Tag Archives: national wars

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2008.26.1

Black and white photograph of rescue of a Swordfish crew in June 1944.

The rescue of a two-man Fairey Swordfish crew in June 1944 aided by 281 Squadron (Air-sea Rescue) from RAF Tiree. One crew member died later in hospital. Ship H91 is a small convoy escort vessel. Fairey Swordfish carried torpedoes and operated from aircraft carriers.

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2008.26.2

Black and white photograph of donor`s Wellington crew at RAF Tiree.

Wellington crew from 281 Squadron (Air-sea Rescue) at RAF Tiree.
L-R: (back) Sgt Bob Forbes (Wireless Operator & Air Gunner) F/O Johnny Rapp (Pilot), Sgt Pilot George (surname unknown) (2nd Pilot, Canadian Royal Air Force) Sgt Leo Crowther (W/O & A/G), (front) Ernest Haller (W/O & A/G), Pilot Officer Ces Hyde (Observer/Navigator)

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2008.24.1

Black and white photograph of Warrant Officer William Arthur Graham.

Warrant Officer William Arthur Graham who was killed when two Halifax aircraft collided in mid-air over Tiree airfield on 16th August 1944. William, who was twenty-one when he died, was in the Royal Australian Air Force. He was the son of William and Rose Graham of Sydney, New South Wales in Australia and husband of Mabel Graham of Preston in England. He is buried in Dalton-upon Furness cemetery.

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2007.122.7

Rescued airmen at Tiree pier in 1944

Photograph of rescued airmen at Tiree pier in 1944.

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Courtesy of Mr Geoff Pringle

In November 1944, one of starboard engines of Halifax LL123 from RAF Squadron 518 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Tiree airfield on weather reconnaissance duties. The flames were so intense the skipper decided to ditch in the Atlantic rather than risk returning to base.

Despite a thirty foot swell, the aircraft was safely ditched and the nine crewmen clambered aboard the inflatable dinghy with only minor scratches. To add to their danger, the water surrounding the Halifax was a sea of petrol, in the middle of which a fuel tank was bobbing about with flames issuing from a hole.

An Air-sea Rescue aircraft from Tiree dropped a second dinghy, then HMS ‘Flanders’ arrived to pick up the very much relieved airmen. They were given hot food, dry clothes and liberal amounts of Navy rum. The photograph pictures the crew safely back on Gott Bay pier.

Black and white photograph of the rescued aircrew of Halifax LL123 at Tiree pier.

The rescued aircrew of Halifax LL123 from RAF Squadron 518 standing at Tiree pier in November 1944. Far left: F/Sgt Ozzie Ozaist (Met Air Obs, Polish); forth from left: Flt Lt Freddy Green.

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