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    Thanks for your help, Linzee!

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    Default Travers Kilfera Falkiner 400701

    Looking to find out where Travers 'Trav' Kilfera Falkiner RAAF (400701) was based before he left Britain for service overseas.

    Also looking for information on what caused his Wellington MK XIII MP705 to crash in Leros on 7 November 1943, with several others on board: ADAMS R W – (Flying Officer); Service Number – J12210 RCAF
    SPENCER A J – (Flying Officer); Service Number – 133796
    BROOME D – (Sergeant); Service Number – 1030902
    FARRELL J B – (Sergeant); Service Number – 1268415
    TROWBRIDGE W – (Sergeant); Service Number – 1163901


    He survived but was taken POW until end of WW2

    Thanks for any help you can give.

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    The following site should help, from searching on google.
    http://www.grafasdiving.gr/en/shipwr...k-xiii-mp-705/

    You can have Falkiners service file and his A705 casualty file scanned on the Australian National Archives site for a very small fee. Search for his service number.
    http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/

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    Thanks, Dennis - the first site gave interesting information - I was under the impression he was captured and was POW for the rest of the war - but that seems now not to be true. I note that the island close to his crash, where he ended up with the rest of the crew, was Sifnos, not Liros, and from there the crew finally made Cyprus?.

    Unfortunately, I'm not able to access his records as held by the NAA - seems they're not cleared for viewing....
    So I'm still looking for more info on him via this Forum - in particular, where he was based before he left Britain when posted overseas - and when that happened - he seems to have been in England in July 1942 (met up with my father John Falkiner in England then).

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    The fee is not so small...... around $70 AUS dollars, I believe!

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    Well they were much cheaper when I last got copies of service files (AUS$15.00 or the like), must have changed file structure to force people to come themselves or use independant record copiers. I dare say there must be a cottage industry of people who will attend the NA on your behalf and for a, hopefully, more reasonable fee, take digital copies of the files.

    I dare say if you made a post on their facebook or twitter accounts, suppliers or punters might give you recommendations.

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    As I said below - can’t access the files to get them digitised - they just don’t seem to be available - so I can’t get the info at any price! Not sure anyone on the spot would be able to see them either?

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