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    Default 9 Squadron James John TAAFFE

    I am conducting research into the men on the two King’s School Worcester war memorials The intention is to produce a commemorative book. I am looking to find details of how men were killed and if possible obtain a photograph of the individual. Could anyone help with the following casualty? I believe he was returning from a raid and was in collision with another aircraft. Can anyone give me details of aircraft, name of base, object of raid and any other relevant details? Thank you


    TAAFFE, James John Sergeant (Pilot) 1216892 9 Sqdn. RAFVR buried GREAT MALVERN CEMETERY died 08/11/1942

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    Mark

    He was lost in Lancaster I R5916 which collided with Lancaster W4265. See:

    http://aircrewremembered.com/mackenz...alexander.html

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    Simon

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    You came up trumps again! Thank you Simon. I think I have all my RAF men now.

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    Mark Hi,
    Malcolm's RAFWEB has the RAF info you need.
    James John Taaffe (a good old Anglo-Irish name, well known in horse racing circles!!) birth was Reg Upton v6c p264 (MMS Tipping) in Q1 1922.
    He would have been 18 in Q1 1940.
    He Enlisted (1216892) in the Block 1150001-1250000 (Issued 1 Apr 40 - 31 Mar 41), in the RAFVR at RAF Cardington. My highly experimental program indicates he may have Enlisted between 18th birthday and around 30 Nov 1940 - his Service Record (which you should obtain if you want accurate details) will be of value.
    His father, Frank A Taaffe Married Ada B Tipping in Q1 1919 (Reg Upton 6c 229). It is possible he may have been an only child?
    Best I can do! Let us know what you un-earth!
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    Just looked at Simon's post.
    2 x Pilot? Was Taaffe a Pilot doing a "makee learnee" trip before taking his own crew on Ops?
    Where is the Flt Eng?
    Don't compute!
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    I wonder if his father, Frank, was any relation (brother/cousin) to my Taaffe on 41 Sqn?

    Name TAAFFE, Rudolph Trevor ‘Taffy’
    Number 17211
    Rank Flight Lieutenant
    Born Ardee, Eire, 21 June 1901
    Arrived 7 July 1931
    Departed 25 February 1934
    Decorations OBE (1940), MiD (1944)
    Notes Commissioned May 1923; permanent commission, Jun 1928; retired as Gp Capt, Sep 1951

    See: http://brew.clients.ch/pilotst23-39.htm#TAAFFE

    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Hi Peter

    Missed your reply but have picked it up now. Thank you for the background information wqhich I shall be using.

    Regards

    Mark

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    Hi Mark

    All of 9 Sqn's ORB's (Operations Record Books) are available online in the 'Research' section of the 9 Sqn Association website ( 9sqn.co.uk ) so you should able to find him there on his final op and his previous ones.

    Ian



    Edit: It is listed there. Two a/c collided on return from an op to Genoa and crashed on the southern boundary of the airfield. See a/c and crew entry for that night, and the summary comments for the month, a few pages earlier.
    Last edited by ianh; 9th February 2018 at 22:20.

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