FLEET AIR ARM
AIR-SEA RESCUE 1939-1945
LAND RESCUE BY GROUND TROOPS
Talbot, KG Sub Lt 806 Hurricane sqdn 23.11.1941 Sidi Haneish, sweep over El Adem, dogfight with Bf109s, force-landed in the desert. Crew rescued by retreating troops, returned to sqdn 2 days later.
RESCUED BY RESISTANCE FIGHTERS
Gowan, AA Sub lt, 879 seafire sqdn, HMS Attacker, 27.6.1944, bombed target at San Angelo with 5 spitfire IX of 4 sqdn SAAF, then hit by flak, baled out. Rescued by Partisans, returned 10.7.1944
Rawbone, AR Sub Lt 809 seafire sqdn, HMS Stalker, 24.8.1944, Operation Dragoon, armed tactical reconnaissance, force-landed NW of Nimes. Rescued and remained with Maquis resistance until 3.9.1944
RESCUED BY RUSSIANS
Gorrie, G Sub Lt and Train, NF LA, 817 albacore sqdn, HMS Furious, 30.7.1941, shot down by Bf109 in torpedo attack on Petsamo, ditched, crew to dinghy, cast ashore Murmansk 2 days later. Picked up by Russians.
RESCUED BY LAND TROOPS
Manders, PF Sub Lt, and 2 ground crew 826 albacore sqdn , 25.6.1942, during retreat from El Alemein, a/c failed to start at LG.15 after engine change, shot at Bf109, rest of sqdn had left, enemy approaching, aircraft abandoned. the 3 left by road.
Sturges, RJ Lt 879 sqdn, seafire, 10.9.1943, HMS
Attacker u/c lever jammed, landed
Pike, HJM Sub Lt, Brown, CM Sub Lt and LA G Rough 827 sqdn, HMS Indomitable, albacore, 5.5.1942 recce and a/s patrol of entrance to Diego Suarez harbour, shot up by French AA, ditched , drifted to Comoro island, found several weeks later, returned to the sqdn 3.6.1942.
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