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Old 30th November 2016, 15:54
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Re: FAA Corsair Squadrons. claims

Johnny Lowders victory on 1.04.1945 was a S/E aircraft on the ground.

Gerry Salmons victory on 6.4.1945 was shared with 3 Hellcats of 1844 (Bill Atkinson, Gammy Godson and ET Wilson)

Ian Stirling shared his victory with Lt PA Clarke.

9.8.1945 JH Bennet was a pilot of 1842.
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Old 30th November 2016, 15:55
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I am more than willing to be proved wrong. Many of these suggestions are interpretations of stuff I have read
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Old 30th November 2016, 16:00
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Re: FAA Corsair Squadrons. claims

.. on 4.1.1945 Rhodes, Burns and Singleton shared one victory, not two.

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Old 30th November 2016, 16:09
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12.04.45 For some reason I have Millard damaging a Tess and destroying a Judy? I think the Tess must be a ground victory, even as a suicide plane an unarmed transport wasn't going to be a success.
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Old 30th November 2016, 16:40
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By the way my sources are the Hanson biography; the ship bio "Send Her Victorious"(bought when I was a child); the British Pacific Fleet war diary, various BPF books, biographies of Atkinson and Sheppard online, the IWM taped interview of Bigg-Withers...Barret Tillmans history of the Hellcat and Corsair, David Browns Seafire history, in fact anything I could find on the BPF over the last twenty-something years...this sounds much sadder than it should. In truth I despair of the lack of precise information on this exotic and successful formation.

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Old 30th November 2016, 17:25
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Re: FAA Corsair Squadrons. claims

...Barlow and Dick share the victory on 4 May 1945? Reducing 1834 squadrons tally to 12 1/2.

Overall I believe that 1834/1836 (Victorious) and 1839/1844 (Indomitable) claim around 60 victories in the BPF 1944-45...1830/1833 (Illustrious) add another fifteen or so and 1841/1842(Formidable) make three, and that the Hellcats claim slightly more but refute the claims for supremacy in this theatre given by many sources.

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Old 30th November 2016, 18:16
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My information states that four were confirmed destroyed and two damaged. My sources indicate that the there were six claims so maybe its right?

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Old 30th November 2016, 19:54
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Re: FAA Corsair Squadrons. claims

Hi Gentlemen,

1- Col, thanks, I do have full names.

2- Keith, great response, much appreciated, it looks like we have both been a
pair of sad wotsits as I have pretty well done the same as you since the 1960's and with the same published sources you mention starting with a listing of FAA Far Eastern claims in "The Cassidy Bulletin" which Chris Shores used to Edit way back then.
I will amend my my records accordingly and continue what is I suppose a labour of love in researching this subject.

Have you seen the book by David Hobbs " The British pacific Fleet"? is it worth the outlay. I guess John Winton's "The Forgotten Fleet" is still the best so far.

Thanks again for your input

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Old 1st December 2016, 19:18
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I haven't read Hobbs book, but would be glad to when/if it reduces in price. 30 quid is a bit pricey for a ppbk. Its not even in the National Library of Scotland collection. I agree that John Winton is one of the greats. His fiction work "Aircraft Carrier" us the best I have read on carrier pilots in WW2.

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Hi Keith,

have you checked out this site:- http://www.armouredcarriers.com/landing

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