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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anyone can help me with the commanding officers, i.e. squadron and both flights? I have only info that one of flight commanders should be S/Ldr Brain.

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    Hi Pavel

    Ron James's "Avenging in the Shadows" gives the Sqn CO as being S/L J Brain DFC, AFC, from October 1949 to January 1952.

    No details of Flight commanders, unfortunately.

    Ian

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    Hi Ian, many thanks for your reply.
    Seems my info was incorrect as I was expecting CO of Bomber Squadron in the W/C rank...

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    Ian are you sure with the decorations? I was able to find on LG:

    41661 S/Ldr Jack Brain, AFC

    So only AFC, no DFC till retirement.

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    Hi Pavel

    I can't say whether it's correct or not. That's just what it says in the book.

    Regards

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    Thanks for confirmation Ian, will try to verify it from another source.

    Pavel
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    Pavel (et al),
    The problem might be that there were TWO Brains:
    Cecil James Algernon Grant BRAIN (41660). He got the DFC
    Jack BRAIN (41661). He got the AFC.
    Both Commissioned on the same day!!! One has to assume that they were related, but I can't find 'em in England/Wales BMDs!
    (I do wish these people would not do this sort of thing. It only confuses us researchers. LOL!!).
    HTH
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 25th December 2013 at 12:37. Reason: Afterthought(s), and 'tidying up'
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    Hello,
    Regarding his birth, noting that one of Cecil's earlier LG entries says he was a cadet at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, a Jesuit Boarding School favoured by wealthy Catholic families, I would bet some of your money on him having a bit of Irish in him.

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    Pete, Hi,
    You may just have cracked it!! When The Met Team were investigating their WW2 RoH Casualties a significant amount of (a) hard, and (b) peripheral, info came from School "Old Boys/Girls" - and Uni Alumni - organisations. It might be the same case in this instance! I will, on this occasion, allow you to bet a very, very, small amount of my money on your presuppostion being so!!
    Do we need Dennis on the case???
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    Hi Peter,

    many thanks!
    I agree with you - it is unfair from them such a confusion:)
    I have checked the LG and still it seems to me the 214 Sq CO at the time mentioned was Jack BRAIN (41661). I hope I will be able to find another source to prove it.

    Pavel
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