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    The above ex Army/RFC/RAF Officer has been in the local news recently (He lived in Comrie,Perthshire)
    He was awarded the VC in 1917 whilst serving in Palestine/Egypt as a 2nd Lt with the Royal Scots Fusiliers.(I have also seen him described as a Colour Sgt at the time of the relevant action but he may have been commissioned before the VC award was finalised).
    It appears that he transferred to the RFC/RAF later in the war and I have seen him described as being a pilot (not confirmed by me yet)

    He rejoined the RAF in 1939/40 and became RAFP/Provo Officer,definitely Flight Lt but I have seen him mentioned as a Wing Commander later in the war.

    Does anybody have any details of his RAF career(s) ?
    I have not found any gazette entries for his RAF service in spite of using my normal search terms.
    He is mentioned in the book VC's of the first world war -the sideshows but the relevant pages are not included in the online pages available on google.
    We are trying to avoid buying another book as we already have hundreds of books and only have a wee hoose.

    thanks and rgds baz

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    By using a slightly different search term.

    Looks like my man is

    J M Craig VC (88081) - I would be very grateful if anybody had any details of this officers RFC/RAF service 1917-19.

    Looking at his gazette entry he was indeed a Provo officer during WW2 with at least the rank of Sqn Ldr.

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    Many thanks Terry.
    Just a quick question - does the (A) confirm he was a pilot ?

    rgds baz

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    Baz, Yes, A was airplanes. Sometimes people have A & S after their names indicating Air and Sea planes. Regards, Terry

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    Many thanks again Terry - still learning something new every day at 64 :)

    thanks and rgds baz

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    J M Craig was trained at 19 Training Depot Station, El Rimal circa Sept 1918, then moving to 5 Fighting School at Heliopolis.

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    You could buy his service file on the UK NA website.
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8250109
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    You could buy his service file on the UK NA website.
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8250109
    Thanks Dennis -I could, but if it is a copy of handwritten pages from WW1 - I would still be on here asking if anybody could decipher it :)

    rgds baz

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian94avenge View Post
    J M Craig was trained at 19 Training Depot Station, El Rimal circa Sept 1918, then moving to 5 Fighting School at Heliopolis.
    Many thanks Ian - could I ask where that info came from/source ?

    rgds baz

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