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    Default F/L Charles Frank Rex, Mallett VR 754074/144634

    Hello again,
    Could you please help with this 74 sqn Spitfire pilot.
    Does anyone know his DOB and where did he come from.
    Many thanks for all
    Roy

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    Roy,

    Births Q1 1921
    Mallett Charles F R MMS Duke Registered Tynemouth 10b 481
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    He was born in Newcastle, Cullercoats or Whitley Bay on January 17th 1921. Rex was my grandfather. My uncle has his flight logs. He flew in Burma too.

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    Mr Harwood

    Welcome to the Forum, and thanks for posting the information.

    Interesting stuff - do you know what unit he was flying with while he was in Burma?

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi there,
    I have he was with 67 sqn at Comilla from 11-7-44. They disbanded at Akyab Main on 16-7-45.
    Best wishes,
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    Thanks for that info Roy, much appreciated.

    Regards

    Simon

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    My mother mentions she has a copy of some of his logs. I can detail precisely how he was trained if you like (he has detailed the nature of each training session, in order). He started with 43rd squadron, then 258, 72nd and 74th... She didn't read anything from Burma during our call. He details all the planes he flew in training and delivered during and after the war, DH-89, DH-82, Hurricane etc. Post 1945, he became a flight instructor, then a doctor. Immediately after the war he was placed in charge of a POW camp in Norfolk, housing Polish (?!) POWs, working the land.

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    According to the 67 Squadron ORB he arrived on November 17th 1944 from ATP Poona. But where was he from November 1941 to November 1944?

    John Engelsted
    Last edited by JohnE; 27th October 2016 at 18:31.

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    Hello Mr Harwood,

    Most interested in your replies as I am sure Roy is. I have an interest in 74 sqdn at the time Rex served with them due to an interest in one of his contemporaries, William Philip Dales, a local lad. I had a short biography of Philip Dales published in the aviation press and would like to expand this in the future.

    Is it possible for you to supply a copy of Rex's logbook for his time with 74 sqdn (March - July 1941) and should any photographs from this period survive, copies of these also ?

    Many thanks for any assistance you can lend, replying to this forum or direct to ianDOTsimpson94ATntlworldDOTcom

    Ian

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    A quick update. I've just come across a photo (sadly not of the greatest quality) in the Shields Evening Gazette, Friday May 4th 1945 captioned as follows:

    "Two R.A.F. Spitfire pilots just returned from a sortie against the Japanese in Burma. They are Warrant Officer H. S. Norris, of Wolverhampton, and Flying Officer C. F. R. Mallett, of 18, Beverley Terrace, Cullercoats."

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    Simon

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