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1941 Jul - Sep

M.565

1 Jul 1941 to Aug-45

First Officer

Percy James Wulliens Cruttenden

ata percy cruttenden 1931 1931

ata percy cruttenden

ata percy cruttenden 2

 ATA

flag england b. 16 Aug 1905, Bexhill on Sea

prev. a Prison Officer in Cardiff

m. Tetdora Anna Oltmans in 1933

When Douglas Bader crashed his Bulldog at Woodley Aerodrome, Reading, in 1931, "a man called Cruttenden got to the Bulldog first, undid the straps, somehow dragged Douglas out of the cockpit, and transferred him to an ambulance ... Cruttenden stuck a large hand tightly over his leg... Douglas was convinced that Cruttenden saved his life by that action alone." The Bader Wing

Ferry Pools: 2, 6

'A competent and careful all round pilot, who has completed 4 years excellent work with No 2 Ferry Pool. As an officer, he has been deservedly popular with all ranks.'

Prison Commission, 1961

d. 1978, Brighton

M.548

9 Jul 1941 to Sep-42

2nd Officer

Prince Suprabhat Chirasakti

suprabhat chiraskti 1936

1936

 ata suprabhat chiraskti

ATA

flag thailand b. 4 Sep 1917 or 1918, Bangkok, Thailand

  

 hurricane XII

d. 12 Sep 1942 (Killed in ATA Service) -  Hurricane XII JS346 collided with hillside in poor visibility at Ewes Les Farm nr Mosspaul Inn, between Hawick and Langholm, Dumfrieshire.

M.448

12 Jul 1941 to Sep-41

First Officer

Vincent George Govett

ata vincent govett

ATA

flag england b. 1910, Islington, London

RAF from 1931; 33 Sqn Bicester from 1932, 503 Sqn Waddington from 1934 then the Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, Biggin Hill from 1936.

May 1932: "GRANTHAM AIRMAN FINED Vincent George Govett. of No. 3 Flying School, R.A.F., Grantham, was fined 5s at Lincoln Police Court to-day for not having a red rear light on his motor-cycle and 5s for failing to illuminate his identification plate in Lincoln High-street on May 7."

Flt-Lt in RAF Reserve; BOAC, Bristol

beaufighter 6

d. 8 Sep 1941 (Killed in ATA Service) - Beaufighter X7640 crashed 3 miles SW of Capel Curig, Snowdonia

M.585

15 Jul 1941 to c.1945

First Officer

Victor Richard Baxter-Jones

ata victor baxter jones 1936 1936

ata victor baxter jones ICCL

ata victor baxter jones 1947 1947

flag england b. 7 Jun 1918, Wells, Somerset

Educated at Jordan Hill College School, Glasgow

gertrude eklid 1939 Trudy's 1939 RAeC Cert photo

m. 1940 Gertrude 'Trudy' [Eklid], 1 daughter

RAFVR Mar-Nov 1937

prev.  Ground Engineer for Bristol Aeroplane Co

Address in 1941: 7 Market Hill, Calne, Wilts

d. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, Gainesville GA

"Mr. Baxter-Jones also became the senior concierge at Maxim's de Paris in Palm Springs, Calif. He was loved by all the hotel guests for his English appearance, accent and manners.

When World War II ended Mr. Baxter-Jones worked for the De Havilland Aircraft Company. This career took him from England to the United States in 1957. He lived in Rockford, Ill., Plymouth, Mich., San Antonio, Texas, and Palm Springs, Calif., until moving to Georgia in 1992. He loved the friendly people and beauty of the state of Georgia especially the birds, the wildlife and the climate.

He met the love of his life, Trudy at a flying club in England at the beginning of World War II. She had learned to fly and had made a solo flight before they married. He felt that it was too dangerous for a woman to fly during the war so she never flew again.

Mr. Baxter-Jones wished to be cremated and his ashes returned to his birthplace, in Wells, Somerset, England. A memorial service will be performed at a later date in his beloved Wells Cathedral. 
Mr. Baxter-Jones is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Steve McMillian, Gainesville; granddaughter and husband, Shea Jaworski, North Little Rock, Ark.; great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Vincent and Anna Jaworski; and his niece, Penelope Baxter-Jones, Hampshire, England. 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gainesvilletimes/obituary.aspx?pid=169428667#sthash.9bPDOeu4.dpuf"

M.655

16 Jul 1941 to 15 Jul 1942

[364 days]

 

First Officer

Aleck Jack 'Al' Gingiss

 ata al gingiss cnac

with China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) flying 'The Hump' between India and China, 1942-3

http://cnac.org/gingiss01.htm

flag usa b. 9 Aug 1915, St. Paul MN

Ed. Hibbard High School, Chicago

Address in 1941: 2100 Lincoln Park W, Chicago IL

Next of kin: (Mother) Betty Gingiss

prev. "Pilot. Salesman. Treasurer. [of what?]"

 prev. exp. 1500hrs

 

Postings: 1FPP

Off sick from 22 Mar to 25 Apr with appendicitis.

"A pilot of fully average ability. Has carried out his duties satisfactorily."

 

'Gen' Genovese says Al was "addicted to horseplay", because "you can't fly constantly under the most difficult conditions without having some kind of relief... so, a lot of us took our relief in the air - in horseplay."

One such incident was when Al, Genovese and Steve Beville [q.v.], on a delivery flight in December 1941, discovered that their 3 Hurricanes had loaded guns, so they used them to do some duck-shooting; taking aim at the royal ducks in the grounds of Windsor Castle. "Actually you don't hit many ducks ... the accuracy required when drawing a bead on a slow-moving mallard through the gun-sights on a Hurricane doing 250 mph is enough to make it a truly competitive proposition."

Unfortunately, Al flew straight into a flock of ducks, which cracked his windscreen, broke his propeller, and, when he jettisoned the hood it crashed into the vertical tail fin.

He made a good forced landing. "The story he told the Accident Committe was far more interesting", says Genovese; "He was flying extremely low due to bad weather, and, in accordance with international law, he flew on the right side of the tracks. Becuse he couldn't see clearly, he ran smack into a flight of ducks."

"The fault was entirely on the part of the ducks," Gingiss concluded in relating his story. "They were flying on the wrong side of the tracks."

He got away with it. The official report simply says "Landed on rough part of runway & nosed over. Pilot forced to make glide approach in difficult wind conditions as he had flown into flight of bird."

 

The following month, Al and Gen were delivering a couple of Beaufighters to Scotland. Again, Al made the "happy discovery" that his guns were loaded. "He fired a couple of bursts under my tail by way of telling me what he had found. I promptly investigated and found mine in the same condition."

They looked around for something to shoot up, and discovered some mines just off-shore. They exploded 9 mines between them in 20 minutes, then completed their deliveries.

The Air Ministry "raised particular hell about that little incident - in a dignified way, of course. All ATA pilots (especially "American pilots") were "warned and advised against such conduct, on pain of permanent suspension."

 "I have a sneaking suspicion they're talking about us", Al said.

 

d. Jan 21, 2006, "devoted husband of Carmel (nee Becker), loving father of Nancy, Steven and Anthony Gingiss, dear brother of the late Bill, Ben, Birdie Rosenthal and Mitzi Bessman, cherished grandfather of Frances, Gabrielle and Abby Gingiss, fond uncle of many nieces and nephews, dear brother-in-law of Veronica Gingiss."

Obituary here

M.632

21 Jul 1941 to Nov-41

First Officer

Elmer Edward 'Dutch' Uhlich

 ata elmer uhlich

ATA

flag usa b. 21 Jun 1914, Riverside MI

B 24 Liberator RAF Bomber

 d. 23 Nov 41 (Killed in ATA Service) - Liberator AL562 caught fire and crashed into the sea south of Burrow Head, Wigtownshire, en route Prestwick to Hawarden.

'Gen' Genovese (q.v.) wrote later that "the ship was one of the first Liberators in England, but ... through some grim blunder on someone's part the anti-aircraft crew had not been advised of its being a new addition to the British Air Force. Elmer Ulich (sic) was shot down and killed by British anti-aircraft fire."

The official accident report says "Insufficient evidence to establish cause but thought to be through bad weather causing aircraft to catch fire in the air."

The letter to his father says "At the time of writing I can add no further information as the investigation is proceeding and may possibly not yield anything conclusive. You will understand, of course, that in aircraft accidents it is sometimes impossible to ascertain the cause and in such cases it is better not to speculate on them."

... Sounds to me like 'Gen' might be right ...

 

Pilot F/O Francis Bush also killed.

 

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial:

ata elmer uhlich grave

M.631

24 Jul 1941 to 23 Jul 1942

[364 days]

 

First Officer

Joseph 'Gen' Genovese

ata joseph genovese cnac

with China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) flying 'The Hump' between India and China, 1942-3

http://cnac.org/genovese01.htm

flag usa b. 6 Jan 1911, New York

Ed. New York University (B.S. in Commerce)

married

prev. a commercial pilot, and aircraft production engineer. USA Air Corps Flying Cadet from Sep-38 to Apr-39,

Address in 1941: 4144 Pacific Highway, San Diego CA

Address of mother (Anna): 68 Aberdeen St., Brooklyn, NY

 

Postings: 16FPP, 6FPP, 1FPP

He was suspended without pay 3 times in his year with the ATA:

- 15 Feb 42, for 3 days, for 'conduct and neglect prejudicious to the interest of A.T.A.';

- 26 Apr 42, for 2 days for Low Flying, and

- 7 Jul 42, for 7 days for Shooting up Ratcliffe.

And also had one accident, when he force-landed his Airacobra after a complete engine failure. Not his fault.

His C.O. reckoned him a "willing and able pilot, somewhat self-opinionated in character", but a later report describes him as "a very capable pilot but unreliable both as an officer and in the air."

He says he was offered a new contract but declined it, because "I was eternally maddened by that rule against instrument flying. They should have been teaching it to their pilots instead of forbidding them to do it; had they done so many lives might have been saved."

 

After ATA and then CNAC, he joined Republic as a test pilot. In March 1944, he was the pilot of a Thunderbolt which suffered engine failure: "Miss Marjorie McCutcheon was treated for bruises when a plane crashed into her home. The plane glided downward on a line toward the McCutcheon home, shearing 3 powerline poles before crashing into the kitchen. Capt Genovese was bruised and one knee was injured."

 

Wrote 'We Flew Without Guns', 1945 (having apparently promoted himself to 'Flight Captain'):

We Flew Without Guns Ad front

 

d. 10 Apr 2010

M.652

25 Jul 1941 to Jan-42

First Officer

Neville Vezey Bertram

flag england b. 23 Dec 1910, Birmingham

prev. RAF 1929-34, No. 12 Bomber Squadron, R.A.F., Andover, Hants.

declared bankrupt in 1934, then went into advertising

 m. Joan Grumbar in 1935

[Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary reasons]

d. 1956, London

M.589

26 Jul 1941 to Feb-42

3rd Officer

Simpson Fernald Berry

 

flag usa b. 7 Nov 1905, Boston MA

prev. 'Civilian Military Training Camp from Aug-Sep 1925. Rank Private' (that appears to be it)

also, testing refrigerators and ferrying 'new small aeroplanes'

Contract Terminated by ATA - Failure to reach required standard (3 pilot-at-fault accidents), coupled with disobedience of ATA Standing Orders by repeatedly flying above heavy cloud.

M.663

6 Aug 1941 to Aug-42

First Officer

Thomas George Moawood

ata george moawood 2 c. 1935

ata george moawood 

Poughkeepsie Journal, 1941

flag usa b. 16 Dec 1900, Rutland VT

The son of George and Anna Androus Maouat; his birth certificate showed his name as Maouat, and he later changed his name to 'Moawood'.

He was described as "leading pilot of the Hudson Valley and motorboat racer" in 1932, when he was hit by the propeller of a plane when he spun it, fracturing his arm.

He accidentally shot a railroad electrician in 1936, when he and Harold Merte were fooling about with a rifle, shooting from the window of an office at the airport. Roger Gardner, the airport manager, tried to get them to stop but, when he tried to grab the rifle from Thomas, it went off and hit 22-year old Arthur Knapp in the thigh. Luckily, he was not seriously injured.

 Address in 1941: 269 Mansion St, Poughkeepsie, NY

In 1941, he had been "flying near Poughkeepsie and vicinity for the past 20 years."

Postings: 1FPP

"A keen officer who has carried out all his duties satisfactorily."

Sailed back to the US in August 1942 with his fellow ferry pilots Julius Petach and Lawrence King.

d. 1971

M.659

8 Aug 1941 to Dec-41

First Officer

Leslie 'Lee' Garlow

 ata lee garlow

ATA

flag usa b. 4 Oct 1908, Pittsburg PA

Adopted son of Leonard L Garlow, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Attended Tucson University in 1934-5 and was a member of the Sigma Chi social fraternity.

Next of kin given as: "Mrs Spencer Kennelly, 677 S Bronson, Los Angeles"

prev. Arizona and Michagan Flying Schools, then from 1930 a commercial pilot.

prev. exp. 1419 hrs.

 

Posted to 8FPP on 13 December, but got lost on one of his first ferry flights (22 December) and force-landed in Eire. See www.ww2irishaviation.com

Joseph 'Gen' Genovese (q.v.) described him as a "tall, handsome, curly-headed fellow with a trim black mustache, who, before coming to England, had made several pictures in Hollywood", although this (as is not unusual with Mr Genovese) may be a slight exaggeration; Lee only seems to have appeared as an extra in the 1938 musical, “Start Cheering”.

'Gen' also says that Lee had "brought the playboy spirit with him from the States, where he had been a rich man's son, a sportsman flier .. but Lee had changed after flying for the ATA for a few months. He was more serious and seemed to take a sincere pride in the work he was doing. He told me once that flying for England was the first real job he had ever had and the first honest responsibility he had ever felt."

His instructors rated him as a "man of excellent character ... a good pilot but overconfident."


 Hudson 4

d. 26 Dec 1941 (Killed in ATA Service) - Hudson III AE489 flew into ground nr Blacklaw Farm, 4 mi N of  Stewarton, Ayrshire, 15mi NE of Prestwick, in thick fog.

2nd Officer David Marks (q.v.) also killed.

It appears that Lee had taken the Hudson without proper authorisation, having altered his own paperwork (which was for a Wellington).

 

Buried Monkton and Prestwick Cemetery, Prestwick, but later moved to the Cambridge American Cemetery.

After his death, his friend Mrs Kennelly claimed to have Power of Attorney for Lee's affairs, and asked for all his belongings "including his wings if possible" to be sent to her, but to "keep such clothes of useful [sic] to others in England."

However, it then emerged that Lee had only been informally adopted by Leonard Garlow and his wife Martha Snyder. Leonard had pre-deceased Lee, but Martha, along with Mrs Kennelly and his natural mother, Elizabeth Squires (formerly Baker) all made a claim to Lee's estate.

His estate (including the £2,000 insurance money) was sent to the American Consulate and it took until 1946 for them to decide that all three women should be joint beneficiaries.

With thanks to Dennis Burke for his research

M.625

19 Aug 1941 to Oct-41

2nd Officer

Timothy John Manley Corsellis

ata timothy corsellis

ATA

flag england b. 27 Jan 1921, Eltham

"The reason for my discharge from the RAF was my application to be drafted to a fighter squadron in order that I might avoid the possibility of being ordered to take part in indisciminate bombing, which I would feel bound to disobey."

janes magister

d. 10 Oct 1941 (Killed in ATA Service) - Magister L8286 crashed at Warmanbie House, nr Annan, Dumfries.

Oxford DNB: "As with so many servicemen poets of the period, Timothy Corsellis first had his work published by the admirable Keidrich Rhys, himself serving as a gunner in the Royal Artillery. It belongs to the group of air force poets who include Henry Treece, John Pudney, and Vernon Watkins, while remaining distinctive and troubling. An edition of his collected poems has never been published. Corsellis's originality lies in his ability to reveal youthful disappointment with what was offered him. Barely grown up, and lacking his friend Weir's strong sense of cause, he wrote poetry that is a severe indictment of the grim world into which the war cast him.

Sometimes we pray to be hardened and callous,
But God turns a deaf ear,
And we know hate and sorrow—intimately,
And we do not mind dying tomorrow.
(Corsellis, ‘Dawn after the Raid’, Poems)"

M.629

26 Aug 1941 to Jan-42

2nd Officer

Percival John Collins

ata percival collins

ATA

flag england b. 6 Feb 1912, Woolwich, London

prev. A Civil Servant

janes hurricane

d. 29 Jan 1942 (Killed in ATA Service) - Hurricane V7001 crashed into hillside during snowstorm at Pen-y-Cae nr Ruabon

26 Sep 1941 to Nov-41

2nd Officer

John Robert Baker

ata john baker 1938

1938

ata john baker ATA

flag england b. 26 Jun 1915, London

prev. an electrician for the Borough of Stepney from 1932

prev. exp 25 hrs solo

L/AC in RAF 22 May - 4 Oct 1940. His 'reference' from them to the ATA says "After being reported extremely backward this ex-pupil was tested on 29th Aug 1940 after 5 hours dual on Oxfords, when it was found that he was definitely below average and completely lacking in air sense. His reactions were extremely slow, flying rough, cockpit drill hazy and judgement bad. He was therefore withdrawn from flying training. It is considered that this ex-pupil is entirely unsuited for the work of a Ferry Pilot".

Even his ATA flying test reported him as "keen, but painfully slow at times" and "very lacking in common sense".

Nevertheless, he was taken on as a Cadet.

And died a few weeks later, in a flying accident.

miles hawk trainer

d. 20 Nov 1941 (Killed in ATA Service) - Miles Hawk Major DP848 (ex G-AENS) on training cross-country flight ran out of fuel and hit hill nr Priddy Wells Somerset in bad visibility.

  1941 Oct - Dec