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    Hi All,

    First time back on the forum for a while. I have been lucky enough to collect together some more names of the Air liaison officers who took part on the first Chindit operation in 1943, operation 'Longcloth'. Apart from the very small amount of information about their time in the Burmese jungle, I know next to nothing about these fellows.

    I wondered if anyone recognised any of the following names?

    880358 Squadron Leader Cecil Longmore. POW.

    1414386 Sergeant David Glynn Hammond. POW.

    591733 Sergeant Douglas Mills. POW.

    Radio operator George Morris

    41952 Flight Lieutenant John Redman (possibly 257 Squadron). POW.

    Flight Sergeant Alan Fiddler.

    559510 Sergeant Richard A. Southgate. POW.

    Flight Lieutenant Albert Tooth.

    J15781 Pilot Officer Kenneth M. Wheatley (Canadian). POW.

    Sergeant Arthur Willshaw.

    1292048 Sergeant Richard Norman Wood. POW.

    570840 Kenneth Renwick Wyse. POW.

    Sergeant Clifford Davies (Australian).

    Also anything on Flight Officer R.R.A. McLauchlin who was said to have escorted Air supply drops?

    Any help at all would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Steve.

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    'Flight Officer' as in MacLauchlin, suggests an American rank in the USAAF, not RAF

    No mention of Sqn Ldr Terence O'Brien, who did a tour as a Chindit and wrote it all up in his book called ????? oh bother, you'll have to google/Amazon it!!

    Albert Tooth was killed on 2 Jul 48 when Lincoln RF560 spun in near Wylye Wilts whilst on a test flight from A&AEE.

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    So far as I know, the USAAF used standard Army rank titles; Flight Officer is not such a title, sound more like a civilian appointment.
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    However I cannot for the life of me understand why a civilian would (legally speaking) be involved in "escort" duties!
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    Hi David

    The USAAF did use the rank Flight Officer, they certainly applied it to some of the RAF 'Eagles' when they transferred to the USAAF. I believe was probably equivalent to Warrant Officer and was 'invented' to permit ex 'Eagles' to transfer to the USAAF even though they did not qualify for USAAF commissions.

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    Steve,

    John Redman was a Battle of Britain fighter Pilot 245,43 & 257 Sqn
    Born 1/2/1915 Liverpool
    Died 20/4/43 224 Group HQ Burma

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldduffer View Post
    'Flight Officer' as in MacLauchlin, suggests an American rank in the USAAF, not RAF

    No mention of Sqn Ldr Terence O'Brien, who did a tour as a Chindit and wrote it all up in his book called ????? oh bother, you'll have to google/Amazon it!!

    Albert Tooth was killed on 2 Jul 48 when Lincoln RF560 spun in near Wylye Wilts whilst on a test flight from A&AEE.

    Old Duffer
    Old Duffer, thanks for the detail on Albert Tooth. O'Brien's book was 'Out of the blue' he was on Chindit 2 in 1944, these gentlemen were all Wingate's guinea pig liaison officers, most ended up as POW's.

    Thanks again for your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marks View Post
    Steve,

    John Redman was a Battle of Britain fighter Pilot 245,43 & 257 Sqn
    Born 1/2/1915 Liverpool
    Died 20/4/43 224 Group HQ Burma

    Mark
    Mark, thanks for the info on Redman. He died technically a POW, but there is a mystery around his cause of death? Some reports have him in Rangoon Jail, unlikely going by his date of death. He may well have suffered at the brutal hands of his captors before reaching Rangoon?

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    Hi All,

    Looking through my meagre notes again, MacLauchlin may have been a Mohawk pilot in Squadron 5?

    Thanks.

    Steve.

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    Steve,

    Just thought of :-

    W/C Sir R.G.K THOMPSON KBE 6/65, CMG 1/61, D.S.O 13/2/45 77 Brigade Burma, Military Cross 10/8/43 Burma

    More famous for his post-war career (internet)

    Mark

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