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    Hello,

    New in this forum, frenchie-Belgian .... apologies for my english!
    Writing a book about my father ex RAF and after the war Flight pilot at belgian forces .. I'm filling a queue of all I can found on internet. I have just discovered this forum.
    My father, Gilbert Vandevelde was enrolled in the 17 ITW Scarborough Flight A Squadron 3 as mentionned on this enclosed picture. (Sorry, I have yet to learn how to place it) I dont know any more except he went after in Charlottetown n°2 Air navigation school and could be on another place between those 2 places...

    So any informations, pictures (the dream) could be appreciate at a high level...

    """""MVDV

    Already one answer from PeteT:

    I can only find one Gilbert Vandevelde (Service Number 1899848 - Gilbert Hector Julian Vandevelde). ... is this the right person? This person's service number suggests that he was a Belgian who joined the RAF in about June 1943.

    If this is the correct person, then I am sure that myself and others will be able to see what we can find for you.

    Regards

    Pete"""""""
    Last edited by Mvandevelde; 25th July 2014 at 08:05.

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    And what are you looking for??

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hello pavel,
    I made a copy past from my last Thread in suggestion of PeteT... Junior member you know ;-)

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    Hi MVD, welcome aboard and now it is much better:-)
    In your case - writing a book - I would suggest you to contact the RAF and ask them for your father's service record. You have to prove your kinship and pay 30 GBP but it is worthy.

    Here you can find the instruction + address:

    http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/raf.html

    HTH

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    I am not sure if the service records of Belgian airman flying with the RAF are held here in the UK; can the Belgian experts help confirm please?

    If they are, then the first thing you should do is to apply for a copy. This will provide all the information you need regarding his training and operational service. I will provide you with the link once I know if they are at the UK Record Office. [Pavel has provided you with the link in parallel with my response]

    Your reference to Charlottetown suggests that he trained in Canada before starting his operational service.

    Once you have his service record (which will take several months to obtain) you will be able to establish which squadrons he flew with and obtain additional details about his operational activities.

    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 25th July 2014 at 08:51. Reason: Info re Pavel response in parallel posting
    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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    Bonjour

    Une suggestion écrire au CDH
    Centre de Documentation Historique
    Quartier Reine Elisabeth
    Rue d'Evere 1
    1140 Bruxelles
    02 433350

    Si ma mémoire est bonne vous pouvez obtenir le dossier de votre papa

    Bonne journéé

    rené

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    Hi

    I have acquired the records of a Belgian pilot from Innsworth some years ago for his family so I would think the RAF will still hold his records.

    Malcolm

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    Finaly I'm number one to takeoff!!!

    11/43 1 ACRC Regent Park
    11/43 17 ITW Scarborough
    3/44 6 EFTS Sywell
    3/44 ACOC Heaton Park Manchester
    4/44 31 PDC Moncton New Brunswick
    5/44 6 Bomber Gunner school Montain view Ontario
    7/44 2 ANS Edmonton Alberta
    12/44 Pilote Officer
    12/44 31 PDC Moncton
    12/44 Back to GB
    12/44 7 PRC Harrogate Yorkshire
    3/45 1 observer Advanced Flying unit.

    Infos are coming from our Belgium military archives..

    Therefore I'm now like a pictures hunting!

    MVDV
    Last edited by Mvandevelde; 2nd September 2014 at 11:12.

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    Ce que j'ai fait aujourd'hui... Merci car j'y ai fait mon bonheur!!

    Reg

    Michel

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    Hello PeteT,

    Do you know the place of the 1 Observer Advanced Flying Unit in end of 1944?

    Thank you,

    Michel

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