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

We Fight by Night! – “Bubbles” Chandler

We Fight by Night

I could not find more information about “Bubbles” Chandler,

Who was “Bubbles”?

RAF West Malling

I would have like to tell you more about him. At first I thought he was an airman buried in Holland, but it did not make sense since the airman was a pilot who died in 1940. Click here for more details.

Bubbles most probably survived the war and had descendants. We will just have to wait and see.

Fred Gash and “Bubbles” Chandler

Jock Mair, Gerard Pelletier, and “Bubbles” Chandler

Lou Butler, Jock Mair, and “Bubbles” Chandler.


Note

Flight Sergeant Gerard Pelletier’s niece has scanned her uncle’s album, and she is sharing it with everyone. If you use these images, please give due credit to Chantal St-Amour, and please don’t use them for commercial purposes.

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We Fight by Night! – Sergeant William Louis Butler

We Fight by Night

On page 3 of Gerard’s album we have captions to guide us in our time travel!

We are thus able to pay homage to some of Gerard’s friends who were probably stationed also at West Malling with 264 Squadron. Clues are plentiful as you can see if you click on the image for a larger view. They seem to have visited The Monastery at West Malling in the winter of 1941-1942.

Just a wild guess…

Collection Flight Sergeant Gerard Pelletier courtesy Chantal St-Amour

The names of Lou Butler, “Bubbles” Chandler, Fred Gash, and Jock Muir were written down by Gerard for posterity.

Who was Lou Butler?

Lou Butler

Lou Butler, Jock Muir, and “Bubbles” Chandler

I was lucky to find him on the Internet.

This is part of the PDF document below where we have a list of New Zealanders who fought in the Battle of Britain..

Lou Butler nz-battle-of-britain-list

Sergeant William Louis Butler is nowhere else to be found on the Internet except now on this blog.


Note

Flight Sergeant Gerard Pelletier’s niece has scanned her uncle’s album, and she is sharing it with everyone. If you use these images, please give due credit to Chantal St-Amour, and please don’t use them for commercial purposes.

To contact us, please leave a comment or use this contact form below.

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