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    Default Looking for info on my grandad pilot officer Gerald G P Hine

    Hello I'm currently looking for info on my grandad Gerald George Percy Hine he ranked to pilot officer service number 1585123 he was in37 squadron in 1944 and became pow when his wellington was shot down over Europe he ended up I. Stalag luft 4 his rank then was sergeant he was 19 he took part in the death march I was wondering if anyone out there knows him or knew off him have any pictures or can name any of the other 5 crew who went down with him on I believe the 26 June 1944. My grandad joined the raf at 16 and served 22 years

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    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...Loss-26-6-1944

    He is mentioned in this old thread on the forum, see above link

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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thank you Dennis your help is appreciated.

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    Gina, Hi,
    You do really need to obtain G. G. P. Hine's RAF Service Record. Follow the instructions at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/requests...ervice-records. It will cost you 30 and take a couple of months to arrive. It will be full of RAF Acronyms and abbreviations. There are many on this forum who can help you decipher them.
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    Gina, These two London Gazette links refer to your grandfather. I do not understand the reference in the second link:
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/2643
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/9640
    Regards, Terry

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    That second LG entry is precisely why it is vital to obtain his Service Record. It is a non-standard way of ending a period of Commissioned Service. The Service Record will, likely, give some indication as to where whatever caused it was actually located. If it was an RAF Station then the records for that Station can be chased up! It might, however, be a Civil matter. In which case there might be Court Records, or Local Paper accounts, to be found and consulted.
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    Peter, Thanks for your response. As with many of these forum mysteries, it deepens. Regards, Terry

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    Hello

    As an addition to the record of service, it might be interesting to access the PoW questionnaires, with all the names kindly provided by Col on the other thread :
    AUS415894 F/O Bruce EASSIE RAAF - POW - Camp L3/POW No.6868
    1585123 Sgt G G P HINE - POW - L4/2932
    1338846 Sgt R LOWING - POW - L3/2933
    535310 F/Sgt J J McCLURG - POW - L4/2931
    1615766 Sgt J PETTIT - POW - ?/2934
    1580370 Sgt R L SCOTT - POW - L4/2935
    From the WO 344 series at Kew

    I have Robert Leonard SCOTT's (WO 344/281/1). E-mail me if you want a copy. My e-mail address is in my profile. I don't have any of the others.

    Joss

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    Some background snippets on this unusual chap:-

    Births 7 May 1925 Hine, Gerald G P (MMS) Major Reg St.Thomas(Devon) Vol.5b p.74
    Deaths Q3 Reg 1988 Reg Newton Abbot Vol.31 p.1346

    1585123 is in the Block 1425001-1649900 (various Centres Apr 1941-Oct 1941). So Enlisted at age 16 – which checks!

    37 Sqn spent most of WW2 (after he had Enlisted!) in/around the Med. Wellingtons were phased out for Liberators between Oct-Dec 1944 (RAFWEB)

    Flight, 10 May 1945, p.516
    PREVIOUSLY REPORTED MISSING, NOW REPORTED PRISONER OF WAR.—
    Sgt. G. G. P. Hine. [NB 8 May 1945 was VE-Day!]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    Gina, Hi,
    You do really need to obtain G. G. P. Hine's RAF Service Record. Follow the instructions at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/requests...ervice-records. It will cost you 30 and take a couple of months to arrive. It will be full of RAF Acronyms and abbreviations. There are many on this forum who can help you decipher them.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Thanks Peter I actually wrote to the raf and have recieved some photocopies from them of my grandad ther quite difficult to read and understand but I'm slowly getting there he did end up in Singapore for a while and akitiria in Cyprus and a lot of bases in the British Isles thanks for your info and help its so appreciated

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