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    Hi Guys,

    Can l bring the attached to your attention from another forum.

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/prisoners-war/13952-canadian-prisoner-war-diary.html

    Details taken from Sgt. James Blake Stephenson's wat time log, an RCAF crew member shot down over Germany and taken prisoner. Good reading.

    I have managed to get the family a copy of his POW liberation questionaire and will get copies of his flying record with 75 Squadron from Kew but if anyone else can add anything, please do.

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Nick
    Below is the entry for J B Stephenson RCAF from the record of 75 (NZ) Sqdn.

    STEPHENSON, Sergeant James Blake, RCAF.
    R.65625, J.96324 Air Gunner 75 Sqn X August to 15 October 1941. Crewed with Sgt Talbot as Rear-gunner, on ops 6/9 17-18/9/41. Next on ops with Sgt R C Barker (ditto) from 15/10/41; shot down night of 15-16 October 1941 during raid on Cologne, Germany. PoW# 24396 Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI and 357. Safe United Kingdom .../.../... Appointed to commission w.e.f. 1/11/44. Probably same man as the "Sgt Stevenson" as listed elsewhere, who crewed with Sgt F C Fox as Rear-gunner, on ops 10 24/7/41 (in which case his service with 75 can be moved back to X July 1941).

    Please note that the initials of his first captain (Sgt Talbot) are unknown as yet. The first service number (prefixed "R" above) is Stephenson's OR number, the "J" prefix is as commissioned. Hugh Halliday had a hand in the compilation of this entry, as with all RCAF entries in the 75 Sqdn record.
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    Default Sgt. James Blake Stephenson, RCAF POW story

    Thanks David (and Hugh) for this, l will pass it onto his relatives.

    From my own research, it is clear he served with 75 squadron from early July on some 14 missions. When l have more details from Kew, l will let you know.

    As you will see from the other forum, George has supplied some interesting info. and l am trying to give the family some info. back.

    Thanks for the help, as always.

    Regards,

    Nick

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    David,

    Checked this out. He certainly served from what appear his first operation on 10th July with Sgt Fox, moving on to fly with PO Roberts on 26th August but l cannot find any reference to him arriving. Did they only list pilots arriving at ths time?

    Nick

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    Nick,
    In 1940/43 period the ORB of 75 (NZ) Sqdn only listed the arrival (and departure) of officers; NCOs apparently did NOT exist!! Fortunately the Form 541s were not so squeamish, so we can track the progress of the NCOs, so long as they were flying on operations.
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    Thanks David.

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