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    Hello,

    According to Swedish sources, the Swede Gustaf Lönnberg served in 111 Squadron in 1941 (he went to 24 MU on 4 December 1941).

    Is there anyone with access to 111 Squadron ORB for this period that can help me verify this?

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    Hi Hakan, I have checks Aug - Dec 1941 but ho sign of Lonnberg in 111 Sq ORB.

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    Hello Pavel!

    Thanks for the help! Much appreciated!

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    Hakan/Pavel,
    See the LG Publication Date 5 April 1946 Supplement 37526, Page 1793
    MBE Flight 'Lieutenant Gustaf Herman LONNBERG(104393), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No.15, O.T.U.
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    Hello Peter,

    Lönnberg received the MBE for escaping from a PoW-camp in Italy but he is reputed to have flown a lot with the RAF (at least according to his own account and last log-book) but the only thing I have found is the flight from Gibraltar on 30 May 1942 (with 1 OADU) on which they made a forced landing on Sicily to become PoWs.
    He's quite a mystery!

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    Hi Hakan,

    it looks strange but not impossible.
    I have met already several false accounts, even "improved" Log Books.
    Do you have any other periods+units he stated he flew with?

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    Hello Pavel,

    He was a quite experienced pilot when he arrived in the UK and was part of the first group of civilian pilots called into service in the Swedish Air Force at the start of WWII

    He doesn't seems to have made much operational flying but what I have is:
    19410823 RAFVR
    111 Squadron
    24 MTU (Ternhill) 19411204-19420420
    15 OTU 194205
    1 OADU 194205

    In May 1945 he had 4278 hour in his logbook (1320 of these from Sweden).

    When he returned to Sweden he was court-martialed for being AWOL from the Swedish Air Force since he was only allowed to stay in the UK for a short period (which definitely didn't included time in a PoW-camp). During the trail in 1946-47, the British embassy helped him which was very embarrassing for the Swedish Air Force, much to the gloating of the Swedish press.

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