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    Hi,

    A real needle in a haystack here, I am trying to identify four pilots of No.3 LFS who instructed the pilots of 218 Squadron during their conversion to the Lancaster in July 1944, I have the 3 LFS ORB but cannot find any initials for the following ;

    F/Lt Finnerty (possible George Finnerty DFM DFC) RCAF
    F/Lt Halley ( Possible Leonard Halley DFC)
    F/Lt Jolly ( possible William DFC DFM)
    F/O Boncoutti ( sic)

    Any pointers welcome.

    TIA

    Steve
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    Steve,

    I can find the following "Jolly's" Commissioned:

    Sergeant. 23rd NOV. 1940. (Seniority 20th NOV. 1940.) 740556 Stephen Claud JOLLY Cmd Plt Off(p) (88427).
    Leading Aircraftman. I5th May 1941. (Seniority 20th Jan. 1941. 930273 Herbert Charles JOLLY Cmd Plt Off(p) (68269).
    Tempy. Flt. Sgt. 13th Jan. 1942. 937817 Arnold William JOLLY Cmd Plt Off(p) (116826).

    Arnold William Cmd seems a bit late for him to do a full tour 'on type' - and then become an instructor? Didn't Enlist until WW2 had started.
    I would have plumped for Stephen Claud (740556 is RAFVR Pilots Jan 1937). Sgt Pilot, got some 'time in'?
    With Herbert Charles (another WW2 start Enlistee) as my each-way bet (using your money - of course!!)

    HTH

    Peter Davies
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