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    Flg Off Wakefield, H K possibly but he was fighter command thought multi engine ( Blenheim) pilot

    Herbert Kenneth WAKEFIELD (78267) DFC formally #755364


    Flying Officer: 24th Mar. 1941


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    22nd October, 1940

    http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Wakefield.htm


    Has anyone Men of the Battle of Britain: Supplementary Volume Wynn 2021 to see what his entry has ?
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    Flg Off, Watson G P I think almost certainly

    40964 Guy Parker Watson


    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=35118

    He was a F/O in the time frame of the ferry flight an ex CC

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    Paul/Robert,
    Your H D Unwin might just be Herbert Doughty Unwin b. Reg Q2 1905 Leeds 9b 531?
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    Peter


    Yes


    Name: Herbert Doughty Unwin
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35
    Nationality: English
    Birth Date: abt 1906
    Birth Place: Leeds, England
    Arrival Date: 20 Jan 1941
    Arrival Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Departure Contact: Wife Kathleen Unwin
    Spouse: Kathleen Unwin

    Paul

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    Sgt Beveridge, C B

    I think Sgt Charles Beveridge 522807

    http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...k40/p2385.html




    Charles Beveridge

    U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960 for Charles Beveridge

    Name: Charles Beveridge
    Gender: Male
    Record Type: Manifests
    Birth Place: London, Eng -- The Charles Beveridge above was born in 1915 in London St Pancas
    Arrival Date: 7 Mar 1941
    Port of Arrival: Seattle, Washington, USA

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    C C Symonds maybe who became P/O 27th Apr. 1943 from temp W/O so rank would be rightt

    1169565 Charles Charters SYMONDS (#146153).

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
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    I have been asked to Identify a few individuals involved with early B-17 Operations in the RAF

    1) USAAC Liaison Officer Capt then Major 'Mike' Walsh with 90 Sqn in 1941. He is Major "Walshe" in the 90 Sqn ORB

    He has also been quoted as "Major James "Mike" Walsh" in at least one published source

    It is actually

    Major Birrell “Mike” Walsh #018109 Born Dakota 7 June 1907. Died Feb 10, 1945

    http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/8875/

    2) I have been trying to identify a 90 Sqn pilot P/O J M Taylor in the Summer/Autumn 1941 who subsequently was posted to 220 Sqn Detachment in Egypt around Feb 1942 and was then made a F/O Acting

    I think this is highly likely to be

    James Morell TAYLOR 102971 ex 968177 Born Belfast 1921

    Note: He is listed incorrectly on some AFL as James Maxell Taylor

    He was P/O 27. 6.41 and F/O 27 June 1942 so the dates 'Match' - But would like confirmation if possible

    3) 90 Sqn Commander S/Ldr McLaren joined 90 Sqn from 13 OTU Bicester as a Flight Commander 23-5-1941

    Can anyone please confirm that he is actually

    Archibald Duncan. MCLAREN #41440, Died 1951 D.F.C. and MID

    He was awarded DFC June 6th 1941 as Acting Flight Lieutenant with 101 Sqn?

    He may have later commanded the 220 Squadron Detachment in Egypt. Can anyone help?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/11363.php

    Or suggest who S/Ldr McLaren is?

    4) Finally can anyone suggest full names/service numbers for the captains on the Fortress I delivery flights from Gander May to mid-June 1941?

    Note: I think these would ALL be highly experience Bomber/Coastal Pilots (note Ranks) - Even the P/O would be commissioned Sergeant Pilots with years of experience

    AN527 F/Lt Biddle NOT Eric Arthur BIDDLE #21190 --> See Later
    AN537 P/O Crook -> Possibly 44550 C. N. . PO 9. 8.40 -> 580015 Cyril Norman CROOK ( 44550).
    AN533 S/Ldr Winn Raymond Ivor Burgess WINN #29224
    AN522 F/Lt Ring -> 39031 Spencer Leonard RING, D.F.C. ( 39031). FL 3 9.40
    AN520 F/Lt Womersley -> 37439 WomersIey.A.L. FL 21. 5.40 ? Albert Leslie WOMERSLEY
    AN523 P/O Fitchen -> ? Probably 44866 Fitchew, E. E. PO 16. 10.40 -- 562095 Ernest Edwin FITCHEW ( 44866).
    AN535 F/Lt Barclay
    AN526 F/O James
    AN528 S/Ldr Foulsham -> 37347 FL 7.5.40 James FOULSHAM ( 37347).
    AN525 S/Ldr Thomas
    AN532 F/O Llewellyn
    AN518 F/O Uprichard -- 43125 Uprichard, W. J FO 1. 4.41 -> William Jervase UPRICHARD D.F.C.- > 563272 William Jervase UPRICHARD ( 43125
    - No. 51 Squadron. April 1941


    Many Thanks

    Paul
    As this has been bumped up, I have some background information on the command views of the B-17 ops in North Africa at the end of 1941.

    https://crusaderproject.wordpress.co...-north-africa/

    All the best

    Andreas

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Thanks for the research and feedback, everyone. Will review and see who of those proposed seems a good fit.

    Robert

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Andreas:

    I posted feedback on your blog but it has not yet appeared.

    Robert

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    Default Re: Early RAF B-17 Operations Questions and at least 1 anwer

    Hi Robert

    There is nothing in my moderation queue, so not sure what happened there.

    All the best

    Andreas

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