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    I am Hoping someone can help me Out with this One ,

    P/O Gardner William Jesse 44552 was Comm from Sgt (365263)on the 19/8/40 and Posted to 57 Sqd as an Observer ,he remained with 57 Sqd until 15/5/41 when he was posted to 20 OTU , in 1942 He trans to the Technical Branch and was posted to 207 Sqd he eventually ended up with HQ 105 Wing and then was placed in the HQ Ship Personnel holding Unit . Please does anyone have acsess to the 57 Sqd ORB if so Please can i ask if the above officer is mentioned , i am suspecting he flew as an AIR CREW Observer with 57 Sqd then when Tour expired went to 20 OTU to Instruct , but not 100% Sure as to where he fits into 105 Wg /HQ Ship Personnel holding unit RADIO /RADAR ?.

    i would welcome anything further if anyone can help ?

    TIA Phill Jones

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    Hello,

    365263/(44552) William Jesse GARDNER.

    Tuesday, October 17, 1939
    BRITISH AIR FORCES IN FRANCE.

    57 Squadron.
    Blenheim I.

    Suffered broken stern frame prior to take-off from Etain for reconnaissance sortie to Bremen; damage discovered on landing at Upper Heyford.

    37337 F/L (Pilot) Geoffrey Middleton WYATT RAF (later DFC)
    365263 Sgt (Obs.) William Jesse GARDNER RAF
    LAC F T RUSSELL

    All unhurt. Aircraft repairable.

    Friday, 10 May, 1940.
    BRITISH AIR FORCES IN FRANCE.

    57 Squadron - Rosieres-en-Santerre.
    Blenheim IV L9246

    Returned badly damaged from reconnaissance sortie north of 's-Hertogenbosch. Possibly that attacked by Oblt. Schaefer (Staffelkapitan) of 5./JG27 west of Nijmegen 12.50 p.m.

    37337 F/L (Pilot) Geoffrey Middleton WYATT DFC - wounded in arm.
    365263 Sgt (Obs.) William Jesse GARDNER)
    Cpl F T RUSSELL) both unhurt.

    Aircraft damaged but repairable.

    See:
    The Battle of France Then and Now.
    Cornwell,Peter D.
    Old Harlow:Battle of Britain Int.,2007
    pp.105 & 180

    Gardner, Twice Mentioned in Despatches (during WW2):

    RAF - 44552 - GARDNER, W J - F/Lt - King's Birthday Honours List - LG: 6/6/1944. p.2619.
    RAF - 44552 - GARDNER, W J - F/Lt - New Year's Honour List - LG: 1/1/1945. p.69

    Col.
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    Col , thank you Just what i was looking for Many Thanks Phill Jones

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