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    Nick,
    You write: At the point he filled in the questionnaire in May 1945 he was WO (but would have received promotion whilst a POW) James Wesley Garnett, RAF, of Kingsbury, NW-Q.

    Two questions:
    - which promotion - from what to what - has Garnett received? WO = ?


    - His adress in the questionnaire is 13 Wyndale Ave[nue] Kingsbury NW-9 (you write NW-Q).

    Was this a guesthouse perhaps?

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    Perhaps, Simonbakker,
    If you get an address then you may be able to gain access by volunteering to digitise their archive?
    HTH
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    They 'digitise' on request. Recently someone on here was asking about her Grandfather who was a pre-war Caterpillar, she contacted them they sent her a copy of the info in their archives. What is interesting is that Irvin sent her a copy of all correspondence which she kindly allowed me to view

    The letter they wrote to her grandfather was

    Dear Sir,
    We have noticed in the Press that you made an emergency parachute descent several days ago near
    XXXXXX
    It is our custom to offer with our compliments to all those who have saved their lives in emergency
    with an Irvin Parachute, the gold badge of the Caterpillar Club.
    If you would like to have this, we shall be pleased to have one of these Pins engraved with your
    name and to send it to you.
    If you would care to send us (not for publication) a short account of the incident for our records, i.e,
    the height at which you jumped and the kind of landing you made, we should be grateful.
    Yours faithfully,
    FOR AND ON BEHALF OF
    IRVING AIR CHUTE OF GREAT BRTAIN LTD.


    The interesting bit is they quote 'not for publication' even back then

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    Simon,

    I am trying to get you a copy of their Caterpillar club applications and Morrison's Liberation Questionnaire.

    Promotions were awarded to captive aircrew but much more slowly than those serving.

    You will see from Garnett's that when he was captured, he was a Sergeant but on release, he was a Non-commissioned officer, Warrant Officer, as per his liberation questionnaire.

    My Father took nearly four years for this promotion, serving airmen could possibly expect the same promotion in 6 to 12 months, others longer, even though they continued to fight, sometimes die, for King and Country.

    Regards,

    Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonbakker View Post
    Hello,
    Sorry, today I have read in Wikipedia that the badge is an honour for every one who saved his life by landing with a parachute.
    I hope that also appears the badge of Morrison.....
    Who knows something?

    Simon Bakker
    Simon.
    This book will provide some good information on the subject of the Caterpillar Club as well as other clubs
    'Goldfish Caterpillars and Guinea Pigs'

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    Hi Paul, is that digitisation on request for family only?
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Colin,

    I was just about to E Mail you. Do you have any specifics on these two guys or any advice?

    Regards,

    Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    Hi Paul, is that digitisation on request for family only?
    Yes.. They offered details as next of kin

    I have only seen one other private record of Irvin records and I think you can google a copy of a third though without access to my records I can't recollect the name at moment

    Paul

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    I guessed so. Thanks for the info.
    They kind of confirmed a list of names for me before.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Nick Quick e mail sent.

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