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    Default Squadron 35 gravely path finders info.

    I recently came across your website while looking for information for my grandfather. He is 92 and worked with the pathfinders in the Second World War. He was in squadron 35 in Gravely.

    Over the years he has not always wanted to talk about his memories too much but in the last few months his interest has increased. I would love to take this opportunity to share some of his experiences and to try and locate any survivors or relatives of survivors.

    [FONT=UICTFontTextStyleBody][COLOR=#000000]He often flew in the Lancaster Q known as "Queenie".

    my grandfather was known as "Worcester"

    he still has his log book so if anyone would like any information or to exchange memories please get in contact with me. [/COLOR][/FONT]

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    I am in the process of documenting the history of No 35 Squadron, so I would be happy to produce a document for you relating to his time with No 35 Squadron which you can use in your discussions with him. We can gradually expand it based on his log book and memories.

    If that would be of use to you please let me know his name and I will make a start.

    [Please note that I have had to lock the 35 Squadron website mentioned in my signature due to abnormal activity on the site in the Far East over the last week]


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    Pete
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    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Thanks for getting back to me. His name is William John Phillips. Any information at all that you can provide us with would be great. I have just recently applied for his military records too and with his log book too there is a lot to work with. He has a really clear memory of a lot of the events too. Look forward to hearing back from you.

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    Thanks for the update; I will e-mail my initial findings to you in the next few days.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Well we can start off with the Distinguished Flying Medal to 1582133 F/Sgt gazetted 17 April 1945.

    The citation will be in Taverner's books but can't get to them at the moment.

    As it happens I have an acquaintance whose grandfather was a F/Sgt navigator of 35 and received the DFM also. Charles Ernest Davies by name.

    Colin Cummings

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