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Thread: Dutch Pilot, Albert ('Peter') van Rood, RAFVR 111131

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    Default Dutch Pilot, Albert ('Peter') van Rood, RAFVR 111131

    This pilot was shot down with 41 Sqn as a Pilot Officer on 12 April 1942, and was captured. He spent the ensuing years in Stalag Luft III and Colditz. In January 1947, he was awarded a MiD as a Flt. Lt., obviously promoted during his captivity.

    I could guess that his promotion to Fg. Off. came in May 1942 (six months after his commissioning) and to Flt. Lt. in November 1943 (two years after commissioning), but believe promotions slowed down to less frequent periods whilst in captivity. Is that a correct assumption?

    Most importantly, however, do any forumites, particularly our Dutch colleagues, have record of his actual dates of promotion to Fg. Off. and Flt. Lt., please?

    I have checked the LG with no luck, and his family also don't have the dates. Does anyone have a copy / access to his RNethAF service record, perhaps?

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Steve, I don't believe the dates did slow down. It might have taken a bit longer to appear in the LG, if it was going to, but pretty much six months to a year as a PO, depending on rank at the time of commissioning, and two years from date of commissioning to F/L. The unfortunate aspect is that those who were not UK or Commonwealth citizens, but were commissioned into the RAF, did not appear in the LG unless it was for award purposes. Some have suggested that it was to protect family members still in occupied Europe. Regards, Terry

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    Thanks Terry

    So it was the same after all... great, that makes things easier, at least 'ball park'-wise. Not publishing their names in the LG certainly makes sense, but it does make it harder for we contemporary researchers. Hardly a comparison of hardships, of course, when one considers the dangers pilots' families may otherwise have been in!

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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