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    Hello

    I'm looking for détails about Squadron Leader Robert WOOD, service number 40587. He was killed in action on 9th August 1944 and is buried in Nesle-L'Hôpital cemetery in the Seine-Maritime département in France. I have the détails from CWGC and O.R.B.

    He and his crew had been posted in to No. 180 Squadron on 26th June 1944, from No. 2 Group Support Unit, to replace the previous 'A' flight commander, S/L P.R.A. FORD, who had been posted missing in action on 20th June 1944.

    I've tried many times, always unsuccessfully, to find more détails about his earlier career. Has any forumite come across his name during his own research ?

    I've seen the thread on WW2 talk forum http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads...rt-wood.42655/
    but I've no way to contact Peter Harden.

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Hi Joss,

    I assume you have everything from the Gazette, but for completeness' sake I thought I would see what I could find and repeat it here in case it is useful in the future:

    Air Ministry,
    8th March, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from 19th Feb 1938:
    Robert WOOD

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4490/page/1511
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4490/page/1512



    The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and graded as Pilot Officers.
    29th Nov 1938:
    Robert WOOD

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4577/page/7694



    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:—
    29th May 1940.
    Robert WOOD (40587).

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4898/page/4362



    The undermentioned Flying Officers are promoted to the war substantive rank of Flight Lieutenant
    29th May 1941.
    Robert WOOD (40587)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5235/page/4442



    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

    Flt. Lts. to be Sqn. Ldrs. (tempy.):
    1st July 1943.
    R. WOOD (40587).

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/3206



    So, a pre-war Short Service commission into the RAF(GD). I'm not sure if there's any significance to his last promotion being in the RAFO(GD)? Perhaps wiser heads can explain.

    He was baptised in Rochester Kent, on 28 Dec 1917. His father, Reginald, was a Captain 'H.M. Forces', so presumably in the Army.

    https://www.freereg.org.uk/search_re...24c6&ucf=false

    I'll see if I can dig up anything else later.

    ETA:

    Robert Wood’s parents are listed by the CWGC as Reginald Cecil and Dorothy Julia Wood.

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...gid=null&pid=1

    There is an entry in the Gazette for Reginald Cecil Wood’s appointment as a Captain in the Inverness-shire Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery, a Territorial unit, w.e.f. 16 Nov 1914

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/9672

    And another confirming his temporary rank in the Royal Field Artillery, still in the Territorials, w.e.f. 01 Jun 1916

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/9123

    His service record appears to be available at TNA

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ails/r/C746535

    There are marriage entries in the September quarter of 1913 for Dorothy J Hammond marrying surname Wood in the Hoo district (i.e. Rochester again) and for Reginald C Wood marrying surname Hammond.

    https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/infor...bmd_1537384567
    https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/infor...bmd_1537384567

    There is the birth of a Robert Wood, MMS Hammond, registered in Marylebone in the December quarter of 1917, which is a possibility but would have to be confirmed by seeing the actual entry

    https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/infor...bmd_1537384567

    I hope some of this may be useful to you.
    Last edited by RecklessRat; 25th October 2018 at 18:15. Reason: More information, post-prandial break

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    Hello Reckless Rat,

    Thanks for you input. I was lacking the LG entry for his commission, and I hadn't researched his father, so these détails help. I'll try again to find him in Flight archive. Pre-war, training units and postings were mentioned, but I didn't find him, even by trying other names in the same batch.

    Joss

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