About Johnnie Horan

Unsung hero

RAF 264 Squadron

Sharing part of my research with you this morning while having my coffee which is turning cold…


I had seen that face before… I mean the air gunner on the right.

The pilot on the left is Michael Lister Haigh. On the right is the AI operator air gunner who is unidentified of this Website.

http://264squadron.co.uk/gallery/1940-1942/

It’s image 17. No caption but you have the file name that gives you the name of the pilot.

Johnnie Horan’s face is in Flight Sergeant Gerard Pelletier’s photo album.

The Boys at “264” Dispersal

Flight Lieutenant Pelletier added captions to most all the pictures he took.

Bill Moncur and Johnnie Horan

I got more and more curious about Johnnie…

This is what I found out about him on the Internet.


Evening Post, Volume CXXXIX, Issue 16, 19 January 1945, Page 7

SAVED THE CREW

COURAGEOUS GUNNER

DIED AT HIS POST

(R.N.Z.A.F, Official News…

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26 April 2017 – Searching for Jock Muir

Jock is on the left according to a caption. Gerard Pelletier had written the name Muir in his photo album.

Jock Muir was in fact Jock Mair.

Honest mistake.

This is what I found on the Internet thanks to a friend who led me to Jock.


RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

404565 Flight Sergeant LEWIS, Wallace George

Source:

AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/137/144 Commonwealth War Graves records

Aircraft Type: Defiant

Serial number: AA 377

Radio call sign:

Unit: ATTD 264 SQN RAF

Summary:

On 26th April 1942, Defiant AA377 crashed at Sheerness, UK, and the crew were killed.

Crew:

RAAF 404565 Flt Sgt W G Lewis, (Pilot)†

RAF Flt Sgt W Mair, (Gunner)†

Flt Sgt’s Lewis and Mair are buried in the Leysdown (St Clement) Churchyards, UK. Leysdown is a coastal parish and village in the north eastern side of Sheppey, six miles NNE of Faversham.

Flt Sgt Corserr a witness to a Court of Inquiry into the accident stated :

“ On 26th April WO Lauder, Flt Sgt Lewis and self were detailed for air to sea firing at the Leysdown range. Lauder was firing and Lewis and I were orbiting the range at approx 2000 feet. Sgt Lewis was approx 500 feet above me and half a mile in front when I observed that his port wing dropped, and he went into a vertical dive travelling in the opposite direction to his original course. It appeared that Lewis tried to pull out of this dive but only partially succeeded in doing so, when the machine turned to starboard and then hit the ground.”

Flt Sgt Rose, Flt Sgt Corser’s Gunner stated : 

“ We were at approx 2000 feet awaiting our turn to do our air firing practice. I saw a Defiant diving past us at a very steep angle about 50 feet away on our port side, this dive continued until 500 feet from the ground. The aircraft then went into a flat spin to starboard doing 3 or 4 slow turns before hitting the ground and bursting into flames 

The opinion of the Court was that : 

“ the accident was due to loss of control by the Pilot, but we cannot determine what caused the loss of control.

Wg Cdr CO RAF West Malling stated,:

“ I concur with the findings. There is no evidence to show whether the loss of control was due to some structural failure or to some temporary physical failure on the part of the Pilot.”

In Memory of Flight Sergeant Wallace George Lewis

404565, Royal Australian Air Force who died on 26 April 1942 Age 22

Son of Thomas Henry and Alice Lewis, of Bardon, Queensland, Australia.

Remembered with Honour Leysdown (St. Clement) Churchyard

In Memory of Flight Sergeant Air Gnr. William Mair

971422, 264 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 26 April 1942 Age 27 Son of David and Marion Mair, of Swinhill, Lanarkshire.

Remembered with Honour Leysdown (St. Clement) Churchyard

Flight Sergeant William “Jock” Mair

Officer Commanding “G” Flight – Flying Officer Gordon Frank Mason Apps

About the history of RCAF Station Winnipeg

Our Ancestors


RAF 66 Squadron (source Internet)

Gordon Apps was Officer Commanding of “G” Flight. His life story is on Wikipedia if you want to read it.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Apps


Excerpt

In the meantime, Apps applied to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He joined his old commander “Billy” Barker in the new air force on 19 March 1924. After a round of assignments to Winnipeg, Victoria Beach, Barrie, and Norway House, he was posted to an aerial survey project in 1926, tasked to photograph 25,000 square miles (65,000 km2) in the Red Lake District.[1]

Clarence sent me a link to RCAF records. G.F.M. Apps signed the “G” Flight 1927 report. 


I was able to take it from there.

More about Lieutenant Gordon Frank Mason Apps…

http://rcafassociation.ca/uploads/airforce/2009/07/gong-1a-b.html

APPS, Lieutenant Gordon Frank Mason – Distinguished Flying Cross – awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1918. Born in Kent, England, 3 May 1899; enlisted…

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Seven

Part 7

The Java Gold's Blog

Darwin Feb 19, 1942 – Australia’s Pearl Harbor

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Before the Japanese could launch their final assault on Java, they had to capture Bali as an airbase and to cut off the Allied air supply route from Australia. To accomplish this, a two pronged attack was planned. To the east, an air raid to destroy Darwin as an operational base and the invasion of Timor; and to the west the invasion of Bali. A task force, consisting of four carriers, two battleships and three heavy cruisers was directed toward Australia. The four carriers, from the 1st Carrier Air Fleet, were the Akagi, Kaga, Hiryū, and Sōryū, the very same ships that launched the assault on Pearl Harbor.

USAAF_49_FG_P-40_Darwin_Jun_1942_AWM_AC0175 Curtiss P-40E’s in Darwin – early 1942

It had taken the ground staff three whole days to get Major Floyd Pell’s 10 remaining P-40’s in shape for the long overwater crossing to Penfui Airfield…

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