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Thread: 582 Squadron F/Sgt or Pilot Officer R. L. Pocock RAF KIA 29.10.44

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    Default 582 Squadron F/Sgt or Pilot Officer R. L. Pocock RAF KIA 29.10.44

    Does anyone have the ORB for 582 Squadron and if so could you tell me if this chap was a WOP(Air) and when did he arrive on the Squadron. Was his F/Sgt number 1298453?He was flying with the Croft RNZAF crew when lost. Cheers, B

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    Barnsley, Hi,

    2nd Oct. 1944.
    1298453 Sgt (may have been A/Flt Sgt) Robert Leslie POCOCK Commissioned P/Plt Off (185749) RAFVR (GD Branch).

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    The ORB lists the Croft crew as posted to the squadron on June 28/44 and Pocock was on the crew when they flew their first op with 582 on July 23rd.
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    Thanks Gents, that's my chap. He was posted to 166 squadron in march 44. The crews pilot went off on his 2nd Dickie op to Nurnberg 30.03.44 and didn't come back. The crew were broken up and Pocock ended up on 582. Does the ORB say which Squadron they came from or were they a direct intake from HBCU?

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    No information on where they were posted in from in the ORB. This squadron was just formed in April and were transferring many crews in.
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    One sometimes sees the expression "headless crew" in certain ORBs after the loss of their pilot on a "second dickie trip" (or any other unfortunate circumstance for that matter), but I have not seen this appear on this forum before. It is very apt, and quite obvious really, and I think it a most useful term which we should adopt enthusiastically. Hands up all those in favour! Needless to say, "headless crews" were posted back to an OTU for "re-crewing", despite the obvious high cost of such a decision; however this does support the belief that the Air Ministry held very great store in the "crew spirit".
    David D

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