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    Default 608 Squadron loss 28th February 1945, Dutch & Czech Crew ?

    Hi,

    Trying to help a friend. 608 lost as Mossie on the above date while attacking Berlin, KB273 6T-E FTR with the following crew, F/O H.W Tyrell 175963 (Dutch) and Nav Sgt H.J Erben 1607765 (Czech).

    I have been informed Tyrell escaped capture, while Erben was captured due to injuries.

    Question, can anyone confirm nationality of each and their Christian names?

    TIA

    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    I can add to the old post that Hanus Jiri Erben is really Czech name but he served outside the main stream of Czechoslovak airmen.

    Pavel
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    Hi Steve,

    I can agree with Pavel that Hanus Jiri Erben is really Czech name, but it is little bit more complicated with his Christian names. He served in the RAF under those names Hanus Jiri, but these names were given to him by Czech official in 1938 when his family moved from Austria back to Czechoslovakia. This Czech official in Slovakian part of Czechoslovakia not really correctly translated his real names Heinz Georg (his third name Roland was not used in his documents after that) to Hanus Jiri. During his service Hanus Jiri Erben adopted christian name Harry which he continually used after the war. Anyway he was born in Vienna to family of Slovakian Jews. This is an example of complicated Central European history.

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    Milan

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    Gents,

    A belated thank you all.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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    Hello,

    Here are Erben's naturalisation details in the London Gazette:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...7940/page/1832

    Note the name: Heinz Georg Roland ERBEN.

    Just to make things more interesting, we also have this entry:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...8666/page/3462

    Same person?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 15th January 2016 at 09:59.

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