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    Default S E or E S Gilbert, 55 Course, 2 SFTS 1940/41

    Guys,

    Another Air Cadet not listed as killed but not many other mentions of him other than passing out.

    Any ideas on this pilot?

    Regards,

    Nick

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    same page of the London Gazette

    1280372 Eric Stuart GILBERT (61971).

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35127/pages/1962
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    Guys,

    Flight Lieutenant Eric Stuart Gilbert (61971) was promoted from Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant in 1943 but then the trail goes very quiet.

    I have no details on Squadron so cannot trace him.

    Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Hello there, I'm pretty sure this is my Grandpa, his friends called him 'Gil'. He very sadly died a few years ago but he was a wonderful man. He was a path finder on a Lancaster Bomber and did two tours of duty during the war. He went to Canada during the war to train pilots; Mum was born in '42 and went in a boat with my Granny to join my Grandpa in Canada, U boats followed them all the way and a kind sailor slept outside my Mum and Granny's room just in case they needed help - the boat didn't reach the next port after they arrived in Canada (I have often wondered what happened to the sailor). I think (?) one of Grandpa's tours of duty was on his return from Canada, but I'm not sure of the chronology. Grandpa bailed out of a plane during the war and his parachute didn't work properly, his life was saved by landing in a ploughed field. He dragged himself to a farmhouse and they were upset with him for bringing mud into the house. He was strung up upside down and his back healed. He went on to enjoy a wonderfully full life after the war with his wife Jo, two children and four grandchildren. His great passion was sailing and he was a brilliant grandpa. Thanks for taking an interest in him. If you can find out any more information based on the details above I would love to hear.

    Best wishes,
    Sophie

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    Hello Sophie,

    could you confirm when exactly your grandfather died? And his full name was Eric Stuart GILBERT ?

    If you have this many unknowns in his history you need to try yoru best to obtain a copy of his service record from the RAF.

    www.veterans-uk.info/ will tell you the details on how to request his service file. When you get it, you can ask us here to help decipher it.
    Dennis Burke
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    Sophie,

    Get in touch, l am sure we can find out more information for you.

    Regards,

    Nick

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