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    I'm trying to find out what happened to Sqd Leader (later Gp Capt) Francis L White who served with 74 Squadron and was famously rescued by James Leathart, Al Deere and John Allen from Calais Marck aerodrome in France in May 1940. I think he was a Group Captain at RAF Linton on Ouse in 1948 but can't fill in the gaps between 1940 and 1948 nor indeed thereafter. Any help would be appreciated!

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    Here are some LG entries re your man:
    Air Ministry,
    11th March, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The undermentioned promotions are made with effect from 1st March 1941:
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Squadron Leaders to be Wing Commanders (temporary).
    Francis Lawrence WHITE (05192).

    Air Ministry,
    11th June, 1942.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches by Air Officers Commanding-in-chief :
    Wing Commanders.
    F. L. WHITE (05192).

    Air Ministry, 22nd July, 1947
    ROYAL AIR FORCE
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH
    Promotion (substantive}
    The undermentioned promotions in substantive ranks are made
    Wing Commander to Group Captain
    1st July 1947
    F L WHITE (05192)

    Air Ministry, 3rd October, 1952.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Retirement.
    Group Captains:
    9th Sept. 1952.
    F. L. WHITE.
    Regards, Terry

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    Gerry,

    From the RAF Retired List for 1975:

    WHITE, F. L. Born 18/2/05. Commd 29/5/31. Gp Capt 1/7/47. REtd GD 9/9/52.

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Many thanks. I was scouring varying sources without success.

    Wee Gerry

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    Terry,

    A potted history -excllent and many thanks!

    Wee Gerry

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    The then Sergt. Francis Lawrence White #362730 baled out of a Gamecock of 23 Sqn over Wallington on 7 Nov 1929. He was involved in a collision with F/O Reginald Stradling Collins of the same Sqn. Both pilots baled out. The aeroplanes involved were J7903 and J8409. Flying Officer Collins came down a piece of waste ground adjoining the main road, near Croydon Aerodrome, the better part of a mile from where his machine crashed. Sergt. White was blown in the opposite direction and landed in Bandon Hill Cemetery.

    F/O Reginald Stradling Collins was killed when with Lieut.-Commander Hugh Ditton he was involved in another collison tow two aircraft belonging to H.M. aircraft carrier Courageous off Malta on 25 Feb 1932

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