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    On behalf of the daughter of F/Lt. R.F. Tinkler (128541) I am trying to put together his service history.

    Here are my questions, I know he served with 83 Squadron, prior to that I believe he did a tour with 156 Squadron. Can anyone confirm my assumption about his service with 156 Squadron?

    Secondly I know he was gazetted for a D.F.C. on 12 November 1943, I presume it was for the completion of his second tour, I would appreciate someone telling me how the citation reads.

    Regards, David.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    David,
    With reference to your email, Tinkler was with 35sqdn prior to 83sqdn. He was posted from 35sqdn to 83sqdn, as Signals Leader, on 12/4/43. Their was a Sgt R.F. Tinkler with 156sqdn, from April to Sept 1942, (24 ops) who was a W/Op. Their final trip with 156sqdn, on 16th Sept 42, finished with a lucky escape. They made a belly landing, with undercarriage u/s, and one engine, and flares that were hung up in the b/bay, ignited, causing the aircraft to catch fire. They also claimed a FW190 as shot down. I have the 83 and 156 ORB's, but nothing for 35sqdn for 1943.
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    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency) : —
    1309926 Sgt Ronald Frederick TINKLER (128541). 1st May 1942.
    (Enlisted Jun 1940 Padgate)

    Plt Offs. (prob ) to be Flg Ofifs on prob (war subs ) —
    R F TINKLER (128541). 1 Nov 1942.

    SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12 NOVEMBER, 1943
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Flight Lieutenant Ronald Frederick TINKLER (128541), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 83 Squadron.

    Flg. Off. to be Flt. Lt. (war subs.): —
    R. F. TINKLER, D.F.C. (128541). 1 May 1944

    Air Ministry, 1st January, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches: — Flight Lieutenant R. F. TINKLER, D.F.C. (128541), R.A.F.V.R.

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    Thanks Alan for the additional information and confirming that his prior squadron was 35 Squadron.

    Peter thanks for the information you so kindly provided.

    D.
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    Give me a couple of days, and i'll get the ops together for 83 and 156.

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    Thanks Alan.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    David,

    Have you advised Tinkler's daughter to apply for his service record? Whilst it will not provide the details posted by Alan, it will certainly give a more comprehensive list of all the units with which he served. As has been posted many times previously on this forum, details as to how to proceed are given at https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-pers...sonnel-records .

    Brian

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    Thanks Brian, that is in hand.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    Hi,

    I came across some information from an Air Ministry Bulletin AMB regarding his award of the D.F.C.

    A/Flt Lt TINKLER was born in 1916 at Norwich. His home is at Grantham Lincs. He was educated at Grantham Central School. He enlisted as aircrew in the R.A.F.V.R in 1940 and was commissioned in 1942.

    Mark

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    David,
    Tinkler probably joined 156sqdn sometime in late March 42, as his first op was on 2nd April, to Le Havre. He went on to complete 24 ops with the squadron, 13 under the Captaincy of Sgt D.J. Bright, and 11 under P/O G.A. Proudfoot. We know that he was with 35sqdn at some point between leaving 156 and joining 83sqdn as Signal Leader, on 12th April 43, and with 83sqdn, he completed 18 ops, the first being to Cologne on 3rd July, and apart from a couple of these, he flew under S/Ldr A.B. Smith DFC. His last op with 83, was on 3rd Oct 43 to Kassel, and he was posted to 15 OTU on 24th Oct. I will email a list of ops/dates, sometime later today.

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