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    Default Commanding officer, 5 SFTS Ternhill may 1941

    Hi,

    I can't decipher the name of the W/CO, officer commanding n5 SFTS at mid may 1941. Who knows ?

    TIA,

    bertrand

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    Hello Bertrand

    Might it be Group Captain F.K. HASKINS D.S.O. ?

    He was the school C.O., but was a Group Captain.

    There are several Wing Commanders at the time in that School, H.N.G.R. ISHERWOOD A.F.C., R.G.R. BUCKLEY and E.M. DONALDSON D.S.O. (the latter was nicknamed "Teddy", and if I'm not mistaken, flew records flight in a Meteor after WW2.

    Joss
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    Yes it is him. I had Group captain and a "skin" at the end of his signature.

    thanks

    Bertrand

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    Hello

    He was Francis Knox HASKINS, D.S.C. (not D.S.O.). I thought it was a 'O' badly printed in the E.F.T.S. O.R.B., but it's really a 'C'.

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34718/supplements/7180

    shows he was a retired Air Commodore before WW2, and re-joined at the outbreak of the war :

    The undermentioned relinquish, at their own request, their present ranks whilst reemployed with the Royal Air Force and are granted the rank of Group Captain. 2nd Sept. 1939:—
    Air Commodore Francis Knox HASKINS, D.S.C. (R.A.F. Ret.).

    He had won his D.S.C. back in 1916
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29635/supplements/6212

    when he was a pilot and a flight commander in the Royal Navy / Royal Naval Air Service.


    I'm sure others would be able to add "flesh to the bones".

    Joss
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    Check out my web page at http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Haskins.htm

    Malcolm

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    ISHERWOOD at Post 2 became RAMSBOTTOM-ISHERWOOD in due course. He went on to greater things but I can't quite remember what!

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    Now I know what it was. He was killed flying a Meteor VT185 when it crashed in a snow storm on 24 April 1950 - he was aged 44.

    He was awarded an AFC in 1940 and a DFC in March 1942

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Mortlock_Donaldson

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    Thanks for your replies and new info.

    bertrand

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    I think you will find that Ramsbottom-Isherwood gained his greatest fame flying in Russia as OC 151 (Fighter) Wing operating three squadrons of Hurricanes (Sept 1941 to early 1942?), and was consequently a recipient of the Order of Lenin. You possibly won't find that in the London Gazette.
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