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    Default Re: RAF Casualty Packs 1939-45 Public Access

    Hi Dennis,
    Yes, it was the combat that he was involved in on July 29th 1940.
    I presume that he sustained injuries because he didn't fly again until November 1940.
    I have always wanted to confirm one way or another. A chap named Sergeant G. Atkinson was flying with him and they were both shot down.
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    I see that Charles Derek Whittingham had an interesting private life.. he is listed as committing suicide in Scotland in 08 Apr 1958. I think he married at least 3 times and was named as co-respondence in at least one other divorce...

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    PS MoBoB has

    151 Sqn

    He made a forced landing at North Weald on 29th July 1040 and returned to Sqn from sick leave Oct 16th 1940

    Sgt G Atkinson iS Sgt George Atkinson 565476

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    565476
    565459-565843 RAF Apprentices aircraft Entry 24 Halton 01-Sep-31.
    Looks like another Halton Brat?
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    Hi Paul,
    Yes an interesting character for sure. He returned to the squadron on sick leave but didn't fly again until November so I'm presuming he sustained injuries in the incident on July 29th. I just wanted to see if I can find any further details.
    His medals are currently on display at Bentley Priory.
    Regards
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    To more closed files to be opened soon from my 'Long Tail List'


    "Further to my e-mail of 15 July, I can now confirm that the following redacted files will be opened and made available by 19 October 2021. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI requests:-

    AIR 81/2090 - Flying Officer P A Hawks, Sergeant F J J Evans, Aircraftman C G Shaw: missing believed killed; near Vrigne-aux-Bois, France, Blenheim P6926, 59 Squadron, 14 May 1940

    AIR 81/1935 - Flying Officer P F Templeman: died of wounds; Sergeant D W Wilson: killed; Sergeant K R Say, Aircraftman J A Burke, Leading Aircraftman E Lawson, Leading Aircraftman J R Clark: prisoners of war; shot down by anti-aircraft fire, Wellington P2515, 37 Squadron, 24 March 1940

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    Both AIR 81/2090 and AIR 81/1935 are now opened (redacted) as of 13 October 2021

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    Back in the Summer I asked for 5 Long tail Closed Air 81 files to be opened - all originally closed until 2090's - They have all now been opened...

    FoI 1 July 2021

    CAS-68961 to 68965

    AIR 81/1935 - Flying Officer P F Templeman: died of wounds; Sergeant D W Wilson: killed; Sergeant K R Say, Aircraftman J A Burke, Leading Aircraftman E Lawson, Leading Aircraftman J R Clark: prisoners of war; shot down by anti-aircraft fire, Wellington P2515, 37 Squadron, 24 March 1940

    -> Opened 13th October 2021

    AIR 81/2076 - Sergeant I L Thomas, Sergeant V Spurr, Leading Aircraftman H Bridson: killed; failed to return from operational flight over Holland, Blenheim L8831, 40 Squadron, 10 May 1940

    -> Opened 2nd September 2021

    AIR 81/2090 - Flying Officer P A Hawks, Sergeant F J J Evans, Aircraftman C G Shaw: missing believed killed; near Vrigne-aux-Bois, France, Blenheim P6926, 59 Squadron, 14 May 1940

    -> Opened 13th October 2021

    AIR 81/2138 - Flight Lieutenant S I Dodds, Pilot Officer B S Booth, Leading Aircraftman A H Gumbleton, Leading Aircraftman N E Jacobs: missing believed killed; shot down, enemy action, Anson OYG, 48 Squadron, 20 May 1940

    -> Opened 5th October 2021

    AIR 81/3172 - Flying Officer A W L Cobbe, Pilot Officer H M Christopher, Sergeant W H Cassells: missing believed killed; enemy action, Blenheim 3915, 82 Squadron, 8 September 194

    -> Opened 19th July 2021


    I am going to go after the 2080's files now but probably in smaller chunks - there are 6


    AIR 81/1803 01/01/2088
    AIR 81/1849 01/01/2083
    AIR 81/2119 01/01/2085
    AIR 81/2303 01/01/2086
    AIR 81/2404 01/01/2087
    AIR 81/2750 01/01/2086


    2 Files remain in 2090's but these are Additional Parts of Main Files

    AIR 81/2092/1
    AIR 81/2408/1

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    Default Re: RAF Casualty Packs 1939-45 Public Access

    OK made FoI for 3 of the files (the 3 oldest) references below


    AIR 81/2303 01/01/2086 TNA1634635388V50
    AIR 81/2404 01/01/2087 TNA1634634570U48
    AIR 81/2750 01/01/2086 TNA1634634903O31

    If anyone else wants a go - I suggest listing the crew full details especially if they died - Also stating if any PoW that if flew in 1939 or 1940 would be minimum 18 years old so now older than 100 years and so 100 years rule does not apply. I also add


    Re: FoI Closed Status
    Any correspondence post this incident with personal information less than 100 years rule could be redacted, any other data till under FoI could be placed in a separate file

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    Update

    Success already for 2



    We are pleased to tell you that, in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, it has been decided that AIR 81/2303 and AIR 81/2404 can now be made available to the public at The National Archives, Kew.

    AIR 81/2303 – Pilot Officer A E Wales, Sergeant J W Needham, Sergeant T Jordan: killed; shot down over Holland, Blenheim N3543, 235 Squadron, 27 June 1940

    AIR 81/2404 - Leading Aircraftman M H Winship: killed; Pilot Officer T A Grundy, Sergeant J G Cowlishaw, Leading Aircraftman P D Snowden, Leading Aircraftman T Murray: missing believed killed; failed to return from operational flight over Tobruk, Bombay L5848, 216 Squadron, 15 July 1940


    These two record were opened 29th October 2021

    AIR 81/2750 01/01/208 still ongoing
    Paul
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