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    Default Flt Sgt H.L. Theobald 81 and 253 Squadrons

    H.L. Theobald 81 and 253 Squadrons

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    Hi guys

    I'm endeavouring to fully identify Flt Sgt H.L. Theobald, who served with 81 Squadron in 1943 and 253 Squadron in 1944.

    Service No. unknown.

    Believed to have evaded capture in Yugoslavia with the aid of partisans (May to December 1944)

    Worthy of Mention in Despatches at least?

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Brian

    Obviously not a 100% certainty, but a possible match - Air 78/156 has only one H. L. Theobald - 901008 Harold Leslie Theobald.

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    Simon

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    ...or 1499762 Harry Lewis THEOBALD

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    Harold Leslie Theobald
    Probably
    b. 19 Jun 1921 Reg Bethnal Green 1c 166 MMS Dewberry
    d. Q3 1988 Reg Southend 988 9 2569
    HTH
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    Thanks guys,
    I'd found those two possibilities, but are the Service Nos correct?
    Both seem dubious.

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    Brian

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    Brian,
    Harold Leslie Theobald 901008 Enlisted RAFVR at Uxbridge (b. Bethnal Green) probably in the first week of Sep 39.
    Harry Lewis Theobald 1499762 Enlisted RAFVR at Padgate (b. Reg Calne?) probably mid-Jun 41.
    Both dates/numbers look OK to me. Both aged around 18-20 - finishing Highers, College, City & Guilds, etc, but not Uni.
    HTH
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    Thanks Peter

    Cheers
    Brian

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    I WONDER WHICH THEOBALD WAS THE 81/253 SQUADRON PILOT?
    Apparently he evaded capture in Yugoslavia for some 200 days (helped by partisans) in 1944, but relevant records have evaded me!

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    I WONDER WHICH THEOBALD WAS THE 81/253 SQUADRON PILOT?
    Apparently he evaded capture in Yugoslavia for some 200 days (helped by partisans) in 1944, but relevant records have evaded me!

    Cheers
    Brian
    Brian,

    do you have more info on Theobald's evasion?

    I have found Escape statements from US airmen who were with him.

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    Hi vathra22

    Sorry, no further information to date.

    I would be interested to learn what you've found. You have my e-mail address.

    Cheers
    Brian

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