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    Hello ?

    Can someone help me with the firstnames of the following crew who came down in Belgium ?

    11/07/1943
    Mont-Rigi ( Belgium )
    Halifax II HR-933
    158Sqn
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    F/L Bridger J.C. DFC (POW) 103516 L3-1709
    Sgt Groom E.W. (POW) 1447545 L6/357-602
    F/O Banks W.P. (POW) 145173 L3-1637
    Sgt Elden B.R. (POW) 1388852 4B-83677
    Sgt Scudamore J.G. (POW) 1221385 4B-83673
    Sgt Rake R. (POW) 1312795 4B-222458
    Sgt Kendrick G.E. (POW) 1184154

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    Hello,

    F/Lt (Pilot) John Cameron BRIDGER DFC
    Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Eric Walter GROOM
    F/O (Nav.) William Percy BANKS
    Sgt (Air Bomber) Basil Ronald ELDEN
    Sgt (W.Op.) John Geoffrey SCUDAMORE
    Sgt (Air Gnr.) Ronald RAKE
    Sgt (Air Gnr.) Gilbert Ernest KENDRICK

    Col.
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    Hi Col ,

    Thank you very much for relpy.

    Alain12

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    F/Lt (Pilot) John Cameron BRIDGER DFC
    Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Eric Walter GROOM
    F/O (Nav.) William Percy BANKS
    Sgt (Air Bomber) Basil Ronald ELDEN
    Sgt (W.Op.) John Geoffrey SCUDAMORE
    Sgt (Air Gnr.) Ronald RAKE
    Sgt (Air Gnr.) Gilbert Ernest KENDRICK

    Col.
    sgnt Gilbert Kendrick, was my farther but sadley he is no longer with us, and i am trying to gather information on his RAF history
    , I know that on the night of the crash he was draged out of the aircraft by Sgnt Scudamore , and both his legs were saverly smashed up apart from other major problems, he was a prisnor of war for two years (where?) and repatriated on the boat the Arundal Castle, he told me that before the that fatfull night he had a previous bommer crash on a traning flight in this countryh he broke his leg on this flight (where and details?) after this he was out of action for some time, I remember him telling me that he did not have to fly again but as thay were short of gunners he was asked and he agreed to go agin (how many raides was he on ?) he is listed as a volanteer reserve (he was called up?)
    I can remember him coming home on a visit after the first crash with his leg in plaster wearing a warrent officers badge ?
    I would be glad of any information

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    Hi Mr Kendrick ,

    This is what i have from your late father crew , unfortenally i don't kwow i which Camp he stayed.
    F/L Bridger John Cameron DFC (POW) pilot 103516 Camp Luft L3-1709
    Sgt Groom Eric Walker (POW) engineer 1447545 Camp Luft 6 /357-602
    F/O Banks William Percy (POW) navigator 145173 Camp Luft 3-1637
    Sgt Elden Basil Reginald (POW) bombaimer 1388852 Camp Luft 4B-83677
    Sgt Scudamore John Geoffrey (POW) radio 1221385 Camp 4B-83673
    Sgt Rake Ronald (POW) gunner 1312795 Camp 4B-222458
    Sgt Kendrick Gilbert Errnest (POW) gunner 1184154

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    Default Kendrick Halifax HR933

    HI Alain12
    Thank you for the reply, you may not know the camp my farther was at because he was in hospital for a very long time, perhaps after the other crew were allocated camps

    Do you know howe i could go about finding out about the the first crash he was involved in (I know it was on a trainong flight over the UK) ?

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    Hello,

    Your father is likely to have filed a PoW questionnaire upon his return from the camps, in late April or in May 1945. These questionnaires are held in the National Archives in Kew, in the WO 344 series. I've checked in case of, but I have none of them.

    About the first accident he had while in training, it might be mentioned in the series of books by Bill Chorley, especially volumes 7 and 8, both covering the Bomber Training / Conversion Units, but not the Initial Training losses. Also, if the accident was a minor one, it might not be transcribed in these books.

    You may try to access these book in a library and browse through them. And check family records and documents you may have, which may help to narrow down the period, units, etc...

    Joss

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    Hi mdk,

    You would probably find some of the answers to your questions by obtaining your father's RAF service record. Details as to how you can do this can be found at

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/PersonnelPublications/ServiceRecords/RequestFormsForServicePersonnelDetailsRoyalAirForc e.htm

    There is a search fee of 30 and a delay of between 20 and 25 weeks before you receive the papers.

    The record will list all the units with which he served and periods in hospital; I don't think there will be any reference as to where he was held PoW - but I'm happy to be corrected on this.

    Once you have this record forumites would be more than happy to help decipher or advise on any entries with which you have difficulty.

    Brian

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