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    Default Wing Commander Philip Robert Beare DFC DSO & Bar service history request

    Hi all

    I understand W/C Beare (37494) was of 70 Squadron (N. Africa/Italy) as at May 1943 according to the London Gazette. During 1944 I believe he was made Group Captain.

    Can anyone shed light on whether he left 70 Squadron for the UK between this time and 1944 and what his role was?

    Thanks in advance.


    Nick
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    Nick,

    I can't help with that enquiry, but can tell you (if it is of interest) that in 1941 he was a flight commander with 104 Squadron, became CO in September, and took the squadron out to Malta and on to Egypt. He went to a 'staff job' in May 1942.

    David

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    Hello,

    Doug Hearns, in his 'Companions of the Distinguished Service Order 1920-2006 - Air Awards', mentions the following:

    CO No.104 Sqn. 1941-1942
    CO No.70 Sqn. 1942-1943
    OC No.205 Group 1943-1944

    See:
    Companions of the Distinguished Service Order 1920-2006 - Air Awards.
    Hearns, Doug V. P.
    Uckfield:Naval & Military Press,2011.
    p.35.

    Needs verification.

    Col.

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    Thanks for the replies David, Col

    Certainly, I cannot see he was not OC 205 Group at any stage from my research, so that appears a red herring.

    My question stems from an account that has him as a '.....Group Captain Beare and he wore the decorations of the DSO and Bar, plus DFC.....' and was visiting 205 Group in Italy, from the UK in September 1944.

    Although I cannot be sure the man I have referenced in the thread title and this chap are one and the the same, it seems a likely match and as he was 'visiting from the UK', suggested to me he may have had a Staff job back in England.

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