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    19236 Group Captain Edward John GEORGE, O.B.E

    For some time now I have been stuck researching 19236 E.J.George, (GD pilot). Although I have sufficient detail for his movements 1925 till 1943 where he took command of No.32 SFTS RCAF Moose Jaw, the scent turns cold and he next appears in 1953 receiving the O.B.E. in the New Year Honours list and two years later, he retires from the RAF.

    Short summary of events discovered so far: (Sources: Flight Magazine, LG, Times Newspaper, Aeroplane Magazine, 76 Sqn ORB, 8 Sqn ORB, Oxford University archives and Vickers-Supermarine archives)

    ? Born
    1925 RAF Uxbridge.
    1925 2 FTS, RAF Digby.
    1925 Short service commission.
    1925 Pilot Officer on probation.
    1926 39 Sqn RAF Spittlegate (later called Grantham).
    1927 Flying Officer.
    1927 RAF Training Base, Leuchars, Scotland.
    1928 OUAS
    1930 Station Flight, RAF Upper Heyford (possibly linked with OUAS)
    1931 Flight Lieutenant.
    1931 33 Sqn RAF Bicester.
    1932 8 Sqn RAF Khormaksar, Aden.
    1935 6 FTS RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire.
    1936 Permanent commission.
    1937 Squadron Leader.
    1937 3 FTS RAF Grantham, Lincolnshire.
    1937 Took command of 76 Sqn RAF Finningley.
    1938 Detached with 76 Sqn to No. 2 AAS, RAF North Coates Fitties, Lincolnshire.
    1940 RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
    1940 Detached to Torquay, Devon to set up a ITW.
    1940 12 Group HQ, Fighter Command.
    1940 Wing Commander.
    1943 Group Captain.
    1943 Posted overseas to take command of No.32 S.F.T.S. RCAF Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
    1953 O.B.E.
    1955 Retired from the RAF retaining the rank of Group Captain.


    Can anyone help me with :
    1) Birth date?
    2) What became of him after Canada (July 1943)?
    3) Death date?

    I have managed to track down three service photographs of him taken between 1930 – 1943.


    Thank you
    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 13th May 2012 at 09:01. Reason: sp

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    Norman, Hi,
    IF (and it’s a big IF) yr man Retired on 23 Jul 1955 at the age of 55, and did not Relinquish, Resign, or Retire at Own Request, etc, then it is likely that he Retired on his 55th birthday. If he Retired on his 55th birthday then he would have been born on 23 Jul 1900. There is an Edward John George Birth Registered at Aston, Warks, in Q3 1900 – that fits. He is shown on the 1911 Census as living at Haslucks Green Lane (now Road), Shirley, Birmingham. All in the same bit of Birmingham! Might be yr man?
    Can’t find a Death.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Thank you Peter, I just knew the wise and learned would oil the wheels. Movement at last!

    1. May I ask if your source shows a marriage?
    2. What was the upper age limit for ab-initio flying training in those days?

    Norman
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    Norman,
    1 Marriage. Too difficult! Far too many Edward John, or Edward J, in the time period to be able to narrow them down.
    2 Not competent to answer.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Hello Peter,

    Understood. Will have to accept he was either the Netheravon Station Commander or a student on the School of Air Transport. Then knowing he was in Wiltshire early 1945 and nothing more known for ten years, attempt to locate family descendants for answers. Thank you for the extra information which will certainly help me where to start looking.

    Norman
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    Default E John George

    I do not know if this is the same person as mentioned here but, I took an interest in a grave near to my Father in Law's plot at Wigston Cemetery. The inscription is for E John George MBE OBE (mil) born 1920 died 2007.

    I realise that this an old post and you may now have found everything you are looking for, but in the off chance let me know and I will give you all the information on the stone.

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    19236 Group Captain Edward John GEORGE, O.B.E.

    Hello Iain,

    Thank you for going to the trouble of passing on information concerning E.John GEORGE. However, I dont think it could be the same person as I am researching a E John GEORGE born abt 1900 and who reported to RAF Uxbridge for flying duties in 1925.

    Norman

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