oliver Dell
Paul Ellis
Wally Kerhoute
Harry Lyttle
Bill May
Al Ropelski
Al Winnick

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George Holley
CREW MEMBERS
Gordon Adams
P. Andrew
Rocky Burke
Keith Fleming
Tom Frair
Bill Gathings
Lew Guggiari
J. Hamilton
Bill Parker
Jack Seeley
Claude Senton

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Jack Langmuir
CREW MEMBERS
Tommy Boyle
_ Doenetz
Vic Driver
Roy Haines
Harold Matthews
Bernie Parker
Charlie Rafter
Art Skee
Tommy Thompson

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Len Limpert
(Sunderland J)
ORIGINAL CREW
H. Currie
A. Dawson
Roy Dewar
E. Earnshaw
Jackson Irvine
E. McCann
W. McEwen
D.L. Sproule
Alan Thomson

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Jack Logan
CREW MEMBERS
Art Bellis
Bruce Currie
George A. Dawson
Roy Dewar
Fred Field
Joe Fink
Syd Irving
Vic Robinson
Bill Stukus
John Walker

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Ken MacKenzie
CREW MEMBERS
Archie Bain
Danny Daniels
Norm Dodd
J. Elliott
G. Fountain
Joe Leskiw
Keith Mitchell
Russ Percy
Don Pickering

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George Maier
CREW MEMBERS
Maurice Annely
Rick D'Amico
"Digger" Grinham
Fred McBrien
Charles McCarthy
Pat Patterson
Russ Percy
Taffy Rowlands
Don West

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Bill Martin
(Sunderland K)
ORIGINAL CREW
John Bannister
Ray Carlson
A. Farmer
F. Grainger
Sgt Morton
A. "Pat"Paterson
Don Smith
Art Spear
Mike Stefanick
Jim Underwood

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V. K. McCuaig
CREW MEMBERS
R. M. Cohen
W.A.R. Denton
W. A. Dunk
J. R. Hagan
A. J. Hutchinson
R. T. Quinn
J. D. Shaw
J. T. Shum
A. B. Zion

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D. McNanamy
CREW MEMBERS??

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D. Mills
CREW MEMBERS
F.Ross Bowling
A Harriman
G. Lee
Ken MacKenzie
W. H. Ozard
A. A. Tollstan
E. A. Turnbull
W. S. Wildman

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Peter Moffatt
CREW MEMBERS
Al Bolton
Irvin Brown
"Spider" Bruce
George Clare
George Cranmer
Bill Crocker
Larry Giles
Greg Gingell
Russ Myles
N.C. O'Dell
Hubert Smiley

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Frank Morton
CREW MEMBERS
Frank Cauley
Hugh Gallaher
Roy Henry
F.E. Ted Higgins
Chuck Holland
Joe Nespor
Ted Roberts
Jim Rushton
Rene Simard

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Hank Nesbitt
CREW MEMBERS
"Buzz" Brazier
W.H. Curtis
G.M. Frost
Keith Orchard
C. Powell
Sid Rowe
Wally Smythe
Ed Stubbings
Albert Whitley

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Frank Paige
ORIGINAL CREW
R.B. Bryers
J.W. Clarke
J. Hird
W.G. Hopps
D.A. O' Dowd
D. Purvis
D.H. Richardson
J. Rowe
R. Sherwood
W.R. Thompson

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Dave Patton
(Sunderland A)
ORIGINAL CREW
K. Braid
Graham Buckley
C.J. Collins
F.G. Fellows ( My grandfather )
Arnold Gleason
J.H. Harris
J.L. Kennedy
R.I. Perks
R.C. Stocks

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Bud Rothschild
CREW MEMBERS
M.J.L. Annely
W. A. Crawley
George Maier
Fred McBrien
J. Motion
J. M. Noon
J.L. Norris
A.M. Paterson
W.A. Riddell
R.G. Rowlands

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Paul Sargent
(Sunderland H)
ORIGINAL CREW
W.F. Beales
E.F. Burton
K. Einarson
D. Mesney
L. Needham
D.M. Parker
J. Rutherford
J.H. Shand
Ches Steeves

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Don Simco
ORIGINAL CREW
F.J. Ashley
Tommy Clear
Bob Cruly
D.K. Jones
Bob Nurse
H.A. Parker
J.R.Patterson
Norman Silk
D.F. Watson
J.L. Watson
E.G. Wimperis

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Larry Skey
(Sunderland C) ORIGINAL CREW
A.P. Buckley
Jim Duffee
J. Eshelby
Art Fair
Romeo Freer
B. Gauthro
Earl Hiscox
Bill Holroyd
Art Ireland
R. Jollymour

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"Budge" Stevens
CREW MEMBERS
N.P. Cook
__ Emery
Hugh Gallaher
Ted Higgins
Chuck Hollands
A.J. Hutchison
G. Lewis
Jim Rushton
A.A. Smith

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Alan Tomlinson
CREW MEMBERS
Reg Bodsworth
Tom Chappell
Bud Crookes
Lloyd Detwiller
Jim Eadie
George Fleming
Stan Ford
Les Hebenton
Syd Irving
Bert Jones

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Ulrichsen
CREW MEMBERS
N. Barrett
B.G. Burton
N.P. Cook
R.M. Fisher
Greg Gingell
C. G. Gorrie
N. Lewis
W. McKay
R. A. Park
R.H. Strauss

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Bill Wallace
(Sunderland B)
ORIGINAL CREW
Alf Challinor
Gord Chamney
Johnny Edward
F.E. Jimmy Higgins
John Humphreys
Ken Pye
Jack Rixson
Ernie Webster

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D. A. Weir
CREW MEMBERS
Les Agan
Joe Ballack
Pat Burns
Duke Duclos
Shorty Hepplestone
Vic Kelly
Bob Peel
Jack Reimer
Wally ?

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Johnny Wharton
CREW MEMBERS
J.A. Bens
J.W. Duffee
E.W. Leach
J. Metcalfe
Don Porteous
T. C. Robinson
Bill Rodgers
E.V. Sharplin
E.G. Wimperis

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At 11.55 hrs. 12th August 1944 Sunderland NJ175 , 422 RCAF lifted off from Lough Erne and headed out towards Donegal Bay bound for the Bay of Biscay.
As she headed out her starboard outer reduction gear failed and the propellor broke off and lodged in a float.
(The propellor on the pegusus could not be feathered - the prop "windmilled" and broke off - 422 lost an aircraft to the same fault in Sept 43 and no doubt other aircraft were lost as well).
(Will finish this tomorrow).
The Sunderland was ordered to fly out to Donegal Bay and to ditch there , this was impossible - the fullyloaded aircraft was unable to maintain height , loosing airspeed and was becoming increasingly difflcut to control. (Three engines could not sustain a fully loaded aircraft so soon after take off ).
In an attempted to get the weight down an attempt was made to jettison the depth charges , they managed to get rid of some but the rackgoing out further reduced the airspeed and complicated the situation , they managed to start jettisioning fuel just before the force landed
on a piece of bogland which looked level and with great effort Devine managed to get lined up on it and put his aircraft down.
The aircraft broke up on impact and burst into flames , local people ran to the scene and asisted the injured aircrew get some of their colleagues out.
Attached the crew of Cam Devine which crashed at Corlea near Belleek.
The injured and the dead were taken to the Sheils hospital at Ballyshannon , the injured were treatedfor their injuries many of which were serious.

The forcelanding occurred in Eire / The "Free State" and the Irish authorities quickly contacted the base to say what had taken place and allowed the RAF / RCAF to enter the republic and to remove the remains of the aircraft - ensuring that muntions and machine guns were all accounted for.
The Irish Goverment frequently allowed the RAF to enter the republic to recover crashed aircraft and aircrew - few of whom were interned and if so for a short period only before being allowed to return to Britain.
The Irish Army intellignece whilst assisting the RAF on one hand were careful to make notes and observations on the Allied forces - their equipment , standard of training , how they conducted themselves and any information disclosed regarding their base , operations and future intentions.
Within these reports are some excellent snippets of information and some disinformation sown by the RAF officers.

The injuries to the crew Killed F/lt E.C. Devine ( Pilot ) aged 22.
( Buried Irvinestown Church of Ireland ).
P/O. J R Forrest W.Op / AG.
( Buried Irvinestown Roman catholic Churchyard).
F/O. R T Wilkinson Pilot aged 22.
(Buried Irvinestown Church of Ireland).

Surviving crew members. Sgt Allen ( Navigator).
Severe head injuries , burns to hands and legs.
Sgt Jeal. ( Flt/Engineer).
Fracture to spine , extensive burns to his hands and face.
Sgt Colbourne (A/G).
Head injury , fractured right leg.
Sgt Platsko. ( 2nd Pilot).
Head injury.
Sgt Oderskirk.(W.Op/ AG).
hand and facial injuries.
Sgt.Clarke (FME/AG).
Compressed fracture of the spine.
Sgt Singer ( A/G).
Fractured left arm.
P/O A. Locke.
(W.Op/AG).
Head injury.

Mr. Joe O'Loughlin from Belleek along with Mrs Briege McCusker a local historian have been instrumental in erreting a solid and lasting memorial on the site of the crash , this has been visited by members of 422 RCAF Asscoiation who have been regular visitors to Ireland in post war years.

The members of the crew who died were formally handed over to the RAF at Belleek , on the "Border" , the Irish Army from Finner camp providing a guard of honour.

The photo below shows the crew.
Standing.
F/E Sgt Jeal , A/G Sgt. Colburne , A?G Sgt Singer , F/E. P/O. R C Parker.
Seated. W.Op /AG Sgt J Forrest , Nav. F/O Allen , CApt. F/Lt. Devine , 2nd pilot Platsko , W.Op /AG Hawkins.

(F/O Hawkins was not on this final flight , he had been replaced by P/O Locke.)

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Some parts from the Sunderland NJ175 , F/lt Devines crew which crashed near Belleek.


 
Special thanks to:
 
 James Stewart     N.Ireland 
Joe O'Loughlin     N.Ireland
    Breege Mc Cusker  N.Ireland 
John Newall         Canada
                               Richard Lebek  Canada ( crew member U-672)
Norman Lebek   Canada
 Roland Berr      Germany
                                Harry Lorkin   U.K. (RAF 226 Squadron)          
     John Rogers          UK            
                                    N.Jack Logan       Canada   (RCAF 422 Squadron)
              Les and Maureen Ingram  Scotland
   Bill Barber            Canada    
  Robert Walsh        N.Ireland  
                         Capt. Jerry Mason USN (ret.)  Canada         
             Blake Wimperis      Canada              
                                   Robert Quirk     Canada                                          
                                    Norm Muffitt          Canada                                      
                         Lt/Col S. Beaton     Canada  (Camp Borden)
       Stephanie Pinder     USA            
    Alec (Johnny) Johnston    N.Z.
                 Stephen Kerr           N.Ireland             
                                   Reg Firby               Canada (RCAF 423 Squadron)
         Maurice Duffill         Australia     
                   John Hartshorn              UK                     
                                  Don Macfie      Canada ( RCAF 422/423 Squadron)
                               Frank Cauley   Canada  ( RCAF 422 Squadron)
                                Harold O'Brien  Canada  ( RCAF 423 Squadron)
                                   James Newall          UK        ( RAF 423 Squadron)
      Ian Meadows                    UK
                     Bill Baker                 Canada               
John Taylor      Canada
            Gordon Burke              Canada
          Carol Whittle                    U.K.

Last Update on Dec 07 , 2010