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    JimC and I have been able to photograph an autograph book owned by a 93 year old lady. We were given the impression by her that the signatures were of aircrew from RAF Hunsdon, predominantly an airfield associated with wartime Mosquito night fighters. Looking at it i think she may be confused as to where she obtained these signatures

    Many of the signatures have 'Second Pilot' written underneath, or other positions held. I strongly suspect these may be post war aircrew, but with wartime experience, possibly from the early V Bomber Force. One has no rank, but Hurricane pilot written next to it

    Can anyone recognize any of the following names? All the following are as they are written in her little book..albeit not in alphabetical order as per my list!

    F/O J H Catlin DFC Captain
    S/L R G Collins AFC Captain 'B' Flight Commander
    F/O P S Cole
    F/Lt T W Cooper AFM Navigator (Obs)
    F/O G Davey AFM Navigator (P)
    F/Lt D R Dewar 2nd Pilot
    F/O H W Ellerbeck 2nd Pilot
    F/O H P Flint 2nd Pilot
    F/O W J Foot Navigator (Obs)
    F/Sergeant D I Game Navigator (Obs)
    F/Lt P J Goodall 2nd Pilot
    F/O J J Harreld Navigator (P)
    F/O S A Ingham Signaller
    S/L D J Lieth Navigator (P) Squadron Navigator Leader
    F/O D E McGill Signaller
    S/L J B Miller DFC Navigator(O) Squadron Bombing Leader
    F/Lt D G Parsons 2nd Pilot
    F/O W A Philp Navigator (P)
    J B Rigby Hurricane Pilot
    F/O D K G Ross 2nd pilot
    F/O G W Rushforth 2nd Pilot
    F/O E R Small 2nd Pilot Squadron Adjutant
    P/O G B Stratford DFC Signaller
    F/Lt E G Tucker Signaller
    F/O R S Tylee Signaller
    S/L R G Wilson DFC Captain 'A' Flight Commander
    F/L E T Wood Navigator (O)
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    Denis, Hi

    Got one! (Will add to this post as time/effort permits)

    1320338 James Henry CATLIN ( 168836).
    1334639 Ronald George COLLINS (161398)
    1255788 Thomas William COOPER (178719).
    511958 George DAVEY (48480).
    3046021 (David Russell DEWAR (3046021) (??)

    HTH

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    Don't know if it will help but there was a Hurricane Pilot by the name of
    Sgt J.B.Rigby who served with No 81 Squadron as part of 151 Wing in Russia.
    Iain

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    Thank you both for the start,

    Peter, what was the designation of the (P) ? I take it (O) was the same as (Obs) Observer? and did the aircrew trade of Signaller evolve from a Radio operator?

    Iain, looks to be the same chap, many thanks:)
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    Hi Denis

    James Catlin was a Lancaster pilot on 166 Sqn (Kirmington).
    He was screened from ops after the Leipzig raid of 19/20th February 1944.
    His DFC was an immediate award following events on this raid where he brought his badly damaged aircraft back to Manston.
    There was a CGM and two DFMs awarded to three of his crew. See LG 17th March 1944.
    Catlin was a Pilot Officer at the time. His promotion to Flying Officer was from 2nd June 44. See LG 30th June 44.
    Could the personnel be from a Heavy Conversion Unit?

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    Hello James,
    firstly thank you, Jim & I have no idea about any of these people. As I said, we were under the impression the old lady had sourced her signatures from Hunsdon based crews until we actually saw the autograph book. She herself cannot remember where she met these aircrew or when, other than to say the RAF signatures were all on consecutive pages with people like Joe Loss, the band leader, and other notable people including a few post war MP's were after. They could well be from a HCU, but she claims she did not travel a lot and I cannot think of an HCU anywhere near this part of Hertfordshire.

    She is convinced that she got the signatures during the war, but after talking to her and photographing the book we came away thinking that her memory is not what it used to be. Sadly that is probably going to be the case with all of us in time!,at 93 she has earned that right.

    Maybe as we get others contributing, we might be able to work out if any of these did serve post war especially in the V force
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis View Post
    They could well be from a HCU, but she claims she did not travel a lot and I cannot think of an HCU anywhere near this part of Hertfordshire.
    Perhaps more chance of an Operational Training Unit in that part of England?
    Pershore, Honeybourne, Peplow and Tilstock were all airfields that hosted OTUs.

    Mike

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    I think you might have mixed up Hertfordshire with Herefordshire Mike :)

    The entries Captain, and 2nd pilot intrigues me.
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    A few more from the LG (some well into the 1950s!)

    4044379 Henry William ELLERBECK (4044379)
    H. P. FLINT (2530405).
    W. J. FOOT (4041426).
    P. J. GOODALL (2425514).
    J. J. HARRELD (4074999).
    D.E. McGiLL (1119348).
    J. B. MILLER (129944).

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    And more:-
    D. G. PARSONS (3046114). (??)
    W. A. PHILP (3507627).
    J. B. RIGBY (126707)
    D. K. G. Ross (3511823).
    G. W. RUSHFORTH (579523).
    E. R. SMALL (3065382).
    G. B. STRATFORD, D.F.C. (636773). (Probably?)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. Commission relinquished. Flight Lieutenant R. S. TYLEE (157521) (on reenlistment in the R.A.F.). 25th Aug. 1948.

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