202 Squadron Association
A case of mistaken identity
In the early sixties, it was not uncommon for Coastal Command Shackleton aircraft to be u/s abroad (Norway, Iceland, Bermuda, Canada, etc.) -
It might be several days before Transport Command could provide an aircraft and crew to ferry out the replacement item. However, Coastal Command was very fortunate in that it had it's own private fleet of transport aircraft -
The full crew went on these trips -
About ten days later, a Royal Air Force police corporal appeared at the Squadron. He was carrying the Form 1250 of one of the met men (who was not even aware that it was no longer in his possession). The 1250 had been found in the BOQ at Argentia; the owner had been tracked down via the booking in book; and the ID Card had been returned by the American Military Police! The embarrassed owner said he must have dropped it when he was helping the officers with their baggage, and fortunately no one thought to query his name being in the book at reception!