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    Hello Gents,

    I'm trying to identify a pilot (first names and service number), Flying Officer in March 1940: V.G. PROUDMAN.

    I must say that the initials can be wrong.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Phil

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    Not much to go on there! A possibility for starters, even with the same initials (almost!):

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1804739/PROUDMAN,%20GEORGE%20VICTOR

    39947 F/O George Victor Proudman, 65 Sqn, killed 7th July 1940 aged 22, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

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    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 17th May 2013 at 16:52. Reason: added details

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    Hi Phil,
    "Your" man could be:

    George Victor PROUDMAN (39947) F/O 18th Feb. 1940

    CWGC:
    PROUDMAN, GEORGE VICTOR
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Service No: 39947
    Date of Death: 07/07/1940
    Age: 22
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force 65 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference Panel 6, Memorial RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Sgt Patrick Hayes, P/O NJ Brisbane and P/O GV Proudman of 65 Squadron RAF

    All three pilots were based at RAF Hornchurch as part of 65 'East India' Squadron. They were on convoy patrol between Dover and Dungeness when they were 'bounced' at 2015/2050 hours by ME 109 fighters from Luftwaffe unit JG.27 on an 'area sweep'.

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    Mojmír

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    Phil,

    go to the UK national archives website an down load the AIR 78 index to airmen.

    It always helps when you give us the source of the name, where did you find it??

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    George Proudman 65 Squadron, Hornchurch. A photograph of this man, within a group, exists. It's in 'Fly For Your Life' by Larry Forrester. Not sure about newer versions but it's in mine dating from the late 50s.

    Robert.

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