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    Hello,

    I've found a PoW questionnaire for Warrant Officer Victor JOHNSTON, 193627, Cross of Valor and bar, No. 303 Squadron. He was captured near Abbeville on 21st May 1944.

    Problem is that this name doesn't show up in Fighter Command Losses, neither in the Squadron O.R.B.

    I suspect this is the alias of F/Sgt W. KEMPKA, for whom I couldn't find a PoW questionnaire. I've seen the case for Free French pilots, when their questionnaire were filled with their war name, and not their true identity.

    Can someone confirm, or provide another idea ?

    TIA

    Joss

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    Joss

    A Google search of Johnston and 193627 brings up a mention of a Captain James David Johnston (193627), Royal Regiment of Artillery being awarded the M.C. in the London Gazette of April 19th 1945.

    Odd co-incidence with the surname and serial number?

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    793627 Wiktor KEMPKA was a Polish fighter pilot. He served on No.303 Sqn. He died on 9 April, 2006 (aged 91), in Stalybridge Cheshire Nursing Home. Kempka was involved in a mid-air collision between 16 PFTS Masters W8476 and W8443* on 4 June, 1942. He became PoW on 21 May, 1944, when No.303 Sqn Spitfire Vb BM565 FTR from Ramrod 905. His aircraft crashed near Villiers**. He had previously baled out of No.303 Sqn Spitfire IX BS180 on 23 September, 1943. He was rescued later on.

    * 783357 Sgt Waclaw KOCON PAF + 4/6/1942.

    ** See: FCL3/35.

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    Hello

    That's puzzling, hence my call here !

    I'm using to "noms de guerre" for airmen from occupied countries, as explained in my initial message, but what I don't understand is that the surname and service number of the suspected alias are real and matching !

    I've checked the WO344 series for KEMPKA's PoW questionnaire, to no avail, while there's one from BRZESKI under his name, so I doubt he would have filled in two. The Polish awards stated also point towards a Polish pilot, i.e. KEMPKA ?!

    Wiktor / Victor is also a good clue.

    Thanks for your input.

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 1st October 2018 at 16:22.

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