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    Default Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    Charles Simmons is trying to trace his dad's wartime history. We know he went to RAF Helensburgh in 1940 as a lac and by the end of war was a squadron leader. He retired from the RAF in 1954. Any info much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    Hello,

    That was his NCO number.

    120197 was his commissioned number. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5575/page/2297

    London Gazette also shows middle name as "William" not "Williams"

    Dave

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    Dave thank you. Williams is a typo, London Gazette listing worth knowing. I will pass it on.

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    From the London Gazette:
    Commissioned from the rank of corporal in the Technical Branch with effect from 22 April 1942 and seniority from 17 March 1942
    Air Ministry, 22nd March, 1946
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    TECHNICAL BRANCH
    Flg. Offs. granted the rank of Flt. Lt. (warsubs.): —
    D. W. SIMMONS (120197). 22nd Feb. 1946

    Air Ministry, 10th August, 1954.
    EMERGENCY LIST.
    The undermentioned relinquish their commissions under the provisions of the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserves Act, 1954, and have been granted permission to retain rank, with effect from 10th Feb, 1954:-
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    Flight Lieutenants, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader:-
    D. W. Simmons (120197)
    That entry would suggest the Dennis held the acting rank of squadron leader, such acting promotions weren't gazetted.
    I think that the entry for 1954 was a cleaning up of the Emergency List and Dennis may have left the Air Force quite some time before.
    Regards, Terry

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    I appreciate it is not possible at present, Robin, but have you suggested he obtains his father's service record when normal service is resumed? That would tell Charles far more than any snippets which might become available here, especially as there is no mention to him being aircrew.

    Brian

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    thank you for the feedback. I think Charles may later follow official records. Your help has established his service number and added information he did not have. I regularly write gratis tributes to those who served at RAF Helensburgh for newspapers and Heritage Helensburgh Trust. Your feedback, with what I know already is a basis for such an article. p.s. There is now a memorial to RAF Helensburgh on the Gareloch

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 18th April 2020 at 10:06.

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    thanks again Col

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    Col, Thanks for the extras. Regards, Terry

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    Default Re: Help me trace Sqd Ldr Dennis Williams Simmons (330295) for his son.

    all info received sent to son, who now knows much more about his dad's war

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