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    Default Wing Commander Brian Paddon information wanted

    I have Wing Commander Brian Paddon at RAF Helensburgh instructing test pilots with the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment after he returned to this country in August 1941 following his escape from a German pow camp. His is remarkable story involving several previous escape attempts but I am interested how he ended up at RAF Helensburgh. I think this was via the RAF general duties branch, or Air Ministry. Helensburgh would have been a 'safe posting' after his ordeal. Also I would like to know how he spent his time in the RAF before retiring to Rhodesia in 1950. Any info much appreciated.
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    A small snippet: Group Captain Brian Paddon - I assume the same chap - stood in the General Election in 1945 as a Conservative candidate in the Attercliffe Division of Sheffield, according to the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette of August 3rd 1945. He finished second behind the Labour candidate.

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    Hello,

    Gp. Capt. B. Paddon was OC. RAF Langham during 1946:

    http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Station%20OCs-EAng.htm

    To save needless searching, there is a wealth of information, here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/17156.php

    Col.
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    THANK YOU FOR THE FEEDBACK. PADDON MUST HAVE BEEN POSTED TO RAF HELENSBURGH via General Duties Branch or Air Ministry then? This posting to Helensburgh is not recorded but I have Paddon interviewing Dizzy Desmond Cooper at Helensburgh for a role as a MAEE test pilot. Maybe Paddon was at Helensburgh in an Air Ministry capacity?
    Incidentally Paddon crashed Bristol fighter F4968 before the war robin bird
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    Brian Paddon was posted to No 40 Squadron at Wyton in late April 1940 to command a flight. On 10 May his was one of two Blenheims detailed to carry out a reconnaissance over the Rhineland. The other crew ftr, and Paddon landed safely, the aircraft on fire. On 15 May he assumed temporary command with the death in action of Wg Cdr E C Barlow, and again assumed temporary command with the death in action on 23 May of Wg Cdr J G Lewellyn (posted in to command 3 days earlier). Wg Cdr D H F Barnett assumed command on 3 June, and on 6 June Paddon and his crew were shot down by Me109s during an attack on Abbeville, all surviving to be taken POW. Five of the twlelve a/c operating were lost on that op. See my history of 40 squadron, Sweeping the Skies, pp. 130 ff. I was told that Paddon was desperate to escape and get back to the UK because he was a widower, with two young daughters. David Gunby

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    thank you David,
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    Default Wing Commander Paddon how did he die?

    With the help of the forum I have traced the career of Wing Commander Brian Paddon, who was at RAF Helensburgh during the war and died in Rhodesia in 1967. But how did he die? I think it may have been in a light aircraft crash? robin bird

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    You could have added your query to your recent Paddon thread (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ghlight=Paddon).

    If you Google Wing Commander Brian Paddon there should be a small number of hits in addition to RAF Commands. For his death see https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarch...0-%203149.html although there is no reference to an aircraft accident.

    Nor is there here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Paddon

    Brian
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    thanks Brian, I refreshed my inquiry about Paddon because my previous post brought a good response but not the cause of his death. My searches elsewhere had a similar result but at the back of my mind he died flying his light aircraft. It seems strange that such a famous man just faded away. I cannot find his obituary but found his widow Kay lived to be 100. Just spent a rainy afternoon double checking, including Aviation Safety Network, so this will be my last post for Wing Commander Paddon. Then it is RIP
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    A couple of points which may help, Robin:

    The only reference I can find to him dying in 1967 is at http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/Brian_Paddon , which actually cross-references to the letter in the 6 November 1969 issue of Flight. I suspect a typo and that he possibly died in 1969 (unless you have another link).

    Have you tried the House of Names website at https://www.houseofnames.com/paddon-family-crest ? I've not used it myself but G/C Brian Padden definitely features there. (Google Group Captain Brian Paddon House of Names and his name appears in the blurb under the website address.)

    Brian

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