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    Default Pilot Officer S.J.Harvey 65986, RAFVS, 106 Sqn.

    I'm researching my grandfather, killed in active service on 17th May 1941. Serial P2099, Coded ZN-K, The aircraft stalled and crashed whilst trying to perform an emergency landing at Uffington. P/O S.J. Harvey KIA, Sgt R.R. Adams inj, Sgt W.A. Campbell KIA, AC2 T. Kane KIA.

    Any information, however small, wil be gratefully received.
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    Jim,
    Stuart James Harvey was Commissioned into the GD Branch of the RAFVR as a Plt Off on 14 Apr 41 (source London Gazette). He had been a Sgt (902484). It looks as if he Enlisted some time between Sep 39 and May 40 at Uxbridge - probably nearer Sep 39 than May 40.
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    Thank you Peter.

    Could you tell me please, what the "GD branch" of the RAFVR is?

    The only letter I have of his is one written to his wife from Uxbridge, but it's so feint it's bearly legible and I can't make out a date.

    Also, there is a rumour flying around that Stuart "jumped ship" (he had been on HMS Repulse in Malta in 1938) and had some references, erm, "tailor-made" shall we say, in order for him to fly. But we know what happens to stories over time don't we!

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    Jim,
    The 'GD' Branch was the General Duties Branch of the RAF/RAFVR. Almost all Commissioned aircrew (Pilots, Observers/Navs, etc) were in the GD Branch (there were some Specialists (Engineering, Medical, etc) who also flew - but not, perhaps, on a regular basis). It was the norm in WW2 (and for a long time afterwards!) that only GD Officers could rise to Senior Positions in charge of Stations, Groups, Commands, and - ultimately - Chief of Air Staff. It is still, mainly, the case today - but Engineers, etc, have, of late, risen to positions of Very Senior Command.
    I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that I am not aware of a non-GD Officer Commanding a Flying Station. The experts on the Forum will soon put us right if that is not so!!!!!!!!!
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    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 16th June 2011 at 14:05.
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