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    Default Flight Lieutenant Krishna DANDEKER (177755) AG W/OP - DFC

    Thanks to Resmorah for highlighting the existence of this officer. Since the name was clearly Indian origin, and I was interested in finding out more about him, I started looking him up the Gazette and Air Force Lists.

    I didnt get any Gazette Hits with Google (I have to try using Ross's engine) but the Air Force List hits clearly got me moving.

    Pete told me he was commissioned in January 1943, and based on that I found the first mention of him in the May 1943 AFL
    https://archive.org/stream/airforcel...e/270/mode/1up

    By July 1943 AFL he seems to have been awarded a DFC.
    https://archive.org/stream/airforcel...e/277/mode/1up


    By 1945 he was a Flight LIeutenant https://archive.org/stream/airforcel...5grea#page/383 . It appears there was also another AG / WOP officer by this time A Dandekar .


    Can anyone point me out to the LG issues where the DFC Was Gazetted - needless to say a Citation or a recommendation, along with Units he was associated would be much welcome.
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    Jagan,

    His surname is listed as DANDEKER, in the LG:

    930293 Krishna DANDEKER RAFVR (138834).

    DFC: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/2730

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    Thanks Col, I didnt notice the variation (I went with the more traditional spelling)

    Using just the service number and RAF as key words I got more hits

    1.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../2730/data.pdf (DFC Notification)
    Air Ministry, 15th June, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve
    the following awards: —
    Distinguished Flying Cross.Pilot Officer Krishna DANDEKER (138834), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 51 Squadron.


    2.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...t/421/data.pdf
    Promotion. Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant:— 4th Jan. 1951.
    K. DANDEKER, .D.F.C. (138834).

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    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...t/411/data.pdf
    Air Ministry, 24th January, 1950. ROYAL AIR FORCE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. Appointment to commission. As Flying Officers, short service (eight years on the active list and four years on the reserve): —
    Krishna DANDEKER, D.F.C. (138834). 19th Oct. 1949 (seniority 6th July 1947).

    4.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../7984/data.pdf
    ENGINEER - BRANCH
    Retirement
    Wing Commander K. DANDEKER, D.F.C. (138834)
    (at own request)., 1st Jun. 1972.

    5.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...supplement/932
    Commissioning from Sgt Rank
    930293 Krishna DANDEKER (138834). 6th Jan. 1943

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    My guess is an Indian Origin officer but someone who was domiciled within UK, perhaps born and bought up there and remained with the RAF?

    May I request any birth records (if born in UK) or any kind of embarkation lists (if arrived in UK?)
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    Hello,

    More on Dandeker:

    Sgt K Dandeker was a W.Op-AG aboard No.51 Sqn Whitley Z9144:MH-O, which attacked and damaged U-256, on 31 August, 1942:

    68187 F/L (Pilot) Edward O'Connor TANDY
    R/67735 F/Sgt (2nd Pilot) Lawrence O'Neill WEAKLEY RCAF - + 27/28-1-1943 No.51 Sqn Halifax II DT721 - BCL4/28
    Sgt (Obs.) W J MUSSEN
    930293 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Krishna DANDEKER
    754978 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Eric Victor John PURNELL - PoW 27/28-1-1943 No.51 Sqn Halifax II DT721 - BCL4/28 (later P/O 136323).
    1193714 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Robert George SHARLAND - + 27/28-4-194 No.156 Sqn Lancaster III ND509 - BCL5/197- (DFC - 51 Sqn [138832] LG:14-9-1943 p.4079).

    See:
    Swift and Sure:Eighty Years of No.51 Squadron RAF (York's Own Squadron)
    Ford,Keith S.
    Warrington:Compaid Graphics,1997
    pp.129-130

    and...

    Search, Find and Kill.
    Franks,Norman
    London:Grub Street,1995.
    pp.96-7

    Col.
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    Thanks Col

    Some details appear in this book : Royal Air Force Coastal Command: A short history of the maritime air force ... By John Campbell

    http://books.google.com/books?id=9UG...0Tandy&f=false

    Additionally I found his DFC Citation/Recommendation in FLIGHT magazine 5 August 1943 issue
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/flight...t_AS1943-2.pdf and

    Plt Offr K Dandeker RAFVR No.51 Sqn
    This officer has participated in bombing and anti-submarine patrols. On returning from his first operational sortie he had to leave his aircraft by parachute while over the United Kingdom and broke his ankle. Although out of action for four months as a result of his hazardous experience, P/O Dandeker's enthusiasm for operational flying remained undiminished, and he completed a long and praiseworthy tour of operations.

    Now for his date and circumstances behind first bale out? A photograph? His family background?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jagan View Post
    His family background?
    And here I go:

    Krishna DANDEKER son of Parasharam Vishvanath DANDEKER and Mabel Floretta Eveline BARNARD married Yvette Camille Nellie BOGAERT
    Arjun DANDEKER son of Parasharam Vishvanath DANDEKER and Mabel Floretta Eveline BARNARD married Yvonne Margaret Florentina BOGAERT(This explains the two Dandekers who were both in the RAF. and confirms both were brothers. A Dandeker's service number was 177755 - he was an AG/WOP too)

    His father Parasharam Vishvanath DANDEKER, born about 1883 in Nagpur, India. Came to the UK (Birmingham) in about 1900 and never returned. His grandfather was Vishvanath DANDEKER, died before 1915.

    Krishna DANDEKER apparently died in 2012 in Cyprus ( http://www.mundia.com/in/Person/53671211/13551790091 )

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    Jagan,
    Birth Reg Q1 1918
    Dandeker Krishna, (Mother’s Maiden Surname)Barnard, Aston(is in Birmingham) 6d 671
    HTH
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    Jagan (et al),
    I knew I knew him from somewhere!
    Got ‘im!! Sqn Ldr K Dandeker posted to HQ 38 Gp Odiham as Gp Sigs O as A/Wg Cdr 1 Nov 65. When I joined 38 Gp he would probably have been titled G Elect Eng. G Elect Eng amongst other things had, under his control, the RAF Tactical Communications Wing (TCW). In TCW there was an Airhead Comms Sqn, within ACS was a small Flight that looked after Tac ATC and Mobile Met Unit comms. This is where I came across him!! Promoted full Wg Cdr 1 Jul 67.
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