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    Default I only have a few clues on my uncle-help required.

    I have a photo of a group of 27 which includes my long gone uncle.
    It is captioned 407.....1943....May2.
    On the reverse'30 Cornwall Gnds'
    From a Christmas card it appears he went to 84 group British Air Force of occupation Germanay 1945.

    Does anyone have a clue on '407'

    Paul H

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    Well from my own experience I can say that not all numbers on photos are connected with units etc. - I have several photos with thee digit number + some kind of caption which means simply the sequence number of photo in the airman's collection...

    Pavel
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    What is your uncles name? is the writting hand written or is it printed?

    Any chance its 407 Sqdn? http://www.canadianwings.com/Squadrons/squadronDetail.php?No.-407-Squadron-66

    Have you got his service records?
    Dennis Burke
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    The writing is neatly on at the bottom of the photo. I'd say its of the photos time.
    He was a Londoner and aged 18 in the photo-going from his dob to that on the photo.
    Possibly called up, maybe volunteered. My thoughts were of an initial training wing or such like.
    Another of lifes mysterys.

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    And his name?
    Dennis Burke
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    William Albert Herod Known as Bill.

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    The UK TNA AIR78 files list only one William Albert HEROD and his serial number was 1894006 though its very very faint. I don't see his name in the London Gazette so he may not have been commisioned as an officer. Can you find hsi next of kin to try and order up his service record?

    The name is very distinct I think, should flag up in an ORB if someone sees it.
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    A William Albert Herod died in Hounslow in Apr 1987 (D Reg Hounslow Vol 13, Page 1115, Reg No 487). He was born 2 Jan 1925. The DC will give the Informant (often a close relative) and the Informant's address. You can chase up from there. It's not foolproof as sometimes the Informant is simply a Nursing Home manager (or similar) - not a lot of help!
    That Enlisted Service Number was issued at Euston from Jan 1943.
    HTH
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 14th November 2011 at 13:12. Reason: Additional info
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    Hi Paul,
    Looking at what you sent me recently, your family spent some time in the Kensington area of London. There is an area called Cornwall Gardens in Kensington, could it be an address.... "30 Cornwall Gardens"

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    William A Herod birth Reg Kensington (Vol 1a, Page 137). You could spit from Kensington to Hounslow!
    There's also a fascinating bit of history to be observed if you chase up 30 Cornwall Gardens, and also Herod in Kensington in the 1911 Census!! Might give a reason for the photo being taken at 30 Cornwall Gdns? In 1911 that house was occupied by a retired Army Major and his wife. They kept 3 (yes, 3!) live-in female servants. Herod's father looks as if he came to do the heavy house-work?
    HTH
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 14th November 2011 at 14:11. Reason: History unravels itself
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