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    Default 37701 Sqn Ldr John Graham THEILMANN

    Can anyone provide me additional information on this pilot, please, particularly regarding his postings 1940-1957?

    THEILMANN, JOHN GRAHAM, 37701, RAF

    > b Sculcoates, Yks, 2nd Qtr 1912

    grntd SSC in RAF, 27 Jan 36
    com Prob APO, 23 Mar 36
    FTS, Apr 36
    41 Sqn, 11 Oct 36-30 Oct 39
    Plt Off, 27 Jan 37
    Fg Off, 27 Jul 38
    Flt Cdr, 234 Sqn, Leconfield, 1 Nov 39
    Flt Lt, 27 Jul 40
    NE sick, RAF St Eval, & rel cmd of A Flt, 7 Aug 40 (did not return)

    > postings wanting, 1940-57

    Temp Sqn Ldr, 1 Dec 41
    trans to RAFO, 27 Jan 42
    rel com in RAFO, 2 Apr 57, rtng Sqn Ldr
    emigrated to Canada
    died Apr 85

    Any additional information would be appreciated, please.

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Hi Steve,

    This could be the John Theilmann who became a helicopter pilot within BEA's early rotary wing operation and later emigrated to Canada to join Spartan Air Services. Perhaps he flew early RAF choppers. Will dig a bit more at this end re his Canadian activities.

    Cheers,

    Robert

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    Hi Rob

    That's an interesting twist wasn't expecting. Yes, please, I'd appreciate that.

    Regards
    Steve
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    Hi Steve:

    'Like to keep you on your toes :-)

    The Spartan helicopter man was a John G Theilmann, AFRAeS. He appears as joining Spartan in early 1958 as Helicopter Operations Manager with 2,500 helicopter hours plus 2,000 hours fixed wing. He became chief helicopter pilot in late 1958 and after a company reorganization in 1961 became Technical Advisor within the helicopter division.

    During WWII was a Squadron Leader serving in RAF Fighter and Training Commands in Europe and Africa and with an early RAF helicopter unit.

    Joined BEA in 1947 to become chief pilot of the airline's experimental helicopter unit. Came to Canada and Spartan in '1953' (which doesn't mesh with your 1957 date). By 1958 he had flown the Cierva C-30A, Sikorsky R-4, Bristol 171, Sikorsky S-51 and S-55, all types of Bell 47s, Vertol H-21 and Alouette 2.

    A brief bio for 1961 says: RAF Fighter Command in Europe and Africa. First helicopter experience in RAF in 1944. Cierva Autogyro Co. in Britain on experimental helicopter flying. Chief pilot with British European Airways, Experimental Helicopter Unit.

    Even have a picture with Spartan!

    Hope this helps.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 29th January 2014 at 05:25.

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    Brilliant, thanks very much Rob; most appreciated.

    Regards
    Steve
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    Hi Steve. My name is Mike Theilmann and John G. Theilmann was my father. Came across your post and replied from Robert just by chance. If you would like more info on my dad's career I will put you in touch with my brother David Theilmann (who lives in Summerland, BC, Canada). He has my dad's log books and so on and can probably provide you with a lot more of the detail for which you are looking.

    Cheers

    Mike

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    Hi Mike

    Thank you very much for your message. I have sent you an e-mail. Please let me know if you have not received it.

    Kind regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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