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    Looking for Information on PO Christopher Cotton Minchin RAFVR

    Lancaster ND562 12 Squadron. Lost over Germany 1944.

    He was my Godfather.Any information/links would be appreciated.

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    Hello Saliaway and welcome to the forum. I have moved your post to the General section where it will get more exposure and hopefully provide you with information.

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    Hello Sallaway.

    Have you seen this link? http://aircrewremembered.com/cook-alistair.html

    The Surrey Mirror newspaper of September 22nd 1944 reported the following:

    PILOT OFFICER MISSING
    It is learned with regret that Pilot Officer Christopher Cotton Minchin has been missing from air operations since March last. He is the youngest son of Capt. Humphrey Cotton Minchin and Mrs. Cotton Minchin, of Oak Cottage, Buckland, and late of Springfield House, Westcott, and great-grandson of the late Mr. F. H. Beaumont, of Buckland Court, and grandson of Mrs. claude Fuller. On leaving Eton he was trained for the stage, but joined the R.A.F. immediately war broke out. Much sympathy is felt for Capt. and Mrs. Minchin in their great anxiety.


    His father, Captain Humphrey Cotton Michin, was in the Cameronians and the R.F.C. in WW1. See also:

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ject/205223903

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    Saliaway (et al),
    He was born in Kohat, India, in 1920 (GRO Page 109 Line 77).
    He Enlisted (961462) at Cardington.
    He doesn’t come up in the LG because his only entry (Commissioning) has a ‘t’ in place of the last ‘i’ of the surname.
    Simon reports the Sunday Mirror as recording “He is the youngest son of Capt. Humphrey Cotton Minchin and Mrs. Cotton Minchin, of Oak Cottage, Buckland, and late of Springfield House, Westcott,”. This would seem to confirm the parents’ military background, and the Kohat birth. But CWGC records his NoK as ”Son of James Humphrey and Violet Ada Cotton Minchin, of Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.”. Might need some checking?
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    The family may just have been living in the US at the time, Peter.

    Both parents are buried in the UK:

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53312015

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...cotton_minchin

    Brother also lost: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Minchin-319

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    Peter, and Dave

    Newspaper reports from the 1950s have Humphrey Cotton-Minchin working as British Consul in Kansas for the Foreign Office, which may explain the anomaly. The Daily Mirror's John Walters on July 22nd 1952 reported the following:

    "I found Kansas City still on fire with indignation over the Foreign Office's dismissal of British Consul Cotton Minchin becasue he is not a career diplomat. Disgraceful and stupid are the only fitting words for the Foreign Office's action. Today I hear there is a movement in Kansas City to offer Minchin a local business post 'The British Government may not want this magnificent Britich patriot, but Kansas City does,' a leading citizen telephiones me."

    Immigration records show that Humphrey and Violet returned to the UK from New York in September 1952 aboard the Britannic, arriving in Liverpool. Can't see a record for their outward trip, though.

    The Andrews Newspaper Index cards on ancestry.co.uk have the following announcement, dated 17th February 1945:

    COTTON MINCHIN - Previously reported missing, now known to have been killed on operations, March, 1944, Pilot Officer Christopher Humphrey Cotton Minchin, aged 23, dearly loved younger son of Captain and Mrs. Cotton Minchin, Oak Cottage, Buckland, Surrey.

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    Hello Bruce. Many thanks for your help.

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    Peter and Dave. Many thanks. Some very helpful info.

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    Hi Simon. Many thanks for the links. I have some data on his parents and brother and sister.

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    Peter. Many thanks for all this.

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