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    Default 'Sgt' John William Kent - Australian in RAF baled out Whitley Scotland early WW2

    OK - I am hoping you can track this down from details so far

    A Colleague at works grandfather was in RAF early WW2 and baled out of a Whitley over Scotland when a parachute flare caught his aircraft alight - All crew baled out ok - He was Sgt John William Kent by 1942 Wireless operator/Air Gunner and later served in RAF 159 Sqn and RAAF 461 Sqn but I do not know his rank before then - I have not yet got his RAF service number as there are a lot of Air 78 files in his name range of Air 78/090

    But I was wondering if we could ID the date and aircraft from the details I have already?

    Found his Austrailan Service Number - 403030

    Thanks

    Paul
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    Hi Paul,

    Don't have full details, but here is your aircraft:

    13-3-1942
    No.19 OTU
    Whitley V P5099
    Training

    T/o Kinloss for infrared bombing practice. Released a flare, which lodged in the tail unit and set fire to the fuselage. Abandoned 2055 in the Fochabers-Garmouth area, after which the Whitley fell into nearby Spey Bay.

    AUS403200 Sgt (Pilot) Eugene Francis McEGAN RAAF - Injured - Hospitalized 14-3-1942 to 10-8-1942.(+22-11-1943. No.97 Sqn - BCL4/391)*
    AUS403030 Sgt ( - ? - ) John William KENT RAAF - Injured

    See: BCL7/103

    * McEGAN posted to No.467 Sqn RAAF 29-5-1943 (9 ops.). Posted to No.97 Sqn 20-8-1943. Apparently, McEGAN was the pilot of No.19 OTU Anson N9669, which collided on the ground with Anson R9594, on 21-12-1942.

    Unfortunately, KENT has no A705 at the NAA, and his A9300 is not digitised. Can confirm No.159 Sqn and No.461 Sqn RAAF service.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col I was hoping you would track it down. I will tell his grandson you will be glad to know John William Kent is still with us. His grandson also mentioned he was involved in a U-boat attack while with 461 and in fact tramsfered from army on out break of WW2 as a trained signaller hence his RAAF role of wireless operator

    Ps did you get my email re bale outs
    Paul

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    Paul,

    Replied to your latest E-Mail, 6:52pm 2-9-2012 (Re:Bale-outs.).

    Kent's 2-page Militia Attestation Form (Army No.266563 - Sigs. 30th Bn.), can be viewed here:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=9292506

    Could you please ask John Kent's grandson, the date of death of John Kent's Father?

    You can find details of John Kent's service with No.159 Sqn, here:

    http://www.rquirk.com/159oper/159sqdn1942nlap05.pdf

    See: pp.20,24,26,34,37,41 & 44 of 60.

    Please pass on my best wishes to JWK MiD. (LG:1-1-1946. p.125).

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37407/pages/125

    Col.
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    Col

    I sked my colleague, he says many thanks as far as John William Kents father he says

    "William George Kent died in 1958. I havenít got the exact date. He was born 1892 if that is of any use"


    re: Replied to your latest E-Mail, 6:52pm 2-9-2012 (Re:Bale-outs.).

    Can you send it again to paul<DOT>mcmillan<AT>gmail<DOT>com as I have checked and I didn't seem to get it

    Many thanks

    Paul

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    To both Col and Paul,
    I stumbled across this site by chance whilst doing a little research about my father. All I knew was a few general pieces of information about his remarkable life in the 1930s/40s. I was amazed at the information you had with regard to the pilots and various aircraft details. My father like most was a very private and respectful gentleman and I respect that he kept most details to himself. Firstly thank you for the small amount of information revealed in the messages past between you both. Secondly, could you let me know where I might go to find out more. My father was fortunate to have access to both a camera and equipment to develop the film and as a result we have some photographs of the jigsaw puzzle that I would like to piece together. I have recently joined the forum and would like to continue the conversation.
    Regards
    Anthony Kent

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