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    Default Arthur Taylor, R.A.F. veteran ?

    Hello

    I read in the local newspaper that a commemoration parade was held in Dunkirk, for "Dynamo" and that it was opened by Arthur Taylor, R.A.F. veteran, aged 94. Absolutely no other detail.

    I understand this is a common name, but anybody here has knowledge about him ?

    Thanks in advance

    J

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    Joss,
    one possibility, 158sqdn A/G 1943-44, Sgt A.L. Taylor ?

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    Hello,

    In the local press here in OZ (Daily Mail [UK]MSN), Arthur Taylor is referred to as an AC2 Wireless Operator with No.13 Sqn, on Lysanders, attached to the Royal Artillery 61st Medium Regiment.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...acuations.html

    Col.
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    Hi
    If we have the right man then it would be normal for a wireles operator to carry his airman rank into the air at that time. He would have volunteered to fly and would have had a supplement to his pay. the minimum rank of Sgt for aircrew other than pilots and observers did not begin until about Aug 1940 when ground tradesmen would either have reverted to their ground trade and rank,mostly wireless operator and armourer, or become specialist aircrew with promotion to Sgt and any who followed would have been trained in the aircrew capacity on it's own.There would be nothing inconsistent with an AC2 at the time of Dunkirk being a Sgt on a Halifax in '43/44. A L Taylor is briefly mentioned in "In Brave Company" by W R Chorley as the rear gunner of a Halifax driving off a German fighter during a raid on Frankfurt with the a/c captained by a F/Sgt Skelton
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    Hello Dick,

    Afraid not, the 158 Squadron Taylor, was Killed in Action. (158 Sqn Pilot: AUS420069 F/Sgt Melville Wesley SKELTON RAAF)

    http://www.158squadron.co.uk/158_Squ...onnelTest1.php

    Alfred Leonard TAYLOR 615242

    + 24/25-3-1944 No.51 Sqn Halifax III MZ507:MH-P2 - Berlin - BCL5/129.

    Col.
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    Hello

    Thanks to all and hat off to Col on this one !

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    The Arthur Taylor you have mentioned, is my father.
    If you require any information on him, I'll be happy to help.
    Bruce Taylor
    Last edited by Guineapigpodge; 21st August 2015 at 09:55.

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