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    Morning all,

    I have received the following email enquiry yesterday from the family member of a recently-deceased crewman, via the 100 Squadron Association. The email is self-explanatory. Unfortunately, Walter "Snowie" Strange never served with 100, and I can find no mention of him via Google. It's a long shot I know, but as the funeral is imminent, I thought I'd post the enquiry here in case anyone can help. If you can add anything, drop me a PM or an email to gregATgreg-harrison.co.uk and I'll put you in touch with Andrew.

    Many thanks and best wishes as always,

    Greg

    "I wonder if you can help me by giving me any information/websites/ contacts about my wife's uncle Walter 'Snowie' Strange. He died yesterday aged 92 & I understand that he was a navigator on Lancaster bombers during the second world war. I heard that he 'bailed out' twice, although I understand that this could just be bravado. It's just that he will be buried soon & if his story is true, it would break my heart later in life to find that his life had not been noticed after the bravery I can't begin to imagine. Please let me know either way, or get back to me if you need any more information. Thank you in advance. Mr. Andrew Mullen."
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    Hi Greg, I am afraid that there is so little info we will be not able to trace him properly.

    I tried the LG and found one candidate in the RAF Regiment:

    Transfer between branches.
    Fig.Off. W. M. D. STRANGE (137968)
    relinquishes his rank at his own request and is transfd to the Gen. Duties Br. in the rank of Pit. Off. 6th July 1944

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issu...pplements/3671

    but I am not able to confirm it was really him.


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    Thanks Pavel. I knew it was a long shot with so little info - I've emailed the sender back and asked for anything else he might know, however insignificant, and will post it here if I get anything. But in the interim, considering the circumstances, I thought it was worth asking anyway. I've got a database of all B.C. losses and crashes, and I've run his name through that, but nothing immediately obvious comes up on that either. I fear we wont be able to help, but as I say, it was worth asking, just in case...

    Thanks again buddy, all the best,

    Greg
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    Exactly Greg, any bits and pieces which can help as in this case the LG is not helpful as no full given names there for this chap.
    I tried also Mr. Google but was able to find only AG Sergeant H.J. Strange.

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    Pavel,

    1352861/(137968) William Mark Duckett STRANGE RAF Regt.

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35949/pages/1367

    Col.

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    Thanks Colin:-) It is not our chap so other personal details are desperately needed.

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    Some options from Air 78

    Walter John Strange #1459294

    Walter Lyle Strang #1370081

    Walter Thomas Strang 1345159

    Note NOT the W L Strang who was in this aircraft

    Stirling III BF578 of 218 Squadron, 29-Jul-1943 / 30-Jul-1943. Crew, PoW

    he was William Laird Strang #1367360

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    2014 minus 92 = 1922. Therefore, from BMD:

    Births Jun 1922 (>99%)
    Strange Walter R Street Wallingford 2c 602

    Births Dec 1922 (>99%)
    Strange Walter J Roach Lambeth 1d 593

    Paul's Walter John is a possible maybe (or vice versa!) Enlisted Cardington Apr 1941 aged 19. Fits?
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 6th March 2014 at 13:03. Reason: Enlistment data
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    Col, Pavel, Paul, and Peter,

    Many thanks for your valued help. I've emailed the chap again with the details you've provided to see if any of them fit. As soon as he gets back to me, I'll let you know if any of them match.

    Best as always,

    Greg
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    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
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    Hi all - a small amount of additional information has just come in - his full name was Walter John Strange, and he was born in Brixton, Lambeth on the 22nd September 1922. More information to follow apparently.

    Thanks again,

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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