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    Hi all,

    Looking for name and service number of a F/O Branch who was posted to 114 Sqn in 1942 (around July/August poss).

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Simon

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    Simon, Hi,

    This yr man?

    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers [A&SD Branch?] on probation, with the honorary ranks stated. 17th Oct. 1939:
    Flying Officers.
    William John BRANCH (75307).

    The undermtd. on ceasing to be employed:
    21st Sept. 1945.
    W. J. BRANCH (75307).

    TRAINING BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Actg. Plt. Offs. (emergency):
    William John BRANCH (75307). 1st Apr. 1946.

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    TRAINING BRANCH.
    Commission resigned.
    Pilot Officers:
    17th Sept. 1948.
    W. J. BRANCH (75307).

    Malcolm (on the rafweb site) may have some info on his RAFVR(T) Branch career - including whether he had any brevet?

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Simon uou need to check the airforce lists for the months either side to see how many Branch there were to confirm the above.

    They are available on archives.org
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks Dennis/Peter.

    Peter, not entirely sure if that is the man unfortunately.

    I have checked the Air Force Lists for the months either side and the only other Branch was AAF so we can discount him.

    Other information I have on the Branch I am looking for is I know he was a Navigator and had been serving abroad for a number of years prior to 1942.

    Simon

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    Hello,

    One more Branch you can follow up:

    516721 (47703) William Kenneth BRANCH RAFVR (later DFC - 107 Sqn. LG 1/10/43. p.4357).

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35451/pages/664

    8 August 1943
    No.107 Sqn
    Boston IIIA BZ254 "N"

    Hit by flak e1700, crash-landed Hurn (Cat.B).

    S/L I J Spencer
    F/O W K Branch (Wounded)
    F/O C B M Shevlin
    P/O J G E Ploughman

    2ndTAF/I/27.

    In the absence of all else, worth a try !

    Col.

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    Col you are a star, that is definitely my man!!!

    How ironic that he crashed at Hurn, when I posted this thread I was sat in my office at Hurn Airport.

    Thanks,
    Simon

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    Next question...........

    Does anyone have the DFC citation?

    Simon

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    Sorry it's a few years late, but the Newcastle Journal & North Mail of Friday October 1st 1943 has the following:

    "CARRIED ON WOUNDED
    The D.F.C. has also been awarded to Flying Officer William Kennett [sic] Branch, of Middlesbrough. In August 1943, Flying Officer Branch was navigator of the leading aircraft of a formation detailed to attack a target at Rennes.

    Immediately after the bombs were released the aircraft was hit and damaged and Flying Officer Branch wounded.
    In spite of very great pain and loss of blood he navigated his aircraft back to an airfield in this country, and on arrival displayed the greatest fortitude while being extricated from the aircraft."

    Regards

    Simon

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