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    Default M.e south african airforce – a 1944 query

    Greetings All,

    Presently I am attempting to uncover information on the demise of Lt. Dennis Hubert TULLY 205428V, South African Airforce, buried at the Ramleh War Cemetery Cemetery, Palestine 12 August 1944.

    I have reason to believe he was a Marauder pilot, although not certain of this. Perhaps of 24 or 25 SAAF Squadron, based at?

    The information I am seeking is for his son who was only a few months old when his father died, hence he never met his father.

    Any information would be most helpful indeed.

    Thanks,

    Digger.

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    The Operations Record Books of the SAAF Squadrons are available, for free, here:

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/search-results.asp?searchtype=browserefine&query=scope%3d air%2054&catid=32&pagenumber=1&querytype=1&mediaar ray=*

    Do yourself a favour and download the file listed first on that page (Master Lists) first. It will give you the numbers you want for the various squadrons at various times.

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    Digger,

    Not the complete answer to your question, but at least it will get the ball rolling.

    12-8-1944
    No.76 OTU, Aqir
    Wellington X LN564

    Fate ?

    205428V Lt (Pilot) Dennis Hubert TULLY SAAF +
    127901V 2/Lt (Nav.) D'Urban GODLONTON SAAF +
    328455V Lt (W.Op.[Air]) Eric BESTWICK SAAF +

    All buried Ramleh War Cemetery.

    See:
    85 Years of the South African Air Force - 1920 - 2005.
    Brent,Winston (comp.)
    Nelspruit:Freeworld Publications,2005
    p.418.

    Hopefully, others can contribute more.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col & mhuxt,

    Thank you both for your assistance, was trying to get my 85 year old brain into gear to plough into yours mhuxt!!

    This appears quite a hard one, also thanks for your last line Col.

    All so quick in the answers appeciated.
    Cheers,
    Digger

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    Digger,

    I have checked the Nominal Roll in Per Noctem Per Diem:The History of 24 Squadron - South African Air Force. There is no mention of Tully.

    Col.

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    Thanks again Col, your a gem.
    Cheers,
    Digger

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    Greetings,

    I have received a further answer to what I required from Errol Martyn as follows:-

    According to the relevant Air-Britain serials volume:

    Wellington X, LN564
    310 FTU/311 FTU/3 OADU/76 OTU
    Engine cut on take-off; flew into ground 1m SSW of Aqir, 12.8.44

    ‘tis all I have, I’m afraid.

    Cheers,
    Errol

    This satisfies my original request, many thanks to all,
    Digger.

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