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    Default No. 35 Squadron Crews

    Does anyone have any information about where the following pilots were serving before being posted to No. 35 Squadron in November 1940 and who was flying with them at the time (as the ORB shows that their crews were also posted in at the same time)

    - PA Gilchrist (51 Squadron)
    - TPA Bradley
    - MTG Henry (10 Squadron)
    - RV Warren (possibly 10 and/or 78)

    Regards

    Pete
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    Hi Peter

    Officers or NCOs?

    Malcolm

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    They were all officers (S/L, F/L, F/O, F/O respectively), all with DFCs at the time of arrival on No 35 Squadron.

    I am trying to find crews by using the online view on TNA site, but it is a long, slow process (as I have more 1940 pilots that I am trying to find the crews for)

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    Main areas of research:

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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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    Hi Pete


    - PA Gilchrist - 51 Squadron from 15 Mar 1937
    - TPA Bradley - No 166 Sqn from 4 Sep 1937
    - MTG Henry - 10 Squadron from 19 Feb 1938
    - RV Warren - 10 Sqn from 29 Oct 1938

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm

    Are you able to track down RWP Collings, who assumed command of the squadron at the same time?

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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    Thanks Dave

    That suggests that he was already at Boscombe Down when the squadron arrived there, possibly flying the Halifax prototype .... a bit more digging around required on this one I think

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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    Pete,

    Re: F/O T.P.A. Bradley DFC, he was captain of a No.7 Squadron Stirling I (N3640) on 29 September 1940, which was on a fuel consumption test when hit by AA fire over the Isle of Man. The Stirling came down at Holder Bridge near Barbon, 3 miles North of Kirkby Lonsdale. All the crew were injured, but survived (BCL1[2nd.ed.]/213). So probably his last posting prior to turning up at No.35 Sqn.

    PS. I notice there is a P/O J. W. Murray included in the crew of Stirling N3640, presumably, 84977 James Whiteford MURRAY (later DFM [51 Sqn], DFC [35 Sqn] & Bar [21 Sqn].

    Col.
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    Col

    Thanks for the information.

    No. 35 Squadron's ORB shows that JW Murray arrived from No.7 Squadron on 6th January 1941 and that he was posted out to 22 OTU on 28th July 1941, having completed 5 ops with the squadron.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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