292 Sqn RAF 'Sea Otter' aircraft - any photos?

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by airlana, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. JimLow

    JimLow Junior Member

    Hi there. Regarding requests for photos, the only one I really have to add to what is already here is attached. John (Jock) Low is standing 6th from right. Only other identified is F/Sgt Pontius flagged as being centre back. Photo is from "E" flight Detachment HQ at Cox's Bazzar sometime in 1945. Feel free to chip in with any other ID's
     

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  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Jim,

    Welcome to the forum and it is amazing the information coming to light from posters.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  3. rach99n33

    rach99n33 Junior Member

    Hi, My wife's Grandad is fella on far right standing with hat on - Frank Harris. I printed the photo off and when I showed it to him he got an original copy out of his 'box of bits'. Remembered a few names of others in the picture. He reckoned this for this picture being taken was the only time he called remember F/Sgt Pontius came out of his office (behind where they were standing).
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Hello rach99n33

    Please post any further photos/info you have forum members will be very interested.

    regards
    Clive
     
  5. airlana

    airlana Member

    Thanks for the warm welcome. THere's a bit more information available about the film unit escapade. Have a look at AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT OF THE RAF AIR SEA RESCUE SERVICE IN BURMA (9/1/1945) | colonialfilm. It would be interesting to have a view of this footage

    Thanks for the link Jim. I will contact the IWM to see how to get a copy of the film.
    WG

    At long last managed to obtain a DVD of the film from the IWM. They were very good once I worked out the order procedure. The IWM link is
    [AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT OF THE RAF AIR SEA RESCUE SERVICE IN BURMA] [Allocated] | Imperial War Museums
    and cost £25 incl airmail post to Australia. You need to sign a statement that you will not make copies etc due copyright restrictions.

    The film runs for just over 4 mins with scenes of Sea Otters over the coast around Mayu Peninsular and Akyab. Also some good footage of the Sea Otters taxiing on the water and landing plus air to air of the aircraft in flight. The scene of the crashed Sea Otter is from the air (taken from Barney's aircraft) and is very brief and with little detail. There's no footage of any crew.

    Barney is thrilled to have the film come to light after almost 68 years. Anything on 292 Sqn Sea Otters is so hard to come by, this really is a 'gem'.

    Actually it's been a busy week for Barney. Not only receiving the film but today was the annual meeting and luncheon of the local branch of the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society. As Barney no longer drives I took him and his wife along. Wonderful day with a great bunch of guys although sadly the numbers are less as the years pass. Couple of the guys had attended the Bomber Command Memorial dedication in England recently.

    regards Ash/airlana
     
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  6. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Hi Ash, that's great you were able to get a copy of the footage. I have contacted the IWM but still awaiting a response. Best regards to Barney.
    Cheers
    Wendy
     
  7. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Came across these pictures when searching for something else and wonder if this album is connected to someone who has already posted here.
    The album's owner's father also served in E flight 292 Squadron:
    RAF in Burma & India are often called the "Forgotten War". Turns out Dad's squadron (292) very hard to find out about and only one reference to
    "E" flight
    sea otter3 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    caption under picture:
    EXTRACT From: Officer Commanding,. No. 292 Squadron. R.A.F.
    To: Area Air Sea Rescue Officer, Headquarters E.A.C.
    O.C. “E” Flight Cox’s Bazaar No. 292 Squadron
    Date: 3/2/45
    Monthly Progress Report
    No. 292 Squadron
    January, 1944.
    The Sea Otters of “E” Flight have been operating right up forward and were one of the first aircraft to be in {???} Rantes?? Isle. “C” Flight Ceylon appear to have had a very quiet month from the scanty information we have received. No. 292 Squadron Catalina Flight, although a myth has caused us more trouble than all the rest of the flights put together. A directive stated that No. 212 Squadron was absorbing this non-existent Flight. The M{?} D.s immediately redirected everything meant for us to No. 212 Squadron. As 212 Squadron are spread between Karachi and Calcutta, it has been a major operation getting our spares back.
    This one has already been posted I realize by Jim
    sea otter1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    the company of "E" flight 292 squadron RAF
    Cheers
    Mark

    Found the below in Mr. Quirk's transcriptions on 292 reports dated 3/2/45
    I wonder if anything came of it, Spitfire wise.

    http://www.rquirk.com/292trans/1630c078.pdf

    Another difficulty is the fact that three Sea Otters are operating from the battle area, their
    armament is poor, they have absolutely no armour, and the petrol tanks are not self-sealing. As a result
    two gunners were killed in a week, with one aircraft lost and one damaged. With the help of H.Q. No.231
    Group, flak-jackets have been obtained from the Americans, and arrangements are now being made for
    the Flight to have three Spitfires so that it can escort itself without having to call on already overworked
    outside fighters -- a practice that has been used for years in U.K.
     
  8. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Hi Mark
    Not an account I've come across, but the two photos are both in Tony Day's unpublished book The Air War over the Arakan 1942 to 1945.
    Cheers
    Wendy
     
  9. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Hi Mark
    Not an account I've come across, but the two photos are both in Tony Day's unpublished book The Air War over the Arakan 1942 to 1945.
    Cheers
    Wendy

    One of those books I wish had been published!
    Thanks for the update Wendy. This whole thread has been fascinating.
    Mark
     
  10. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  11. airlana

    airlana Member

    Hi Ash, that's great you were able to get a copy of the footage. I have contacted the IWM but still awaiting a response. Best regards to Barney.
    Cheers
    Wendy

    Hi Wendy,
    Glad you've caught up with the film details. Email if any problems
    ordering a copy and I'll give you the contact at IWM.
    regards Ash
     
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  12. airlana

    airlana Member

    One of those books I wish had been published!
    Mark

    Agreed. Would love to have a copy. Quite often see references to it.

    Thanks also for the photo links 292 sqn

    regards Ash
     
  13. Bob Turner

    Bob Turner Senior Member

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  14. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Thanks for the link Bob, there's some great photos on there also.
    Cheers
     

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