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    Default W/O Michael de Beauchamp Collenette DFM

    Can anyone tell me which unit W/O Michael de Beauchamp Collenette was serving with when he was awarded his DFM?

    I have him coming from HCU to 83 Squadron on 3rd April 1943, before joining 61 Squadron on April 10th , and finally being lost on 28th April after flying three sorties with them. I would assume that this could be the start of his second tour after a spell instructing.

    Any leads gratefully received.

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    Andy

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    Andy,
    Flight Global May 21st 42 quotes 108sqdn along with citation.
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    Hi Alan,

    Many thanks for the information and prompt reply. Much appreciated.

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    Andy

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    My father flew with Sgt Michael Collenette in 108 Squadron in Egypt in 1941/42. I would be interested in any information of Collenette's postings before then and in the period April 1942 and April 1943 when he joined 61 Squadron. I'm happy to share any of the info re 1941/42.
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    Tim,
    I have the 61sqdn ORB if you want anything from it.

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    Hi Alan
    Thanks for the quick response. I'm not sure what is in the ORB's but I know Collenette made only three flights with 61 Suadron. I'm new to this forum so not sure how you would send any details without going through this thread.
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    Tim

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    ORB, Operations Record Book. Just pm your email address to me, and i'll send scans of the ops.
    Alan

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    Hi Alan
    Tried to send you my email address but got the following message:-
    AlanW has exceeded their stored private messages quota and cannot accept further messages until they clear some space.
    Also I can't send emails to you because of your settings
    Sorry about that
    Tim
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    Tim,
    You can contact me at a forum i run for 50-/61sqdns.at squadronforum.freeforums.org .....good news is, that he was posted in to 61sqdn from 83sqdn as Andy stated, and i also have the ORB for that squadron as well.

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    For what it is worth, Michael's father was Captain Frank de Beauchamp Collenette RFC (Gen List Observer - 4 Sqn). Michael's brother was Flt Lt Frank de Beauchamp Collenette (87368) RAFVR KIA with 238 Sqn in the Western Desert on 28 Jun 1942. He had three sisters; Marie Poppy Collenette Third Officer WRNS married Flt Lt Peter Foy Perry DFC RAFVR in Alexandria on 27 Nov 1943, Barbara de Beauchamp Collenette WRNS married Paymaster Lt John Michael Wade RN on 2 March 1942 and Flt Lt Romer Marie Cecile Collenette WAAF.
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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