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    Does anyone know if the RAAF Service Files held at the National Archives (Australia) contain information about an individual's experiences of (a) the loss of his aircraft (b) his time as a POW (eg place of capture).

    What I am trying to establish is whether purchasing the file will provide any information on how the aircraft was lost and where.

    I am assuming his POW Questionnaire will be at TNA, Kew but wondered if the Australian file will add anything.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Pete
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    I have had digitised several RAAF files, mainly for service details. I was given a link for that, and took the information accordingly. Recently, I have been writing this up and so did a general search on the name which in a couple of cases has brought up two files, the second (often of over 100 pages) concerning their loss. These include letters to and from family, but also details, where known, of the loss and also of the subsequent exhumation and reburial.

    As with any such file, there is no hard and fast rule but certainly of those I have seen they have been very interesting.

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    I am assuming you are referring to the Casualty File, which, as you say, normally contains a wealth of information. However, all the crew in this case survived and were taken POW so I am presuming (maybe wrongly) that a Casualty File would not have been produced.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    In my research of the former Pennfield Ridge Air Station I have ordered service files for a number of RAAF airmen. There was one RAAF airmen in particular who survived a crash of a Ventura a/c and there was two files generated for him. One containing his service file and one containing correspondence back and forth with his family in Australia on his condition, etc. This second file did provide a few additional details on the crash.

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    Christian

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    Thanks once again for the response.

    Spurred on by the feedback, and after a few failed attempts, I managed to find all the files relating to this particular individual held at the archives, including a service file [A9300], a casualty file [A705] (even though all the crew survived / captured / POW) and a capture file [A13950].

    I am now presuming that I would not find any information in the service file regarding the loss / capture (but that may be another incorrect assumption of mine) but it would be worth paying to access the other two files.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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