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    I am researching the War service of my relative, Ekanayake Edward Amerasekera DFC*, who after completing a tour as a Navigator with 158 Squadron, was with 1655 MTU from 26/03/1944 to 20/04/1944 and flew in Oxfords and Mosquitos with F/Lt McEvoy and W/O Gent respectively. Does anyone in this forum have the ORB for that period and /or provide me with the full names of these 2 officers so I can research them further? Thanks. Charles Ameresekere

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    Hi Charles,

    I canít help you with your relatives time with 1665 MTU however I am the Assistant Archivist for 158 Sqn and can help you with his time at 158 Sqn if you donít have it. Please feel free to contact me on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the DOT & AT with the usual if I can be of any assistance.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CeylonMedals View Post
    I am researching the War service of my relative, Ekanayake Edward Amerasekera DFC*, who after completing a tour as a Navigator with 158 Squadron, was with 1655 MTU from 26/03/1944 to 20/04/1944 and flew in Oxfords and Mosquitos with F/Lt McEvoy and W/O Gent respectively. Does anyone in this forum have the ORB for that period and /or provide me with the full names of these 2 officers so I can research them further? Thanks. Charles Ameresekere
    W/O Gent, possibly: 1266565 Ronald John GENT (177383) RAFVR (later DFC: LG: 12/12/1944 P/O - 571 Sqn. [Mosquitoes]).

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE - GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission. As Plt. Off. on prob. (emergency) - Wt. Offs.
    1266565 Ronald John GENT (177383). 16th June 1944.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/3451

    No.571 Sqn ORB (F.540) Summary of Events - 1/4/1944 - 30/4/1944 - AIR 27/2044/1 - Image 2 of 3.
    GRAVELEY. 22.4.44 - 1266565 W/O Gent R. J. posted for duty - operational - pilot.

    Bit of information for the troops:

    Photo of AVM Amerasekera.

    Ceylonese airman. Ekanayake Edward Amerasekera joined the RAF in September 1941 and served as a navigator with Nos 35 and 158 Squadrons before joining No.640 Squadron. He flew on 52 operations and was released from the Service in November 1946. On his return to Ceylon, he served as an Air Traffic Controller at Colombo before joining the Royal Ceylon Air Force on its formation in 1951. He rose to the rank of Air Vice Marshal and was the first Ceylonese to command the RCyAF (1962-1971). He died in March 1974, at the age of 57. (Photo: C. Ameresekere).

    See:
    Halifax Squadron The wartime bombing operations of No. 640 Squadron, Leconfield.
    Norman,Bill.
    Guisborough:Author,2005.
    p.204

    and ...

    https://www.158squadron.co.uk/personnel/detail/24

    Col.
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    Thanks John. I will contact you directly.

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    Thank you very much for your prompt reply with the info on W/O Gent. I really appreciate it. For more photos and details about Ekanayake Edward (Rohan) Amerasekera DFC and Bar, please check out my site at http://www.ceylonmedals.com/rohan.htm The article about him on Wiki is from my site. Thanks. Charles.

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