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    Morning All,

    Does anyone get some details about his career? A pre-war 602 Sqn pilot, its seems that around Nov-Dec he joined 65 Sqn but was re-posted to the 602 in April 40 to take over the squadron. Neither 602 nor 65 Sqns give any details about what happened up to April, his name is not even mentioned. In January 1940, he was promoted Squadron Leader so we can imagine that it was to command 65 Sqn, but this position was held by S/L D. Cooke in the same time!!

    Also, when he left in July, was it his last operational posting?

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Phil

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    Phil, Hi,

    George Cannon PINKERTON is granted a commission as Pilot Officer. 18th Oct. 1933

    Pilot Officer George Cannon PINKERTON is promoted to the rank of Flying Officer. 18th Apr. 1935

    Flying Officer George Cannon PINKERTON is promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. 8th Jan. 1938

    DFC 28 Nov 1939. Flight Lieutenant George Cannon PINKERTON, Auxiliary Air Force (90160).
    During October, 1939, Flight Lieutenant PINKERTON, leading a section of his squadron, engaged an enemy bomber. The aircraft attempted to take refuge in the clouds, but with great skill and initiative Flight Lieutenant PINKERTON led his patrol in pursuit and, with total disregard of danger, brought his guns to bear from a distance of fifty yards, causing the enemy aircraft to crash into the sea.

    Squadron Leaders (war substantive temporary) to be Wing Commanders(temporary). George Cannon PINKERTON, D.F.C.(90160)

    OBE 2 Jun 1943 Wing Commander (now Acting Group Captain) George Cannon Pinkerton, D.F.C. (90160), Auxiliary Air Force.

    AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Wg. Cdrs. (temp.) granted the rank of Wg: Cdr. (war subs.):
    G. C. PINKERTON, O.B.E., D.F.C. (90160). 23rd Sept. 1943.

    ROYAL AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.
    Relinquish Wing Commanders, retaining the rank of Group Captain:
    G. C. PINKERTON, O.B.E., D.F.C. (90160). 11th June '1954.

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    Hello,

    Pinkerton was twice mentioned in despatches:

    A/GrpCpt LG: 8/6/1944

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/2614

    A/GrpCpt LG: 1/1/1946

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37407/page/89

    Col.

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    Hi Phil,

    Have this on Pinkerton:

    George Pinkerton.

    Like many of the pre-war auxiliaries, Pinkerton first gained his category 'A' flying licence with the Scottish Flying Club before being commissioned into 602 Squadron. In April 1940, Douglas Farquhar was posted to be Station Commander at Martlesham Heath in Suffolk and Pinkerton took over command of the Squadron. Three months later he was posted to the Turnhouse Ops Room, handing over command of the Squadron to Sandy Johnstone.

    Pinkerton went on to lead the Speke Wing flying nightfighters over Liverpool and, in 1942, took over the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, training pilots whose Hurricanes were fired from rocket powered catapults fitted to the bows of merchant vessels, The increased availability of escort carriers made the somewhat hazardous practice obsolete, no doubt to the relief of the pilots who, if out of range of land, were required to parachute from their aircraft near an escort vessel which would then pick them up. Promoted to Group Captain, Pinkerton then took over command of 56 Operational training Unit at RAF Tealing near Dundee where his Wing Commander flying, was none other than his old 602 comrade, Sandy Johnstone.

    See:
    This Present Emergency:Edinburgh, The River Forth and South-East Scotland and the Second World War.
    Jeffrey, Andrew.
    Edinburgh:Mainstream Publishing,1992.
    p.26.

    Col.
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    If his birth year was 1909, then he Relinquished at age 45! I wonder if somebody had whispered in his ear that he was unlikely progress to Air Rank?
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    In The Times of London on 14 Aug 62 it was announced that Gp Capt G C Pinkerton, of South Mains, Houston, Johnstone, Renfrew, had been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (Google it for duties) of Refrewshire (in the days when England/Scotland were not so divided as they are now!). South Mains is a farm (still there) but whether Pinkerton had taken to farming, or whether he was just using it as his residence is not known. I suspect the former, and that he had become well known in 'local circles'. But just why a very efficient, and well-promoted, fighter pilot never made Air Rank might be worthy of some investigation!!
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    Hello,

    George Pinkerton was described by former 602 Squadron comrade, AV-M Sandy Johnstone CB,DFC, in 1976, as; "Still running his rhubarb farm in Renfrewshire." (Enemy in the Sky My 1940 Diary.
    Kimber,1976.p.183).

    Pinkerton also received an Air Efficiency Award (AE).

    Col.

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    Hello,
    When he became a rhubarb farmer he clearly did not sever his links with flying, as the following shows:-

    THE SCOTTISH FLYING CLUB LIMITED
    AT an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Scottish Flying Club Limited, duly convened and held at 91 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1PA, on Tuesday, the 12th day of September 1978, the following Special Resolution was duly passed:—
    RESOLUTION
    "That the Company be wound up voluntarily, and that Francis Eugene Joseph McCrossin, Chartered Accountant 105 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5EG, be and is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purpose of such winding up."
    G. C. PINKERTON, Director.
    Registered Office:
    91 West George Street,
    Glasgow, G2 1PA.
    12rh September 1978.


    Just what the history of The Scottish Flying Club was, I know not. Neither do I know of Pinkerton's involvement in the day-to-day activities of the Club.

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    Hi all, does anyone have the aircraft details of George Pinkerton that he flew during October 1939?

    Kindest Regards Mike Hyrons

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    PINKERTON, George Cannon, W/C and Acting G/C, DFC (90160, RAFVR) - Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, Fighter Command - Officer, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/9609 (courtesy Steve Brew) has citation.

    This officer has been in command of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit since January 1942. Since then the pilots of the unit have destroyed five and damaged two enemy aircraft in six engagements. The high state of efficiency and morale of the unit is due to the keenness of this officer who has give the closest attention to the detailed training of the personnel under his command.

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