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    I am trying to establish the date and place of birth of the following pilots who I believe came from Southern Rhodesia. Also looking for photographs of them.
    Flt Lt Thomas Archibald Burke SR80139
    Flt Lt Paul Prendergast Devenish SR80198
    Flt Lt John Frederic Fortescue Finnis SR80035
    Flt Lt John Robert Haarhoff SR80154
    Flt Lt Allan Thomas Willis SR80371
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    Andy

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    Hi Andy

    Not quite an answer to your question, but thought this might interest you anyway:

    FINNIS, John Frederic Fortescue ‘Jack’, Flt. Lt., SR80035, SRAF/RAFVR, S. Rhodesian; de Havilland FI, SRAU, Belvedere & Salisbury, 1938; grntd. com. in RAFVR as Prob. Flt. Lt. for DoH, 1 Aug. 1940 (sen. 5 Dec. 1939); 1 Sqdn. (Spit. I), Northolt, early Sep. 1940; 1 Dam. Do17, 7 Sep. 1940; 229 Sqdn. (Hurr. I), FM 18 Oct. 1940; 1D Me109, 14 Nov. 1940; postings wanting Nov. 1940-Jun. 1942; IFA in Hurr. I, P3588, Little Hulton, 13 Feb. 1941; conf. as Flt. Lt. (since prom.), 1 Aug. 1941 (gaz. 19 Sep. 1944); attached 41 Sqdn. for patrol (Spit. Vb, W3654) w. Actg. Flt. Lt. W. Palmer (Spit. Vb, W3852), 16:55-17:25, 11 Feb. 1942; Temp. Sqdn. Ldr., 1 Jun. 1942 (sen. 1 Mar. 1941); Flt. Cdr., 127 Sqdn. (Hurr. IIb), Shandur, Egypt, 9 Jun. 1942; Actg. Sqdn. Ldr. & CO, 33 Sqdn. (Hurr. IIc), N. Africa, 20 Jul.-31 Oct. 1942; postings wanting, Nov. 1942-Sep. 1945; RAF com. as Flt. Lt. (Temp. Sqdn. Ldr.) rel. on reversion to SRAF, 8 Sep. 1945.

    I believe Finnis was only attached to 41 for one sortie, but am yet to find any evidence of further activity with 41. Sorry, no DOB or photo.

    Trust this is of interest

    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Andy,

    All but Burke and Willis get fleeting mentions in the narrative of 'A Pride of Eagles - the definitive history of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920-1980' by Beryl Salt. These do not answer your query about birth, however, and the index does not cover the appendices.

    In the illustrated sections (unnumbered and unindexed) there are photos featuring Finnis (following p52 and p116) and Devenish (following p148).

    Cheers,
    Errol

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