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    Default Another Request for AIR 78 Help Please

    Hello All,
    I am very grateful for all the AIR 78 help Iíve had, but I have two more very long-shots:-

    Pat Butler
    Roger Hackwell

    Both were MAOs at Chivenor on 517 Sqn around 1946. Iím not certain if the Forenames are complete (and ĎPatí is probably a diminutive from Patrick?). If there are lots of Ďem on AIR 78 then donít bother, but if there are only one or two of each then I would appreciate the details (I will be able, almost certainly, to isolate the correct body by the Service Number!).
    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Peter Davies
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    Peter

    Hackwell - Air 78/67 has one possible - 1640475 Roger Charles Couch Hackwell. Ancestry has a d.o.b. of August 8th 1923, and died October 7th 2007.

    Butler - Air 78/26 has about 20 Patrick Butlers with various middle names...I can list them if you want.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Simon/Peter,

    Should it be any help it is probably Patrick G Butler (from 517 ORB)

    Brian

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    Thanks for that Brian, that's very helpful.

    One possible - 1247421 Patrick Gordon Butler. I can see one possible match on Ancestry - d.o.b. February 5th 1905, died July 15th 1976.

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    Simon (Lyffe),
    Many thanks for that. If there ever was a list of MAOs in Met Office/Air Min it got destroyed. There weren't many of them - low hundreds? I've managed to reconstruct 82 of them so far from books, articles, photo captions, and - good folk like you!!!
    Rgds
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    Peter,

    The initial strength of the MAO Section was 10 officers and 50 NCOs (1943), this had increased to 28 and 137 respectively by May 1945 (page 49 of Rackliff and Kington's Even the birds were walking). 24 were lost on operations, including 6 who were lost between 8 May 1945 and 18 April 1947.

    Brian

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