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Alex Out Of Interest 617 Sqn

May 30 2012 at 5:45 AM
Jason  (Login jwdp31357)
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I was doing some research on a tunic to an Aussie pilot who flew with 617's sister squadron and participated in the so called 'second dams raid'. I was going through his self written service personal file which he compiled when he applied to fly fighters in Korea. He lists himself as serving time with 617 squadron.
He is mentioned in the official history RAAF Vol 4 Air Power Over Europe 1944-45. He also participated in the Tirpitz Raids.
Bit of a story - washed out as a fighter pilot, applied to transfer to the navy (denied) - re trained as a bomber pilot (rated average), shot down by an intruder whilst at OTU & bailed out (awarded caterpillar badge), taken on strength by specialist squadron 'tallboys & grandslams' almost immediately after training, shot down over Norway, bailed out and evaded returned to England (Late Arrivals Badge) - later shot down a third time, test pilot for new merlin XX (I think) engines in Lancaster. After war re-trained on Mustang Fighters, served with BCOF, went to Korea where he ended in a shit fight with the CO who rated his fighter pilot ability as a danger to himself and the squadron after he nosed a P-51 into the ground upon landing bending the props and then got out of the plane leaving the engine running for the next pilot to take it up. Suprisingly the CO won, he was demobed. He later 'unofficially' went to Malaya to fight as a gurilla for Australia (I'm sure without Aus Government approval) and eventually became a TAA pilot. He is also eligable for the Order Of The Red Star and was decorated by the government of Norway.
At the moment his name slips my mind & I cannot find my research notes (sorry mate) but I will find it tommorrow and let you know his name.
After all this did he serve any missions with 617 (the plot thickens)


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