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    I have recently acquired the medal group of the above airman. I know a fair amount about him but would like to know how many ops he had flown when he was killed.

    He was a Sgt pilot on 77 Sqn (Topcliffe) but acting as the Observer on the night of 4th April 1941 in a Whitley V and they were returning from Brest when they hit the ground near Tangmere. All were sergeants except for one Pilot officer so I suspect they were a new crew and possibly at the start of their tour?

    Can anybody with access to 77's ORB shed light on the number of ops he might have flown or does any 77 expert know of him or his crew? Any input would be appreciated.

    Kind Regards

    Greg

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    Hello,

    Rawkins' pilot, Sgt H J Dowling had been involved in two previous incidents at No.77 Squadron:

    23/24 November 1940 - BCL1/133 (Whitley V T4169:KN-F) and...

    27/28 December 1940 - BCL1/142 (Whitley V T4293:KN-E).

    Rawkins not mentioned in either.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 1st June 2013 at 23:01.

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    Thanks Col

    Any idea what these incidents were?

    Greg

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    Col provided the references to BCL above, Chorleys book Bomber Command losses. Ross doesnt want this being quoted in full anymore.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    My apologies, I didn't make the connection between BCL and Bomber Command Losses. I thought you were referring to a reference in an archive!

    I have looked them up in my Chorley, many thanks again.

    Greg

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