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    The RAF Air Historical Branch has advised me that some of the information they have provided to me comes from the International Red Cross “Inquiry concerning missing British Airmen” Form and the "Questionnaire for completion by repatriated personnel"(*).

    As the AHB do not provide copies of any of these documents, is it possible to obtain them from anywhere else?

    Any help would be much appreciated

    Regards

    Pete

    (*) Is this the same as the "General Questionnaire for British / American ex-prisoners of war" held at TNA?
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    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,
    In answer to your question at the bottom, yes, the same. Not sure if this N/A reference is what you are after for your other enquiry, but....WO361

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    Alan

    Thanks for the feedback; I don't know if the WO361 file holds the Red Cross Reports. Hopefully someone will be able to confirm. I do have the POW / Evader Questionnaires but they do not contain the information I am looking for.

    In essence I have some statements on the reverse of the bomber command loss card and from the RAF AHB (attributed to the three POW's in the questionnaires I mentioned) which make varying claims about the four airmen that died in the crash (eg x possibly baled out, y was alive and still at the controls).

    What I am desperately trying to do is find the original source documents (which obviously the AHB have but are not permitted to release); hence the need for an alternative source.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    I understand that the ICRC hold POW reports in Geneva, but as I have never accessed them, I can neither confirm nor deny, nor can I state what they hold.
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    Thanks jonny

    I will have a look at their website and see if I can find an enquiry form for the information.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    I have come across another questionnaire which seems to have been completed by repatriated RCAF personnel.

    http://www.rcaf434squadron.com/documents/documents-and-their-significance/678228

    Does anyone know if a similar form was completed by RAF personnel in addition to the "General Questionnaire for British / American ex-prisoners of war" and the Red Cross Form; if so, are they stored at the National Archives?

    Regards

    Pete

    Note: The "General Questionnaire for British / American ex-prisoners of war" does not seem to provide the opportunity for returning airmen to provide information about the loss of the aircraft / condition of other crew members etc.
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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