One other Blenheim comment. The book says: Z6282 Machrihanish to Maydown 24.6.44 (772 Sqn pilot) I was under the impression that Z6282 was lost with 84 Sqn in the far east, and was destroyed on 7 Feb 42 in an air-raid on Sumatra. Can anyone confirm this please? I have not been able to get hold of a copy of the W1000-Z9999 book.
On page 238 of the book it states that the BuNos of the lend-lease General Motors FM-1s are not known. The first 90 aircraft, JV325 to 414, did not have US Navy serial numbers but those of the remainder, JV415 to 636, were as follows (all were accepted between July and October 1943):
Details of the General Motors FM-2/Wildcat VIs begin on page 245. The Fleet Air Arm received 340 of these, in small batches of 20 or 25, the aircraft being accepted between January 1944 and April 1945. Their US Navy serial numbers were as follows:
1) On page 224, BuNo 3865 is shown as having been lost on 19 July 1942. This was not an FAA loss as both pilot and unit involved were USN. It might be better to insert "Retd USN by 19.7.42".
2) On page 232, FN128 is shown as having force landed in Canada. This is incorrect. The engine failure occurred on a ferry flight from Norfolk to New York and the aircraft ditched just north of Little Creek Inlet VA.
3) On page 234, the reference to VC30 in the accident details for FN220 should be deleted. The aircraft was assigned to 882 Sqdn, ashore at Norfolk from Victorious. Hutchinson was attempting a landing on the CVE Charger but he neglected to retard the throttle on final approach and the aircraft floated over the wires. His hook caught the top barrier cables and was wrenched out. The Wildcat then struck the forward corner of the flight deck and bounced overboard.
4) Also on page 234, the details for FN193 are a real puzzle. Per RCS, the aircraft was assigned to 890 Sqdn at Hatston/Macrihanish in March 1943. In a 17 March 1943 US Navy accident summary S/L E.C. Pike is named as having crashed the aircraft (from VC13), on take-off from NAS San Diego, damaging two Corsairs of VF12. Clearly FN193 cannot have been in both locations at the same time. Of interest is that the identity of the aircraft in the report is given as '2899', which is not an F4F BuNo, but is the Grumman msn of FN193. One possibility is that there were two accidents on the same day at the two different locations, one involving FN193 in Scotland, the other, an unidentified VC13 F4F at San Diego, and the reports have somehow become merged?
The accident report gives the location as "East Field North Island" (not East Field VA), which is indeed confusing as East Field was part of NAS Norfolk. However the narrative clearly describes events at North Island, where VF12 and its Corsairs were then based. I have found a VC-13 F4F-4 loss with a date of 7-13-43. Transposing the 3 and 7 would give 3-17-43, indicating that it may be the aircraft involved.