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From "Review of the Month' (May) by Wing Commander P.W. Howson (Operations Record Book):


"The month saw still another record by our Maintenance, the average serviceability being up to 98% - an increase of a further 2% over the record peak of April -whilst the average output from Maintenance per day was 1.3 aircraft, also a record figure."


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Sgt John Edward Cosgrove Fitter IIE

Service Number 32514 -- 459 Squadron

Naval Co-operation Group - Middle East 1942-45


"Despite severe Hudson losses and damages John Cosgrove and his RAAF and RAF ground crew mates kept those Hudsons flying operationally, sometimes long past their "use-by" date.  Then when the Hudsons were deemed too "clapped out" for further ops they gave the same care and expertise to maintaining record monthly serviceability ratings to the replacement Venturas and Baltimores 459 flew until February 1945."


(from the editorial written by George Gray after discussions with his daughter Lesley Cosgrove and Tom Gaunt -- 2001-2002 Bulletin)


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454 Squadron RAAF Desert Air Force, Benghazi. Berka111 Libya 1943.  AC G.Mann UK and AC Bill Faunt UK, ground crew -- checking the gun turrets on Baltimore MK 1V and V fighter bomber. 


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This photo supplied by Henry Reid Smith - 459 Squadron




Tony Martin Collection - 459






Tony Martin Collection - 459







Tony Martin Collection - 459

459 Ground Staff