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    Default Flight Lieutenant Archibald Augustus James Beer 43314 CWGC 18/04/42

    Any idea how this airman died ?

    What makes him interesting is that he was born in 1892, enlisted in RFC before WW1 in Jan 1913 with Service number 555
    and was commissioned 24th Apr. 1940. 555 Archibald Augustus James BEER. (43314) where he was around 47 and had been in service for 27 years! - I wonder if any one with a earlier service number was ever commissioned in WW2?

    he was MiD at least 2 times (one web site says 3) during his service Jan 1916, October 1921 (Mesoptamia)


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    Paul,

    From Malcolm’s excellent RAFWEB

    18-Apr-42
    BEER, ARCHIBALD AUGUSTUS JAMES (43314) RAF - age 49
    Flt Lt
    He was serving at Kalafrana at the time of his death and was killed during an air raid on Malta. He is buried in Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.

    They don't make 'em like that any more!!!

    HTH

    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Peter

    Thanks

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    Hello,

    "I wonder if any one with an earlier service number was ever commissioned in WW2?"

    Well, not by much:

    545 Wilfred Arthur CLAYDON (43514)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4864/page/3354

    There are probably others.

    Here is Beer's third mention:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35841/page/40 (see also p.35)

    Col.
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    Hi,

    I checked the India General Service Medal Roll 1908-1935 R.A.F.

    BEER A.A.J F/Sgt Clasp - North West Frontier 1930-31

    Mark

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    All
    Thanks for adding to the story

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    All
    Thanks for adding to the story

    Paul
    just been reading all about AAJ Beer- as I have found this on ebay and wanted to find out who these belonged to and after finding his first world war records I came across the thread on here so wanted to add to it http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RAF-Epaule...gAAOSwax5YrW1o
    I also found out he was born in Devon in 1892/93 and was a 1/am in 1914 and was awarded the 1914 star

    certainly an interesting man and is great to have all this info on him

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