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    Default Can Anyone Identify a RNAS Enlisted RAF Warrant Officer?

    Hello All,

    A colleague of mine is clearing out his late father’s bungalow (never a pleasant task!). He has found a small dictionary. On the fly-leaf of that dictionary is hand-written:-

    248377
    W/O King
    226 Sqn

    The colleague says he vaguely remembers somebody called ‘King’ from many years ago, but cannot remember where/when. He has asked me if I can help.
    One has to assume that 248377 and W/O King are connected! 248377 is in the Block 244711-254574 Transfers from the RNAS (Enlisted 1918) to the RAF. These all took place en bloc on 1 Apr 1918. So I can’t calculate anything from the Service Number – except that W/O King was probably born around 1900?

    Without a Forename(s), or Initial(s), the usual BMD sites are no use, and AIR 78 would – no doubt! – take forever?

    There are a number of 226 Sqn histories – but none that I can find with crew, or personnel, lists (and we have no indication that W/O King was ever aircrew!). Also, I cannot seem to find a 226 Sqn Association. Does anyone know if there is(was) one – and its contact details?

    As per usual, I would be most grateful for any steers anybody can give me.

    TIA

    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter,

    248377 W. E. King (initials only), enlisted 1.1.1918

    http://www.britishmedals.us/files/raf18k.html

    AIR 78 91-8 p.121/224

    Regards

    Mojmir

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    Mojmir, Hi,
    Brilliant!! We can now have a reasonable chance of chasing him down!
    Mni tks!
    Peter
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    From Find my Past


    https://search.findmypast.co.uk/resu...enumber=248377


    Walter Edward
    King
    Birth 1900

    Attestation year 1918
    248377
    Occupation Clerk

    Can buy his service record their from pay as you go

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    Peter,

    Born 15 Dec 1900 at Paddington, London
    Enlisted RNAS 29 Jan 18
    Discharged from RAF, 14 Dec 22 but on Reserve until 14 Dec 26
    Married Mabel Francis (surname illegible but perhaps Murray?) at Cambridge, 31 Dec 23 (earlier next of kin, father, was also of Cambridge address - 2 [Shelby?] Terrace)
    Was a Fitter MT then DP with RAF
    At some point was a Long Distance Express Coach Driver
    Enlisted in Reserve Class E, 1 Sep 38

    Errol

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    Many thanks to all who have responded - much appreciated! I shall collate all the info and present it my colleague. He's going to have to get our W/O's Service Record! Will report any developments.
    Tks again,
    Peter Davies
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