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    Default F/Sgt (F/O) Gwyntor Jones VR-1316471/176137

    Hello,
    I have very little on this Spitfire pilot. Possibly enlisted at Oxford from October-1940. With his name he possible, came from Wales.
    He was flying with 130 sgn at Ballyhalbert as a Sgt from 31-5-43 and stayed with 130 sqn when he destroyed a V-1 on a Anti-Diver Op on 16-8-44.
    On 16-1-45 still with 130 sqn he force landed in Spitfire XIV RM655 near Malmedy in Allied lines.
    Now could anyone please help where he came from.
    With thanks,
    Roy

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    Roy, Hi,

    15 May 1944 Commissioning
    1316471 Gwynfor JONES ( 176137).

    Note Forename spelling. Problem is that there are rather a lot of Gwynfor Jones'.

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Correct Peter!! Jones is the Welsh version of Smith and in the first half of the last century Gwynfor was a very common forename, but was particularly predominant in Welsh-speaking West Wales I believe. It doesn't narrow the field very much, but of there's nothing else to go on it may be of some limited help...

    All the best,

    Greg
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    Many thanks to Peter and Greg, so Gwynfor possibly came from West Wales,
    Every little helps,
    Thanks, Roy

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    Roy,

    One method I've used in the past is to contact local newspapers in the area I think a chap came from and ask them to run an appeal / story. Local papers are usually very keen on this as it holds a lot of "human interest". If you want me to try and find details of some local papers in West Wales for you, let me know and I'll see what I can find out.

    Diolch,

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    Thanks Greg for your kind offer, of 400 fighter pilots Gwynfor has been a mystery. With no DOB and location I have not found where he trained until joining 130 sqn.
    Many thanks, Roy

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    Roy,

    Came upon this post again during my research. I don't believe that the G. Jones who served in 130 Sqn. was 1316571/176137. The Air Force List has this officer listed as a Navigator rather than a Pilot.

    Tom

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    Thanks Greg, Tom and Peter. That is interesting about him being a Navigation Officer. I see my original query here was 5 years ago. At present I am back tracking the 130 sqn in 1943 so this is helpful/
    Many thanks to all.
    Roy

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