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    Hello,
    McConnell, R. J. - POW.

    Were there two R. J. McConnell's that were POW's ?

    Reason for asking is -

    F/O. R. J. McConnell - 17 - May 40 - 82 Sqn - Blenheim "UX-T" - L8830 - POW.
    and
    F/L. R. J. McConnell - 10/11-Feb 41 - 21 Sqn - Blenheim "YH-F" - T2282 - POW.

    Anyone have details of christian names ?

    Or is one name given in error ?

    Thanks
    Alex

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    Unless of course, you already got your info from Clutton-Brocks volume, he lists them both. 82sqdn ORB shows F/O McConnell in P8830, no "L" reg aircraft on strength.

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    Hello AlanW,

    have not heard of Clutton-brocks ?

    P8830 I believe would have been an Oxford ?

    crews were:
    "L8830"
    Sgt S J Fulbrook - evader - not in the list here:http://www.conscript-heroes.com/esca...ers.html#nameF
    and
    LAC H Humphreys - POW - in Ross's list on this site.
    "T2282"
    Sgt E W Green - POW
    and
    Sgt D E Bristow - POW
    are both listed in Ross's list.

    Alex
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    Clutton-Brock has two volumes, "Footprints On The Sands Of Time" a list of BC Aircrew pow's, and "RAF Evaders" which lists BC Aircrew who evaded. Fullbrook is in the latter, but according to the notes, no Evasion Report is known for him.

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    Thanks AlanW for info on the books.

    So,
    F/L Robert James McConnell - (39421- L3-410 ) [ F/O promoted to F/L from 3rd Sept 40]. - "YH-F" - T2282.
    and
    F/O ( L3-410) McConnell, R. J. "UX-T" - L8830 - Christian name ?

    Alex
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    Hello

    I have Fulbrook's initials as S.H.

    On 20th May 1940, he was apparently back at Watton and wrote a debriefing report about the Gembloux raid (17th May 1940) and his evasion from the continent. There are actually very few RAF evasions reports from that period, partly because the frontline was moving. One of the earliest I know of is that of Basil Embry, shot down on 27th May 1940, in the WO 208 series at Kew.

    The debriefing report is a joint one by Sgts Fulbrook, T. Morrison and Wyness, all shot down during the Gembloux raid, in the Appendix of No. 82 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/685).

    I'm interested in the 10/11 February 1941 loss. Bristow reports his place of capture as "north coast of France", but I don't understand if he means inland or in the Channel or the north Sea.

    Alex, do you know more ?

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    Bomber Loss Card "T2282" 21 Sqn - Blenheim "YH-F" 10/11-Feb 41

    has
    Pilot Robert James McConnell 39421 F/Lt PoW
    Obs E W Green 749583 Sgt PoW - No First Names on Air 78
    AG D E Bristow 755839 Sgt PoW - No First Names on Air 78

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    Hello,

    One more full name:

    Prisoners of War.

    Flt. Lt. R. J. McConnell , Kesh, County Fermanagh, North Ireland.
    Sgt. Eric Walter Green, London Road, Whimple, near Exeter.
    Sgt. D. E. Bristow, Old Farm Road, Guildford, Surrey.

    Flight. February 27, 1941. p.183.

    Col.

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    Bristow "Old Farm Road" Guildford throws up
    http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/board.../1225727?d=asc

    FreeBMD Search of Bristows in Guildford all with same 'general area' and 8 of them reviews



    Births Dec 1920 (>99%)

    Bristow Donald E Garton Guildford 2a 170 Scan available - click to view

    Douglas is a few years before and Peter after..


    So I strongly suspect D. E. Bristow is Donald E Bristow

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    Thank You Gentlemen for your replies.

    However it still leaves the question of what were/are the Christian names of:

    F/O. R.J.McConnell the pilot of Blenheim "UX-T", L8830 - 82 Sqdn - 17th May 1940, who also became a POW.

    What puzzles me is the Camp detail for both men, (L3 -410), I get the "L3" is the camp number but is the "410" the prisoner's number or an extra camp detail ?

    Thanks again
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 27th November 2013 at 15:47.

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