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    Looking for information on Gurdas Ram Sharma. He won a cadetship to Cranwell in 1933 from the Delhi Flying School.
    Later on he was at RAF Habbanyi in Iraq with his wife and 4 sons.
    He spent a year in the hospital there before he died.
    The wife who was Iraqi took her sons by boat to India , but on the way passports and money were stolen. They had a tough time in India surviving as the wife Miriam did not speak Hindi.
    His grandson now very successful and living in Australia would on behalf of the family would like to know anything at all about their grandfather. The oldest boy was 14 when his father died and can remember Habbanyi well. The family are not sure whether he was in the RAF or whether he worked for a British firm in Habbanyi.
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    His name appears in a 1933 flight magazine as having won a place as a cadet in RAF college Cranwell. See flightglobal.com and their historic section. In his name, is Sharma the surname? I'm trying to check ancestry.com
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    Also just found his arrival in England on Ancesty.com

    On 6th AUgust 1933 on the SS Cormorin

    The name Gurgas R Sharma aged 19 arrived in London along with Ravindar Singh aged 18. Both names are mentioned in teh Flight Global article in 1933. Their occupation is listed as RAF Cadet and their intended destination was RAF College Cranwell.

    His first name is spelled Gurgas on the shipping manifest. Did he dy before the war began?
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    It might be worth contacting this website:\
    http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/History/1930s/Training-Days.html

    That have it that only two pilots graduated from the course where Gurdas ought to be found, one being the R Singh who sailed with him to England.
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    I agree with Dennis. Jagan's website is the place to go. Jagan has been very helpful tracking down Indian aircrew for me.
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    James

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    Sharma may have won a cadetship to Cranwell but it seems that either he did not enter the college or failed to graduate there. His name cannot be found in the Cranwell 'List of Graduates'.

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    It may be worth writing to the Librarian at the College Hall Library, RAF College Cranwell. They may have lists of those who attended courses. You have a good date to start your enquiry.
    Of course then there is the personnel files also held at Cranwell but in a different office, though there will be a charge for getting these.
    James

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