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    Many years ago, whilst researching meteorologist Cpl Norman John Clifford (753581) who was amongst the many fatalities when the SS Lancastria was sunk on 17 June 1940, I compiled a list of other meteorologists who survived the sinking from AIR 35/190. There were 11 in total, but returning to my project recently it seems I might have misread the service numbers of two of them, 753595 LAC Gosling and 753686 LAC Rathbone.

    Checking753595 in the LG I find it listed against a Sgt Charles Reuben Groombridge who was awarded the BEM in the New Year's Honours List of 1 January 1945.
    Similarly 753686 gives me a Eric Hugh Potter who was commissioned as a P/O in the Administration and Special Duties Branch in 1943.

    I know that the documents in AIR 35/190 were compiled under tremendous pressure and at a time of considerable confusion so it is possible a typo or two found its way into the mix - equally I could be a fault.

    I would appreciate help in sorting this out.

    Brian

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    Brian

    You have indeed a couple of typos:

    Air 78/63 has John Neville GOSLING, 753593.

    Air 78/131 has A.G. Rathbone, 753685.

    regards

    Simon

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    Thank you Simon, I knew someone could help me out.

    Brian

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    No problem.

    Just glad they weren't L.A.C. Smith and L.A.C. Jones...

    Regards

    Simon

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    Now, since you mention it ………… .

    Brian

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