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    Default Sgt. L.F. Mabey RNZAF, POW 1940.

    Hallo,

    Can anyone please help me with this New Zealand airman serving with 149 Squadron RAF during 1940 ? His Wellington, P9272, was shot down on 27/28 August 1940 and all the crew became POWs in Germany. Oliver Clutton-Brock lists him in FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME but I cannot find him in the AIR 20/2336 POW listing - because this only records RAF personnel and he was apparently RNZAF. Oddly in the 149 Squadron ORB (F541) he is not shown in the P9272 crew that night !

    I am searching for his Christian names and his service number in the RNZAF. Any help much appreciated.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Martin,

    He was

    NZ391864 Wt Off (final rank) Lawrence Francis Mabey
    Born Palmerston North 24 Feb 22
    RNZAF 18 Dec 39 to 6 Jan 46 (was 17yrs 10mths on enlistment; Air Gunner)
    Was shot down on his first op (was only 18yrs 6mths, the youngest RNZAF PoW).

    Re-enlisted RNZAF 10 Apr 47 - 12 Jun 47 (as NZ47058) & 10 Nov 48 - 1 Dec 50 (NZ48645, later 72707).

    Errol

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    Hi Martin,

    He was in my transcription of the PoW lists AIR20/2336 and they covered quite a few services besides the RAF.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/Air%20Force%20PoWs/RAF%20POWs%20Query%20M_1.html

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    Ross
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    Hallo Errol and Ross,

    That was fast and very complete ! Many thanks to both of you.

    I purchased the AIR 20/2336 POW files online from Kew but it seems there are other sections I did not receive (for the RCAF, RNZAF, etc.). Thanks for your more complete lists Ross.

    Martin.

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