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    Hi guys

    J.V. BERGGREN flew Blenheims in 1941. He was later awarded a DFC.

    Can anyone help with first names and nationality?

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Brian,
    Could be John Victor Berggren (40459)? A number of hits on the LG.
    Family origins Germany, and then Sweden ('Alieneyes' may be able to help if he's listening out on the circuit)
    HTH
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 10th June 2013 at 15:04. Reason: Additional info
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    Wow! That was quick, Peter.

    Many thanks indeed.

    Brian

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    Brian, I suspect your man was a UK/Empire citizen:
    Air Ministry,
    15th February, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from 2nd Feb. 1938:
    John Victor BERGGREN.
    Regards, Terry

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    Check Freebmd.org.uk guys, always worth a look

    There is a John V Breggren born in the Bromley dsitrict, 1916.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    I knew John Victor Berggren on the 1960s in South Africa. Indeed he flew Blenheims and was awarded a DFC. He was British, but of Swedish origin - I believe a half brother or other close relative was Swedish as the name certainly is. He made the rank of Wing Commander. He told us he was shot down twice, and his acute eyesight may have saved him more than once. He emigrated to Rhodesia after the war and later moved to South Africa where he spent the most part of the rest of his life. He died in Johannesburg about 5 years ago. I have no record of the squadrons he flew in but he displayed their crests on the walls of his various abodes. He was well known for the large repertoire of stories he had of the war, all of which he laughed at loudly himself. I may be able to find out more, but most of his friends and contacts have passed on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuineaFowl View Post
    I knew John Victor Berggren on the 1960s in South Africa. Indeed he flew Blenheims and was awarded a DFC. He was British, but of Swedish origin - I believe a half brother or other close relative was Swedish as the name certainly is. He made the rank of Wing Commander. He told us he was shot down twice, and his acute eyesight may have saved him more than once. He emigrated to Rhodesia after the war and later moved to South Africa where he spent the most part of the rest of his life. He died in Johannesburg about 5 years ago. I have no record of the squadrons he flew in but he displayed their crests on the walls of his various abodes. He was well known for the large repertoire of stories he had of the war, all of which he laughed at loudly himself. I may be able to find out more, but most of his friends and contacts have passed on.
    Peter
    He was born in November 1915 and educated at Cranleigh School, living with his parents in Orpington.

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    Wow!

    It was such a long time ago that I now forget why I was enquiring! Time moves on!

    But thanks all the same.

    Cheers
    Brian

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