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    Do you know more about this guy: http://www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/...0&ctid=1&cid=8

    The article claims that he became an ace during the Battle of Britain!

    John Engelsted

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    John, Happy to be proved wrong, but a Google search suggests that he was in and out of the RAF prior to WW2 and may have served in Ferry Command during WW2. There is a previous thread on the forum. Regards, Terry

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    John,

    The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in rank. 20th Mar. 1934:— Walter George Molyneux Barron BROOMHALL.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer: — 20 Sep 1934 Walter George Molyneux Barren BROOMHALL.
    Flying Officer Walter George Molyneux Barren BROOMHALL relinquishes his commission on completion of service. 20th Mar. 1938
    Flying Officer Walter George Molyneux Barron BROOMHALL (72552) resigns his commission. 9th Feb. 1941.

    I can't find either of his Commissionings in the LG (but note that the LG spells his 4th forename as Barron and Barren - so that might have something to do with it?).

    Born 1912/1913. Two(?) Marriages. Left for Oz (Sydney) aboard the Orontes on 10 Apr 1953, aged 40, Occupation given as 'Test Pilot'! Looks like COL BRUGGY may have to do some digging his end?

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    Peter,

    Broomhall's (first), commissioning: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...3927/page/2290

    Problem is "Broom-hall".

    Second crack of the whip! https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4605/page/1553

    Only thing I can tell you about our Broomhall, is: "Captain" W Broomhall (travelling 1st-class), arrived at Fremantle, W.A., aboard the S.S. "Orontes" on 7 May, 1953, He gave his address as The Orient Line, Spring Street, Sydney, N.S.W.

    Col.
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    Tks Col,
    Peter Davies
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    John

    If you search for him on the FMP newspaper archive, he was a busy chap during 1942-1944:

    Western Morning News, March 26th 1942

    A former R.A.F. officer, who stated he was in the Battle of Britain and had represented this country in the Olympic Games, and who, his solicitor said, had rescued people from snowfields in Canada and rescued others from drowning, appeared before Braunton Divisional Bench at Barnstaple yesterday on a larceny charge.
    Defendant, Walter George Molyneux Barron Broomhill, aged 29, a test pilot, of London, pleaded "not guilty" to stealing a parachute, worth 29, and a parachute bag, worth 14s and 6d., the property of the Air Ministry on charge to Atlantic Coast Air Lines, Ltd., and a life-saving jacket.
    He also pleaded "not guilty" to detaining certain articles of clothing and flying equipment issued for the use of Officers and airmen.
    Broomhall told the court...he was commissioned in the R.A.F. from 1933 to 1938, and went to South Africa to take up a flying post worth 1,600 a year. When the crisis came he returned at his own expense and was again commissioned in the R.A.F.
    There was no intention to steal the parachute. Other of the articles were his own property issued to him, and which he had the right to retain. The life-saving jacket he did not know was in his kit.
    By a majority decision the Bench dismissed the charges.


    Marylebone Mercury, October 2nd 1944

    Captain Walter George Molyneux Broomhill, living on the cabin cruiser 'Wildfire' moored off Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, was fined 5 with 5 guineas costs at Brentford on Friday for assaulting the Superintendant of Brentford Baths.

    Liverpool Daily Post, August 30th 1944

    Walter George Molyneux Barron Broomhill, aged 32, was yesterday charged with travelling from a United States Air Force camp in North-West England to Northern Ireland without the permission of an immigration officer.
    Broomhill, it was said, flew an American plane to a United States camp in Northern Ireland and was alleged to have told a detective that he was aske by a high ranking American officer to make the flight to see another high ranking American officer. The names of both were given to the court.
    Broomhall was remanded in custody until September 6th and was refused bail. He was wearing a blue uniform with R.AF. wings and an Imperial Airways badge.


    Chelsea News, December 1st 1944

    Found guilty at London Sessions for receiving a brooch and other articles, part of the contents of a hat box containing property valued at 5,500, belonging to Mrs. Stopford-Sackville, Parkside, Knightsbridge, and which was stolen from a bus, Captain Walter George Molyneux Barron Broomhill, 32, civil air pilot, of Finsbury, E.C., was sentenced to 15 months hard labour.

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    Simon, thanks for those 'portraits'!!!
    As you say - a "busy chap"! So, what was he doing from when he comes out of 'clink' (Mar 46?), and the time that he decides (and has the 1st Class* funds to enable him) to inflict his, clearly, complex personality on our Australian brethren?
    I am - to an extent - surprised that the film world had not latched on to his exploits. Would have made a good film? I would have thought that somebody like Terry-Thomas (for those of you old enough to remember him!) would take the lead!!
    And what of this "Ferry Command" tale? Somewhat of a "Walter Mitty" character (to use another cinematographic analogy!).
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    According to the ORB for 6 OTU he joined there on 31st October 1940 and according to the ORB for 46 Squadron he left them on 9th February 1941.

    John

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    And according to the 1 Squadron ORB he arrived there on 2nd December 1940 and was posted to 46 Squadron on the 15th.

    John
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    Got around a bit, didn't he!!

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