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    Hello,
    I'm looking to complete the initial F/L De Burgh R.U.P. ? at 131 Sqdn in June 1944.
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    Richard Ulick Paget de Burgh (118569) Commissioned 28 Mar 1942 (From The LG)
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    You need too search London Gazete to confirm this one, a fairly distinctive name.

    Search even for 'D. U. P. De' only and you will get his service number
    and you can then get his full name using this
    28th Mar. 1942
    1314123 Richard Ulick Paget DE BURGH (118569).
    Dennis Burke
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    I served with de Burgh in Borneo in 1965-66 and found him to be a grumpy so and so!!

    However, he was a Gp Capt and I, a humble pilot officer.

    Colin Cummings

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    Thank you for your answers.
    Cordialement,
    Regards,
    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    It is interesting that Colin found him grumpy, since indirectly, I did too. I was searching for photos of his father, Desmond Herlouin Ulick de Burgh, who served on 40 Sqn in 1918-17, and later rose to Air Commodore rank in the RAF. The daughter of someoe who served with de Burgh senior, and came (like the de Burghs) from the anglo-irish gentry, offered to contact de Burgh junior on my behalf. At the outset, however, she said that he was a 'difficult character' and might well not reply. He didn't.

    Incidentally de Burgh senior was very different individual. For instance, he got on well with Mick Mannock, though the one was anglo-irish gentry and the other a socialist of humble origins. They used to spar as exercise, apparently. De Burgh also took on the role of Mrs O'Flaherty, a harridan Irish mother, in George Bernard Shaw's play, O'Flaherty VC, when it was premiered by 40 Squadron in February 1917 in front of Shaw himself. So he must have been relaxed about his image.

    David

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