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    Dear all,

    I am looking to identify the wanderings of the above named NCO during his time on 35 Sqn in 1942. I know he was the flight engineer on the crew of Sergeant Nicholas Joseph Matich RNZAF (later Flight Lieutenant DSO DFM), and that he joined the unit at some point in approx. July 1942. I know he flew a number of operational sorties on the squadron and that he subsequently joined 156 Sqn at Warboys on 12/6/43. I am presuming that he completed his tour on 35 and then moved on to pastures new, before going to 156, but without the ORB I can't tie this down. Can anyone assist please?

    Douglas Park had a most interesting RAF career, losing his leg in a pre-war motorcycle accident, but still managing to re-muster as aircrew. I have his citation for the DFM and the relevant LG career announcements. He retired as a Sqn Ldr in the Secretarial Branch in 1966. His medals were recently sold in the UK.

    Very many thanks in advance

    Jonny
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    Jonny

    If you contact me via my e-mail link on here, or via https://35squadron.wordpress.com/contact/, I will send you details of his service with No. 35 Squadron

    Regards

    Pete
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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Jonny,

    Douglas James Park
    b. 13/15 Oct 1917 (there are two different dates)
    1932 Enlisted Apr 1932(?) as Aircraft Apprentice (566793) aged 15(?)
    1939 Reg Royal Air Force Fitter Mechanic Corpl 566793 living-out in Doncaster (with widowed mother?).
    1945 a Douglas J Park marries a Rose M Deveau in Montreal.
    3 Aug 1955 a Douglas Park departs Liverpool for Montreal on the Saxonia. Occupation given as RCAF.
    d. Q4 1991 Leicester East 1191 6 1876.

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    Hello,

    Park at RAF Halton.

    566793.

    Entry Number: 29
    Highest & Lowest Numbers: 566707 - 566956
    Arrival Date: Jan - Jul 1934

    3-Year Apprenticeship.

    See:
    History of Royal Air Force Halton No.1 School of Technical Training
    Tunbridge,Paul
    London:Buckland Publications Ltd.,1995
    p.166

    Col.
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    Many thanks for taking the trouble to respond with information, gentlemen.

    Pete,

    I have sent you an email.

    All the best

    Jonny
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    Pete T. has very kindly been able to assist me in fleshing out Douglas Park's operational career on 35 Sqn in Mar - Jun 43 and again (somewhat bizarrely) in Nov 43. I also have the details of his time on 156 Sqn. At the point when CO 156 drafted Park's DFM rec on the 23rd of August 1943, Douglas had completed 40 ops, however, only 23 of these are listed in the 35 and 156 ORBs. I am therefore missing 17 sorties with another unit. I have a copy of the original DFM rec from AI2/8983 which lists his sorties by target and date, but not by unit. A lead contained within a letter that I have states that Douglas originally served as an air gunner before re-mustering as a FE and that he possibly served with 149 Sqn at Mildenhall.

    After all of that, would anyone be in a position to check the 149 ORB Jul 42 - Mar 43 please? I know its a bit of an ask, but living in Kenya at the moment means that I am going to struggle to get a death cert and service record from Blighty (which is the only other way that I can see to nail this).

    Very many thanks

    Jonny
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    Jonny

    I have just found some research that I previously completed on CA Hewlett (one of the other crew members) and that shows that he crewed up with Park on 102 Squadron.

    I know that Hewlett [Courtesy of Peter Taylor] completed the following operations with No 102 Squadron:

    01. 14/01/1943 Lorient W7922
    02. 21/01/1943 Gardening W7936
    03. 23/01/1943 Lorient W7936
    04. 27/01/1943 Dusseldorf HR667
    05. 02/02/1943 Cologne HR667
    06. 04/02/1943 Turin HR667 (Aborted)
    07. 25/02/1943 Nuremburg HR667
    08. 26/02/1943 Cologne HR667
    09. 28/02/1943 St Nazaire HR667
    10. 05/03/1943 Essen HR667
    11. 08/03/1943 Nuremburg JB779
    12. 09/03/1943 Munich JB779
    13. 11/03/1843 Stuttgart HR667

    I don’t know whether Park completed all of these, but that should provide another avenue for you to pursue.

    Regards

    Pete (info. also sent by e-mail)
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    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hello,

    ESSEN - 5 March 1943

    No.102 (Ceylon) Sqn - Halifaxes - 12 detailed 12 attacked.

    Halifax HR667

    Sgt N J Matiche*
    P/O C A Hewlett
    Sgt F R Dolling
    F/S A T Tuck
    Sgt A V Forsythe
    Sgt D J Park
    Sgt R W Tully

    See:
    The Great Raids Voume Two Essen 5 March 1943 Battle of the Ruhr.
    Searby,J A/C DSO, DFC RAF (Rtd.)
    Chippenham:The Nutshell Press,1987 (2nd ed.)
    p.83

    * Actually, NZ414658 Sgt Nicholas Joseph MATICH RNZAF (later DSO, DFM) With the following proviso: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...2-Squadron-ORB

    Col.
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    Thanks for responding once again chaps. Any info received is much appreciated.

    Kind rgds

    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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