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    Default W/O later P/O H Kirkland - WOp/AG (active 1944/45)

    I am hoping one of the squadron specialists here may recognize the name of a Bomber Command WOp/Air Gunner, Warrant Officer (751262) Harold KIRKLAND - later commissioned as Pilot Officer (189487) in Dec 1944 and then promoted Flying Officer in 1945. My particular interest is in discovering which squadron(s) he operated with. I have excluded 550 and 630 Squadrons. He is understood to have been a Derby man, born 1914, worked for the MOD post-war and died in Derby 1996. Any help greatly appreciated.
    thanks Pete

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    Hello,

    14-1-1942
    No.7 Sqn
    Stirling I N3672:MG-U
    Training

    Landed 1230 at Oakington and while trying to avoid a collision with a tractor , the undercarriage collapsed. Lt Denny RA was one of a number of army officers seconded to the RAF for flying duties as as air gunners.

    Sgt W J Runciman RNZAF
    F/O C W Gwilliam
    Sgt R W Pratt
    Sgt E W Weston
    Sgt H Kirkland
    Lt H N Denny RA
    Sgt F W Bryant

    See: BCL3/18

    Tom Docherty in his History of No.7 Squadron, No.7 Bomber Squadron RAF in World War II (pp.37-8 - photo captions) identifies a Sgt H Kirkland as one Sgt Harry Kirkland - same airman? Need the ORB!

    Col.
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    Very many thanks Col
    I think its very possibly him as he was a pre-war RAFVR member so could easily have been on ops by Jan 1942.

    Does anybody have the 7 Squadron ORB please ? If the Monthly appendix has his service number I'll order a run of months and track his ops.

    thanks again

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