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    Hi all,

    I am after some help in regards to a pilot - Brian Raises (RAFVR 913822/136319). He has been the subject of previous posts on this forum. It seems he hailed from Melbourne, Australia, and served with 54?, 127 Sqns before being killed with 601 Sqn on 10 Dec 42.

    According to the following newspaper article, Raises was wounded during March 1940. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/25772063
    “Included in the latest Royal Air Force casualty list - the 23rd Issued - is Sgt B. Raises of Melbourne, wounded on active service.”

    Can anybody please help shed some light on the possible cause/event surrounding Raises’ injuries? Perhaps he was part of a bomber crew during this period?

    I found another Brian Raises via the LGs with service number 42359 who made Acting P/O during Feb 40. I am not sure whether there is a mix up here between the two Raises – it seems unlikely both would have been from Melbourne and shared the same name! Any further details of Raises’ (913822) early service would also be of interest.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.

    Regards, Drew H

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    Raises' forename was actually, Braham. He was a member of the Jewish faith:

    http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/commemorative_roll/person.asp?p=566331

    He was a Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) boy. Raises was a member of the 3rd St. Kilda (Jewish) Scout Group, in fact he is commemorated on the Group's 1939-45 War Honour Board, as one of the "Gallant Dead".

    Col.
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    Thanks for the correction Col and interesting addition about the Scout Group.

    Further to the March 1940 incident I found another newspaper article dated 8 May 41 - “B. Raises, a Jewish boy, who returned to Palestine after war had been declared, and later joined the R.A.F., was wounded when he was shot down over France early in the war.”
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/8164289?searchTerm=%22b.%20raises%22&searchLimits=

    Also discovered a FlightGlobal reference from Apr 40 confirming the wounding of Braham Raises, 913822. Assuming the newspaper articles to be correct, and if Raises was indeed wounded over France around March 1940….. then what unit would he have been flying (maybe groundcrew?)?

    Drew

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    He was involved in an accident on the 15th of March 1940 in Magister P3658 of 54 Sq., which crashed at Upminster at 1045.

    John Engelsted

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    Fantastic! Thanks John, a great bit of detective work.

    Drew

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    Drew,

    15-3-1940
    No.54 Sqn.
    Magister I P6358 (not P3658)

    Hit tree while low flying, Upminster, Essex

    913822 Sgt Brian RAISES - Injured
    41508 P/O Robert Eli WEST +

    Not sure who was the pilot.

    Col.

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    Sorry about the typo on the serial.

    P/O west was the pilot according to "Hornchurch Scramble".

    John

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