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    Hi,

    Does anyone have a copy of 23 OTU ORB, I am hoping someone could check if the following names, all of which were pilots appear between June & July 1942.

    P/O Hulme
    P/O Holt
    P/O Gill N
    P/O Gill D
    P/O Francis
    P/O Helliker
    Sgt Goldring
    Sgt Moorhouse
    Sgt Hebblethwaite
    Sgt Grove
    Sgt Milton
    Sgt Johnson

    Thank you.

    Steve
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    Steve,

    I have copies of the 23 OTU ORB for the end of May through 1 June, 1942 and mid July, 1942 through the end of the year, but cannot see any of your guys listed.

    Do you know when they were transferred in/out of 23 OTU?

    Chris



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    Hi,

    Does anyone have a copy of 23 OTU ORB, I am hoping someone could check if the following names, all of which were pilots appear between June & July 1942.

    P/O Hulme
    P/O Holt
    P/O Gill N
    P/O Gill D
    P/O Francis
    P/O Helliker
    Sgt Goldring
    Sgt Moorhouse
    Sgt Hebblethwaite
    Sgt Grove
    Sgt Milton
    Sgt Johnson

    Thank you.

    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    Re: Sgt Moorhouse.

    A Sgt G Moorhouse (2nd Pilot?), was aboard No.23 OTU Wellington IC R1062 that crashed in a field near RAF Pershore on 13-7-1942. Moorhouse was uninjured. Moorhouse had been involved in a minor accident three days previously, when Wellington IC R1466 crash-landed on the airfield. See: BCL7/136.

    Col.
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    Hi Chris, Col,

    Thank you both for your replies.

    In my attempt to get to grips with P/O Helliker's RAF career, I am scanning all the photo's I have of him. Now, if the log book and his notes are anything to go on, they too are incorrect. I have a group photo of the individuals mentioned in my original post. On the back is written 23 OTU.

    Happy to supply a copy if required.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    I am in the process of researching my Grandfather who was also at 23 OTU in the later months of 1942 before being transferred out to 420 Squadron at the end of January, 1943.

    I would be very interested in seeing a copy of the photo you have.

    Do you know from the log book when your man transferred out from 23 OTU?

    Regards,

    Chris

    [QUOTE=Steve Smith;110491]Hi Chris, Col,

    I have a group photo of the individuals mentioned in my original post. On the back is written 23 OTU.

    Happy to supply a copy if required.

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    Hello Steve. I have a copy of the ORB, but only see two of your Pilots, unless I am missing parts.
    P/O KS. Helliker, posted to 214 Squadron, no date but near the end of July
    Sgt J. Hebblethwaite, posted to 149 Sq July 28,1942

    Richard

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    Hi Richard,

    Great news, I had suspected he was sent to 214 Squadron's conversion flight, nothing in the log book, but a check on the Stirling serials he flew indicated 214, but I had no definite proof. Another piece in a confusing puzzle.

    Chris,

    Happy to send on, the only pilots shown in the photo are those recorded above, taken June / July 1942. If you still want a copy please pass on your email address.

    Thanks again

    Steve
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