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Old 7th October 2019, 20:16
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W/Cdr L.S. Ford - CO 402 RCAF Squadron - ORB 4 Jun 1943

Wing Commander Leslie S. Ford was killed when his Spitfire AA980 was shot down by German E-boats off the Frisian Islands on 4 June 1943.

I wonder who can help me with the text for 402 RCAF Squadron in the ORB of 4 June 1943?

Remarkably his CWGC grave on Vlieland Island says his age was 22. Surely this must be 23 (30 Dec 1919-4 Jun 1943)? but even so, much too young...

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Old 7th October 2019, 21:31
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Re: W/Cdr L.S. Ford - CO 402 RCAF Squadron - ORB 4 Jun 1943

Have you tried the online ORB on the Canadian LAC microfilm?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5sxry9e0yn...1_06.xlsx?dl=0
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Old 8th October 2019, 08:13
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Re: W/Cdr L.S. Ford - CO 402 RCAF Squadron - ORB 4 Jun 1943

Dennis,
Will keep that website in mind for a next occasion! Was not aware of it.
Meanwhile another forum member has mailed me the pages I was after from the ORB, for which my thanks as well.

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Old 10th October 2019, 21:18
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Re: W/Cdr L.S. Ford - CO 402 RCAF Squadron - ORB 4 Jun 1943

Hello Leendert

The CO of 402 Squadron RCAF from May 1943 - June 1943 was S/Ldr L V Chadburn DFC, and from June 1943 - July 1944 was S/Ldr G W Northcott DFC, single engined squadrons were commanded by a Squadron Leader at that time, and Wing Commander L Ford would have been, most probably, a Wing Leader, at Digby, where 402 Squadron was operating from between March to August 1943, or perhaps a visitor who got unlucky!

I would be interested in how it is reported in the ORB.

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Old 11th October 2019, 15:13
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Re: W/Cdr L.S. Ford - CO 402 RCAF Squadron - ORB 4 Jun 1943

Allan,
Indeed, W/C Ford became Wing Leader of the Digby Wing rom mid-April 1943, I later found out and not CO of 402 Sqdn. Confusion was because on 4 June 1943 he flew a mission with 402 Sqdn, but this evidently not as a pilot of this unit but in his capacity of the Digby Wing Leader.


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Re: W/Cdr L.S. Ford - CO 402 RCAF Squadron - ORB 4 Jun 1943

You might also try to locate a copy of Stephen J Nickerson's bio of Ford: Traded for 22 Spitfires. It is on Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Traded-Twenty...3&unfiltered=1
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