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    Hello
    I tried contacting Floyd Williston but have realished now that he has passed away. I therfore ask for your help:

    I am looking for help regarding information on this former RCAF man`s war record. According to family he was a crew member.

    The reason is that his brother now lives in Denmark. The brother`s son is married to the daughter of a friend of mine. That is how I got involved.

    This brother has now got cancer and have not got long time back to live. He has been asking about what his brother actually did during the war. You get a lot of time to think when you are sick and can do nothing.
    According to family Joseph Caron was a crew member.
    Which squadron he was attached to, which sorties he flew etc.

    Joseph Robert Albert Caron
    Born on 14/6-1925
    Died 26/12-1994
    Royal Canadian Air Force on 8/10-1943.
    Number K277434
    Rank: LAC.
    Honourably released on 6/8-1946.
    Transferred to the reserve General Branch Class “E”.

    His widow lives in Brunswick Canada.

    What will be the best approach to get these information ?
    Best regards
    Soren Flensted
    WWW.Flensted.EU.Com

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    Hello Soren,

    His service file will be at he Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.

    As he has been deceased for longer than 20 years it will not be a problem obtaining it, other than the 4-6 month wait.

    Proof of death will have to be supplied. Go here:

    http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discove...e-files.aspx#b

    and scroll down to How to Send an Inquiry Concerning Your Own or Another Individual’s Records.

    When the form is sent in I would suggest the health of the brother be mentioned as allowances are made.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thank you Dave. I will have his family member write them.
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    Soren Flensted
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    Or you can get a Canadian researcher to do it for you. It took me 2 weeks from the initial application, to receiving an electronic copy of the officer's full service file yesterday.

    Rgds

    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    Soren - from the information you have supplied - rank and serial number - Joseph Caron was not aircrew, the minimum rank to be operational aircrew by the time that he enlisted was as a Sergeant, and LAC is below that rank.

    The information that might come to light should advise if he was attached to any operational squadron, the bases that he was at in the UK and/or mainland Europe and his trade.

    Hope this helps.

    Allan
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    Thanks Allan
    I have advised the family to contact the Canadian archive
    Best regards
    Soren Flensted
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