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My version now
A LETTER from your ardent contributor Mike Usherwood on October 16 carried information which I believe to be false.
He says his information came from the war diaries of Martin Middlebrook, which I maintain is not an official source.
The subject in question is the arrival of Whitley bombers at RAF Station Elvington. As someone that has researched the history of some 720 airfields and landing grounds in the UK, I can assure readers that his information is wrong.
I will now quote my version which was obtained from the Public Records Office. “On October 5, 1942, No.77 Squadron arrived at Elvington from RAF Station Chivenor, complete with a compliment of Whitley aircraft that had been used in Coastal Command.
“The reason for this move was because the squadron was due to become part of Bomber Command and would soon convert onto Halifax aircraft.”
This information also appeared in an article you published on October 8 which included a colour photograph of the said aircraft, submitted by the Yorkshire Air Museum.
Guy Jefferson, Shipton Road, York.