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    Hi,

    I have a list of the 105 Sqn COs from June 1940 till May 1945. Unfortunately I have no 100% name for May 1940. Was it S/L G.C.O. Key who commanded the Squadron in that time ?
    Any comments much appreciated.

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    Michal

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    Hello Michal,

    According to Peter Cornwell, The Battle of France Then and Now (2008): Wing Commander J.C. Hawtrey

    Cheers,

    Bart

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    Bart,

    Thanks for that.

    Regards from rainy Czech republic,
    Michal

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    Michal/Bart

    Hawtrey didn't take over until after the remanents of 105 were pulled from France - i.e. June. I think it was still Key in France

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    Amrit,

    I'm sorry but according to Appendix C2 'Location of Units Adminstered by AASF 10th May 1940' in the official 'RAF Narrative - The Campaign in France and the Low Countries Sept 1939 - June 1940' held in the National Archives, it was W/Cdr J. C. Hawtrey. The Squadron ORB (AIR27/826) also confirms that he inherited command from W/Cdr D. MacFadyen on January 29, 1940, and remained in command of No. 105 Squadron until June 2, 1940, when he became OC of Forward Wing AASF based at Troyes.

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    Thank you Peter.

    I misread the details in Frank's "Valient Wings".

    http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Hawtrey.htm

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    Wouldn't it be a good idea to publish Orders of Battle for each day of the Battle of France? As the situation was highly fluid a series of Orders of Battle could be very helpful to all researchers.

    There's plenty of room for such a project on the www.epibreren.com site (or on other sites; it doesn't really matter where it is published)

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Peter,

    Thank you for confirmation.

    Michal

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    Michal,

    W/C MacFadyen was on the 'Lancastria' when it was bombed and sunk off St Nazaire on 18 June 1940. He wrote a long report about his experience - I can send a copy if you wish.

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    Hi Brian,

    Thank you for willingnes but it is not necessary. I am making out Order of Battle of 14th May 1940, AASF because of my article for Revi magazine and several of crashed Battle profiles, and there were a few of "open" names of COs.

    Regards from Czech republic,
    Michal

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