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    While researching Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, RAF Helensburgh, I came across Corporal Gordon Frederick Cummins, the Blitz Ripper. I have first hand accounts from people who served with him. Does anyone know when he joined MAEE and left? I think he went to Scotland from Felixstowe and know he had left by April 1942 when convicted of murders. robin bird

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    Service number was 525987 according to Wikipedia.
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    I had a look at the Kew online index and most of the files on his case are still closed, possibly opening after 75 year-rule kicks in in 2017. Currently available files arel DPP 2/989, DPP2/952, HO 144/21659, MEPO3/2206, PCOM9/919, CRIM1/1397.

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    He is described in 3 reports in The Times as both an aircraftman and a cadet(?). He was arraigned on 21 Feb 42 for alleged murders of 3 women said to have occurred between 9 -13 Feb 42. He had to have a re-trial because somebody showed the wrong people the wrong evidence!! Must have been found Guilty. He appealed against the Conviction but that was refused by 10 Jun 42. Death Reg Q2 1942 Wandsworth 1d 544 (aged 28). Justice clearly did not hang (no pun intended!) about in those days! Oh, that it were so today!
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    His trial lasted a day, and the jury took just 35 minutes to find him guilty. Swift justice indeed.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Cummins was a leading aircraftman/corporal at Helensburgh and became an 'air cadet' when he went to London to train as a pilot or aircrew. Pretty sure he came up with MAEE from Felixstowe to Helensburgh? Spoken with a WAFF who Cummins used to walk home along the front at Rhu. He was a ladies' man. I only know of his links with MAEE Helensburgh through first hand accounts from people who knew him, otherwise there has never been any reference of him in MAEE only RAF
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    We had to add a 'g' to the family surname after Uncle Gordon let us down so badly. He might have got away with it if he hadn't left a piece of kit behind with his name in it!!!!!

    Colin Cummings (somewhat tongue in cheek)

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    Nice one, Colin!!
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