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    Alexandre_Folk Guest

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    Hello Gentlemen,
    Im new in this forum.
    Im a researcher of WW2 and looking for biographical informations of four pilots who flew in RAF in WW2.
    im seeking for promotin dates,decorations,squadrons and, if possible, pictures of them.
    here are the men :

    George Andrew Buchanan
    Erick Sidney Dicks-Sherwood
    William Ivan Hartley Maguire
    Perry Robert St.Quintin

    Thx a lot in advance,
    regards from Brasil

    Alexandre

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    I may have found another Rhodesian Air Corp Pilot. He trained under my grandfather at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, USA. I don't know much about the Rhodesian Air Corp. Here is what information I have found.

    Jackson, E.A. (Eric)
    142 Philipsburgh Ave.
    fairview, Dublin NE5
    Serial # 6469
    Died 2/27/1945

    I have a letter from him to my grandfather, sent Feb.28,1943. The letter was mostly about other men that he had trained with at Falcon Field and there current placements (at that time). The address above was on the envelope. I don't know if this means anything to you or if you can use it, but if you know anything on him or if anything here is wrong, please let me know. thank you, Paulla

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    Hello Alexandre,

    Maybe the maker(s) of this site:

    http://www.rhodesianforces.org/RhodesianAirForceHistory.htm

    can help you.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    In addition to Pilots, a number of S Rhodesian Air Force Officers were Commissioned into the Meteorological Branch of the RAFVR between May 1940 and May 42. Whether they were already qualified meteorologists, or Commissioned specifically for subsequent meteorological training, I do not know. The London Gazette records them as Relinquishing their Commissions and "Reverting to S Rhodesian Forces" between Jun - Sep 1945. You can have names and numbers if it would be of any help.
    HTH
    Peter Davies

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    I have looked up your men in 'A Pride of Eagles - A definative history of the Rhodesian Air Force' by Beryl Salt.
    This is what it has on your men.

    George Andrew Buchanan
    No mention

    Eric Sidney Dicks-Sherwood
    Claimed a probable E/A destroyed on 24.9.41 while flying a Spitfie with 266Sqn.
    He was still with 266 Sqn 0n 27.10.41, his rank was Sgt.
    80256 F/O ES Dicks-Sherwood Awarded DFC, 92 Sqn (LG4247 24.9.43)
    There is a citation in the book if you want a scan of it.
    Send me an E mail andy(at)127Squadron.co.uk.

    William Ivan Hartley Maguire
    80455 P/O WIH Maguire Awarded DFC& Bar 81 Sqn LG3384 27/7/43 & LG4814 2/11/43)
    Ended the war as a F/L with 154 Sqn.

    Perry Robert St.Quintin
    40946 F/L PR St.Quentin Mentioned in Dispaches.

    The Bios of George Buchanan, Eric Dicks-Sherwood & William Maguire are listed in 'Aces High'.
    There is a photo of Buchanan
    Regards
    Andy

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    Alexandre, Entries from the London Gazette for your men:
    Air Ministry,
    31st March, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Sgts.
    778164 Eric Sidney DICKS-SHERWOOD (80256). 25th Nov. 1941.

    Air Ministry, 4th December, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.), 1st Oct. 1942:
    E.S. DICKS-SHERWOOD (80256)

    Air Ministry, 24th September, 1943.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Flying Officer Eric Sidney DICKS-SHERWOOD (80256),
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 92 Squadron.
    This officer has participated in very many air operations. He is a skilful leader whose personal example and great keenness have been highly commendable. During a recent operation his aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to leave it by parachute. He was rescued, however, and soon rejoined his squadron. Since then, Flying Officer Dicks-Sherwood has destroyed 1 enemy aircraft, bringing his victories to at least 5. This officer has displayed outstanding devotion to duty.

    Air Ministry, 3rd December, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.):
    25th Nov. 1943.
    E. S. DICKS-SHERWOOD, D.F.C. (80256).

    Air Ministry, 5th March, 1946.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Commission relinquished.
    The undermtd. (on reversion to Southern Rhodesian Forces):
    Flt. Lts.:
    17th Sept. 1945.
    E. S. DICKS-SHERWOOD, D.F.C. (SR.80256).


    Air Ministry, 19th January, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    To be Plt. Offs on prob. (emergency):
    Flt. Sgts.
    778508 William Ivan Hartley MAGUIRE (80455). 25th Oct. 1942.

    Air Ministry, 9th July, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.):
    25th Apr. 1943.
    W. I. H. MAGUIRE (80455).

    Air Ministry, 27th July, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Pilot Officer William Ivan Hartley MAGUIRE (80455), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 81 Squadron.


    Air Ministry, 2nd November, 1943.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:
    Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Flight Lieutenant William Ivan Hartley MAGUIRE, D.F.C. (80455), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 154 Squadron.
    Flight Lieutenant Maguire is a relentless and skilful pilot. He has at all times displayed great keenness to engage the enemy. He has destroyed 12 enemy aircraft in combat.

    Air Ministry 16th February, 1945.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flg. Offs. to Flt. Lts. (war subs.)
    25th Jan. 1945.
    W. I. H. MAGUIRE, D.F.C. (80455).

    Air Ministry, 9th December, 1947.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE :
    (Emergency Commission Section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Commission relinquished.
    The undermentioned (on reversion to the Southern Rhodesian Forces).
    Flight Lieutenants (war subs.):
    1st Apr. 1946.
    W. I. H. MAGUIRE, D.F.C. (SR.80455).


    Air Ministry,
    26th July, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation, 9th July 1938:
    Perry Robert ST. QUINTIN.

    Air Ministry,
    9th June, 1939.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointment and graded as Pilot Officers on the dates stated:
    16th May 1939.
    Perry Robert ST. QUINTIN.

    Air Ministry,
    8th September, 1939.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Acting Pilot Officer on probation Perry Robert ST. QUINTIN (40946) is confirmed in his appointment and graded as Pilot Officer. 4th Apr. 1939. (Substituted for notification in Gazette of 9th June 1939.)

    Air Ministry,
    4th October, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:
    3rd Sept. 1940.
    Perry Robert St. QUINTIN (40946).

    Air Ministry,
    28th October, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.):
    3rd Sept. 1941.
    P. R. St. QUINTIN (40946).

    Air Ministry,
    11th June, 1942.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches by Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief :
    Flight Lieutenants.
    P. R. ST. QUINTIN (40946).

    Air Ministry, 13th June, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Transfer to reserve.
    The undermtd. (and called up for air force service).
    4th Apr. 1942.
    Flt. Lts.:
    P. R. ST. QUINTIN (40946).

    Air Ministry, 21st July, 1944.
    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flt. Lt. to Sqn. Ldr. (temp.):
    1st July 1944.
    P. R. ST. QUINTIN (40946).

    Air Ministry, 13th January 1948.
    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Commission relinquished.
    The undermentioned (on reversion to the Southern Rhodesian Forces):
    Flight Lieutenants (temp. Squadron Leaders):
    P. R. ST. QUINTIN (40946). 19th Mar. 1946.
    Regards, Terry

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    Thx a lot gentlemen,
    very apreciated.
    superb infos

    Any chance of some pictures of them ??


    Alexandre

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