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    https://www.google.co.uk/books/editi...zgEACAAJ?hl=en

    That would be an interesting read..

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

    Thanks, Paul.

    Am still trying to contact his family. In the meantime I see the Vaughn Memorial Library at Acadia University has a copy of his memoirs so will try them.

    Robert
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    Was able to source Price’s service record cards from DHH. The promotion date to Pilot Officer matches that found by Mojmir in the Canada Gazette - post #89 in this thread - so am confident the name/service number combination is correct and that Sgt Neil Gladstone PRICE, RCAF (R65236) was navigator for the delivery of Fortress I AN528.

    Thanks again for all who contributed.

    Robert

    Should add that the service record cards were redacted, presumably to obscure the service number and other personal details, as is the policy for the assignment cards from the same source.
    Last edited by robstitt; 6th January 2022 at 21:32. Reason: Redacted cards

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    Now have the assignment card for ‘McBride’ who turns out to be navigator Sgt Thomas Glover McBride, RCAF

    I see a Warrant Officer Thomas McBRIDE (R/58174) in the database but not sure if this is him without the middle name, although I note his father’s middle name was Glover.

    Any help appreciated.

    Robert

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

    Robert,

    Despite the lack of a middle name, the Vancouver Sun of 26 September 1942, with photo, says:

    He enlisted in the RCAF in June of 1940 and received his Observer badge at Mossbank in December of the same year.
    On graduation he was attached to the ferry command and served with that unit until going overseas in the latter part of 1941.
    His mother, Helen Harries, passed in Burnaby on 26 August 1979. Obituary names two sons, William and John, and one sister, Cissie (in Scotland)

    None of the newspaper articles and casualty lists, nor his ancestry service file have him with any middle name.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks, Dave. Other documents uncovered since my post agree so odd that the assignment card includes what appears to be a family name, Glover. Have requested his cards unredacted since he died more than 20 years ago in case they reveal anything.

    Robert

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    Not much to add from the the unredacted card, Dave, made available by DHH after forwarding a link to his CWGC page and a couple of his RCAF records available online.

    Just his Vancouver address and DOB plus his mother as NOK living at the same address. Her name is given as Mrs. J. O. Harries - she was actually Helen Walker Harries - while his initials are given twice as F. G., corrected by hand in one instance to T. G., although the G for Glover is redundant as he was simply Thomas McBride. Ah the pitfalls of research, even from primary documents!

    Robert
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    Hi Robert,

    Just to further complicate the matter. One of the newspaper articles IDs your man as Thomas McBride Harries.

    J.O Harries was John Owen Harries, d. Burnaby 18 January 1971. Helen's maiden name is shown as Fairholm on his death registration.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    Seems the whole family was into transposing names and initials. Anyways, the objective of confirming Sgt Thomas McBride as navigator on Fortress I AN536 has been achieved. Appreciate your contributions.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 28th January 2022 at 19:54. Reason: Edit

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

    I’ve updated post #85 to reflect recent progress made in fully identifying the 96 Allied airmen who participated in the ferrying of the 20 B-17C/Fortress Is to the UK.

    Thanks again to all who have contributed.

    Robert

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