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    Dear all,

    The latest edition of Wynn's Men of the Battle of Britain is due for release next year.

    Can anyone assist by providing names for the following airmen:

    Sergeant Bicknell Pilot 23 Squadron
    Bicknell flew several sorties with 23 squadron during the Battle but we still can't establish his first name or service number.
    His name is listed elsewhere as Nigel but I am sure that is incorrect (Nigel Bicknell's son has told me so).

    AC Lloyd 29 Squadron.
    A long shot. He flew just once on August 10th 1940
    Again, his first names and service number are needed.

    Any help would be appreciated

    Gerry
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    Gerry, Hi,

    This guy is a possibility?

    Births Dec 1921
    Bicknell John C Sturgess Pancras 1b 69

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —
    Flt. Sgts.
    925011 John Conway BICKNELL (135156). 10th Sept. 1942.

    925011 Enlisted Uxbridge Sep 1939

    SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 20 APRIL, 1943
    DFC
    Pilot Officer John Conway BICKNELL (135156), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 226 Squadron.

    HTH

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    Are we 100% sure Sgt BICKNELL is not a typo reference to Sqn Ldr L C Bicknell the C/O of 23 Sqn in 1940 ?

    if John Conway BICKNELL enlisted in Sept 1939 and was not pre-war RAF would be have qualified pilot by Summer 1940?

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    The 23 Sqn ORB has the following entry for 19/6/40 :

    " Four aircraft F/Lt Duke-Woolley, S/Ldr Bicknell, Sgt Bicknell, F/O Harding, carried out Night Interception Patrols..."

    http://www.oldrafrecords.com/db_brow...in=browse&rn=3

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for your replies.

    Angelsonefive is correct. There are several occasions when both Bicknell's were flying on the same day which would rule out a typo.

    A quick search of John Conway Bicknell DFC shows he was a navigator in 1944.
    Our Sergeant Bicknell was a pilot so I don't think they can be the same person.

    Regards

    Gerry

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    Gerry Sqn Ldr Bicknell's log book exists with his son in South Africa I will ask his granddaughter to ask her dad to check it so see if ever crewed together. If so it just it might just mention Sgt Bicknell but may give initial

    Paul

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    Cheers Paul
    That would be great.
    Could I ask if she would be willing to confirm that he flew with
    W R Stevens on June 9th 1940.

    cheers

    gerry

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    Gerry

    Sqn Ldr Bicknell's Log Book checked

    The entry for 9/06/1940 is correct with W R Stevens on a NF test for 20 mins.

    The 19/6/1940 entry has him flying with F/O Hunter-Todd and P/O Simpson on an NF test for .05 mins – followed by another flight with F/O Hunter-Todd on Night Patrol for 1hr 50min. - Obviously it would not confirm who flew in formation with, but shows that

    The 23 Sqn ORB has the following entry for 19/6/40 :

    " Four aircraft F/Lt Duke-Woolley, S/Ldr Bicknell, Sgt Bicknell, F/O Harding, carried out Night Interception Patrols..." is correct in as much that Night Patrol's were flown

    Paul

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    Cheers Paul,
    That is very helpful.

    If anything it would seem to confirm that there were indeed two Bicknell's flying with 23 at that time.

    Many thanks

    Gerry

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