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    My father, Charles Thomas Gillies Shields, died in 1992. Shortly before his death he asked me to take him to Coulombs in Normandy where he had briefly been based but alas he died before I could do so. Is there anyone who can remember him during his RAF service? I would be very grateful for any information concerning his time in the RAF as he spoke very little about it.

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    Nell1234, Welcome to the Forum

    Enlisted (probably on his 18th Birthday?) RAFVR 1199024 Apr/May 1940 (location not known) Charles Thomas Gillies SHIELDS. Commissioned Plt Off(P) (138692) from Sgt 7th Jan. 1943. Promoted Plt Off(P) to Fg Off(P) 7 Jul 43. Promoted Flt Lt 7 Jan 1945.

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    Many thanks for the information. His 18th birthday was 6th April 1940 so he must have enlisted then.

    Helen Fawcett

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    Helen,
    You now need to obtain his RAF Service Record from Disclosures at RAF Cranwell. This will show you exactly where he went, and when (EVERYBODY/EVERYTHING in the RAF has to be somewhere all the time!!). The Service Record will be full of abbreviations, acronyms, and RAF ‘official shorthand’!! Do not fear, there are folk on this Forum who can decode all these things for you – or if they can’t they will know someone who does!!
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    Thanks again, Peter. I sent off for the records a couple of weeks ago. I had a very quick reply saying due to cuts it may take up to 10 weeks. I'm looking forward to receiving them, my only regret is that I didn't start years ago when there was more chance of someone remembering him.

    Helen

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    Helen. Was he a Pilot - I have a few records and searching for him did not turn up his name, that said my records are no more than a snap shot of operations.

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    Hello Colin

    He was a pilot, No. 182 Squadron was a Typhoon Squadron.

    Helen, I have some large parts from the Squadron Operations Record Book, and I can confirm he's mentioned in it. For example, he flew, still as a Sergeant, a "Rhubarb", as wingman of F/L MANAK, on 3 January 1943, against shipping and Harbour installation at Bruges (must be actually Zeebrugge). After a very quick check (I stand to be corrected) this was the first operation flown by the Squadron. Manak was "B" flight commander.

    Sgt SHIELDS was posted to the Squadron on 30th September 1942, coming from No. 55 Operational Training Unit.

    I don't think there are many Typhoon pilots or groundcrew around. A few years ago, I was in touch with Douglas COXHEAD, who flew with 182 at the same time as your father, but that was in the 90es.

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    A large group of airmen and officers were posted from No.55 OTU on the 22nd September 1942 on completion of training. I only have a partial list and it finishes at Sellers, there are probably two or three more lines of names so if someone else has copies from the ORB covering the period they could perhaps check the course lists from mid 1942 which were in the ORB.
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    I have a photograph of him with A Flight No 3 Squadron 3 LTW in May 1941 if this is of any help

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    HiHelen,

    I have a book published by the Royal Netherlands Air Force History Unit, that shows a small photo of 182 pilots labelled Normandy, summer 1944. This includes your Father.

    Having said that this photo also appears in Norman Franks book "Typhoon Attack" published by Grub Street.
    regards Peter

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