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    Using service number allocations given at http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27&highlight=service+numbers
    I am trying to determine enlistment dates and locations for the crew of Halifax HR732 MH-Y

    Four with 7 digit numbers make sense, one RCAF would not apply, and the following two with 6 digit numbers don't make sense to me (both English) as they map to 155001 to 160000 Oct 1917-Dec 1918 RFC/RAF - civilians (Boys)??

    156123 Arthur Jack Salvage (age 23 when KIA)
    156607 Fredrick John Baker (age 21 when KIA)

    I would expect they enlisted 1940 to mid 41

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    Were they officers? Officers got new numbers when they were commissioned. You need to search London Gazette using the officer numbers to get their NCO numbers.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Yes they were both P/Os - hopping over to the Gazette as we speak

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    Hi Rodger,

    156123 Pilot Officer Arthur Jack SALVAGE Commissioned 19.8.43 non commissioned service number 1386112 London Gazette (enlisted early 1941 )

    156607 Pilot Officer Frederick John BAKER Commissioned 25.8.43 non commissioned service number 1397127 London Gazette (enlisted September 1941 ?)

    I also note this crew flew on the famous Peenemude raid 17/18 August 1943. By December they would have been a senior experienced crew !

    Mark

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    Thanks Mark,

    3/4 Dec 1943 Leipzig was their 22nd op. I have my uncle's logbook with Peenemunde raid entry - luck was with them that night as they were planned to be in the last wave but unexpected wind conditions moved them into the first wave so missed the slaughter at the tail end. Outbound leg they engaged a ME109 near Sylte - my uncle fired 300 rounds, some into the cockpit, - no return fire - however no claim could be confirmed.

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