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    I am looking for information about the air victories accomplished by Sergeant John Stanley Gilders from the 72 Squadron at Biggin Hill, all claimed in September 1940.
    Gilders claimed a damaged Dornier Do-17 on 2 September, a Me-110 destroyed on 4 and he shared a Do215 on the 10th. He also claimed a Bf109 destroyed on 11:01 and forced down a He-111 on 15. He damaged two Do17s on 24 and 25 and claimed a further Bf109 and JU88 destroyed on the 27th..

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    Hi

    From my "Blood, Sweat and Courage" (Fonthill, 2014), Appendix I:

    GILDERS, JOHN STANLEY ‘Gilly’, 741587, RAFVR; b Deal, Kent, 4 Oct 19; ed Brazil, & Bancroft’s Sch, Woodford Green, 1930-35; emp in Accts Dept, Unilver; joined RAFVR, 21 May 38; 18 E&RFTS (DH82 & Hart), Fair Oaks, 11 Jun 38 (1st solo, Tiger Moth, 11 Jun 38); 1 ITW, Cambridge, 6 Nov 39; 3 FTS (Audax & Hart), S Cerney, 1 Feb-14 Jun 40; Sgt Plt, 14 Jun 40; 72 Sqn (Spit I), Acklgtn 15 Jun-8 Nov 40 (FF, 20 Jun 40; 1st op flt, 26 Jun 40; 1st combat, 1 Sep 40); IFA in Spit Ia, N3221, 22 Aug 40; 1 Dam Me110, 2 Sep 40; 1 Dest Me110, 4 Sep 40; ½ Dest Do17 w Plt Off Robson, 10 Sep 40; 1 Dest Me109E, 11 Sep 40; 1 Dest He111, 15 Sep 40; 1 Dam Do17, 24 Sep 40; 1 Dam Do17, 25 Sep 40; 1 Dest Me109E & 1 Dest Ju88, 27 Sep 40; 616 (S Yks) Sqn (Spit), KiL, 10-27 Nov 40; A Flt, 41 Sqn, 27 Nov 40-21 Feb 41; FTR/KIFA from routine patrol in Spit IIa, P7816, presumed result of anoxia, 21 Feb 41, aged 21; s of George & Ivy Gilders; aircraft wreck excavated & remains recovered, Chilham, Kent, 20 Apr 94; bur Grave 20.E.15, Brookwood Mil Cem, Surrey, 11 May 95

    May I ask you interest in Gilders, please?

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    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Thank you for your answer Steve.
    Our interest for John S. Giles is due his origin . He spent most of his life in São Paulo where his father worked for Unilever.
    We are writing a book about the Anglo-Brazilians and the British expats who were living in Brazil and went to fight on the RAF during WW2. Our book also includes the donates Spitfires and Typhoon's squadron ( 193 squadron Bellows of Brazil) . Over 600 volunteers served including some well known such as W/cmdr Cosme Gomm, Robin Mc Nair and Richard Wellington.

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    Thanks for that. Please contact me off board at brewATclientsDOTch (replacing AT and DOT with the relevant symbols) and I will put you in touch with the Gilders family.

    Steve
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    Anderson,

    Any projected date/title for the publication of your book/s?

    Col.
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    There are 6 combat reports for him at the N/A, five here discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7490663 and one here discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7450207

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    Steve, Bruggy, Alan,
    There are some 5-6 Brazilians researchers (including myself) and at least 2 foreigners historians writting about the same subject. Another searcher is writting about the Brazilians WAAF and another one about the Brazilians who flew for the Luftwaffe....so a lot of interesting books will come in the futur...
    During my 6 years of researches I only covered some 100+ Brazilian and foreigners who sailed from Brazil to serve the RAF, on an unfinished book of already some 1,200+ written Pages.
    Anderson, with whom I got in touch seems to have found the Full (so far NOT known) list of ALL volunteers.You are covering 600 RAF volunteers or This Number includes the RN, Army servicemen? Congratulations, Buddy and a "cavok Sky" to your project...it seems I will need your book to finish my own...
    Do bear (readers of This thread) in mind that our Government NEVER honored those volunteers, some of whom won the DSO, DFC, etc....
    Adriano

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