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    Default 247 Squadron during the Battle of Britain

    Hello everyone ,

    I'm trying to find out as much as possible about 247 squadron during the Battle of Britain. I have recently discovered that my late grandfather Malcolm F Edwards served as a Sergeant Pilot with the squadron during this time.

    247 was equipped with the ageing Gloster Gladiator, and provided cover for the cities and ports of the west. The squadron was part of No 10 Group.

    It would be great if anybody knew any stories or knew the whereabouts of any photos of the airman or aircraft at this time.

    Many thanks for reading my message

    James

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    Hi James,
    I don't have a great deal in him but include what I do have below.

    Your grandfather joined 247 on September 7th 1940 as a sergeant pilot.
    Prior to that he had been at 5 OTU.
    He was posted to St Eval as non effective sick on November 2nd 1940.
    He then went to 9 EFTS on December 23rd 1940.

    I would certainly be keen to add more detail to his records if you have any additional info.
    Finally, would it be possible to post a photo of him here?
    Cheers
    Gerry

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    Hi Gerry,
    With reference to him being posted in on 7th Sept 40. I have him first flying with 247, on 4th Sept 40, in N5649, in the ORB. Last flight on 13th Oct 40.
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    Hi all,

    I have just noticed a wealth of detail on Edwards career on the bbm.org website including a decent photograph.
    http://www.bbm.org.uk/EdwardsMF.htm

    Having read back through James initial post I now see that it is photographs of 247 he requires not information on his relative. My error.

    I don't have any group shots of 247 squadron so I'm afraid that i am unable to assist you there.

    Gerry

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    Default Sorry, slightly off the request

    James

    Further to Gerry s piece, as your grandfather was involved in the destruction of 12 V 1 flying bombs, there are multiple entries about him in Brian Cull s "Diver! Diver! Diver!, including quotes from combat reports. Apologies if you already knew about these.
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    James, was your grandfather with 66 Sq in 1944?
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    Hi Gerry and Alan

    Thankyou very much for this information. The part that you found on the web page about him only went public a day or so ago. I'm in the process of getting a Battle of Britain Clasp for him, as he was killed in December 1944 and never received one.

    I have noted the information that you have me. I shall post a photo of him for you. If you would like anymore info let me know.

    It's really photos , stories , or any info really that I'm trying to source.

    Thanks again
    James

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    Hi Peter,

    I was not aware of the book "Diver Diver" , is it easy to get hold of ? As it would be great to own a copy.

    Many thanks

    James

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    Hi Bruce ,

    No he didn't serve with 66 Squadron during 1944. He was with 3(f) Squadron.

    Best wishes
    James

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    Hi James,
    Thanks, dead end.
    Good luck,
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