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    Default 625 Squadron ORB and 2 Air Gunners later Killed in action with 166 Squadron August 44

    Does anyone have a copy of the 625 Squadron ORB who can tell me what ops were flown by ;
    F/Sgt George Rhodes 1522850 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt Geoffrey Maurice Canning 1819894 RAF(VR)
    I am informed that they flew ops on 625 before their original crew was broken up for some reason and they were sent back to HBCU to re crew
    They then joined a new crew at HBCU which was posted to 166 Squadron 1.7.44. The crew (F/O Elliott, Pilot) was later lost on Agenville 31.8.44. Both Rhodes and Canning were killed when the a/c was brought down by Flak on the run in to the target.
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    I've got the 625 Sqn ORB on Microfilm but have no microfilm reader at the moment Barnsley. I've ordered it on CD from TNA, and it should be with me any day now - if no-one has answered before it arrives I'll go through it for you.

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    Greg
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    Not much for their time at 625sqdn. Both posted in on 31st March, Canning from 1656 CU, and Rhodes from 1652 CU. Both posted out to 11 Base on 18th May. No ops for Rhodes, and only two for Canning. 18th April to Rouen, and 20th April to Cologne.

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    Good work Celtic cousin!!
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    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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    Many thanks Greg and Alan. I wonder why they were posted out and what happened to their original crews? There is no accounting for fate is there/

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    The only pilot, who came in on same date, was P/O H. Winder. He also never flew on ops, and left for 11 Base on 18th May with Canning and Rhodes. Canning's two ops, were with two different crews.

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    There's nothing in the 11 Base ORB for any of those three for May or June '44, although I'm not all that surprised to be honest. To say the ORB for 11 Base (and in 0particular the PORs) is basic, would be something of an understatement.
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    A Harold Winder was commissioned by March 1944, joined 626 Squadron, promoted eventially to Flight Lieutenant and later awarded a DFC with 626 Squadron.

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