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    Hi all,

    Trying to identify two RNZAF officers, I have very little information other than what is below. Unfortunately I am away from my books and files.

    Bill Tacon RNZAF PoW Beaufighter pilot and Pow?
    Jack Parker RNZAF Pilot SOE squadron ?

    Any help appreciated.

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    Steve,

    "Bill Tacon RNZAF" - http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Tacon.htm

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    Steve,

    From Colin Hanson's By Such Deeds – Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923 – 1999 :

    TACON, Wing Commander Ernest William, DSO, MVO, DFC*, AFC.
    NZ2505; Born Napier, 6 Dec 1917; RNZAF 15 Nov 1937 to 10 May 1939; RAF 11 May 1939 to 28 Feb 1946, 36196; On loan to RNZAF Dec 1942 to Jan 1944; RNZAF 1 Mar 1946 to 1 Jul 1947; PoW Sep 1944 to May 1945; Pilot.
    Later Air Cdre E W Tacon, CBE, DSO, LVO, DFC*, AFC*, RAF 1947 to 16 Feb 1976. Bar to AFC QB1954, CBE QB1959.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (31 May 1940): [233 Sqn RAF (Hudson)]
    also - Fg Off G Edwards, RAF.
    These officers as pilot and navigator alternately have displayed the utmost courage, determination and skill. On 9th April 1940, while reconnoitring, they engaged a Heinkel 115 for thirty minutes. When searching for the cruiser SCHARNHORST on 12th April 1940, they located and attacked, in the face of heavy fire, three flak ships and scored many hits. On 17th April, 1940, they spotted for a cruiser which was bombarding Stavanger and during this duty drove off a Junkers 88. Two days later they made a reconnaissance of Haugesund taking photographs from an altitude of only 50 feet and, after being hit by enemy fire, succeeded in returning to base on one engine. The following day they carried out a reconnaissance of Fredrikshaven in search of the ADMIRAL SCHEER and flew so low over the harbour that in the moonlight they were able to make sure that the ship was not there. They then inspected the coastline to the north but without result.
    Citation Air Force Cross (11 Jun 1942): [407 Sqn RCAF (Hudson)] This officer has personally trained 32 pilots of this squadron on Hudson aircraft, a task which was rendered more difficult by the fact that all these pilots are fresh from the School of G.R., and had not flown as pilots for periods extending from 4 to 8 months. Moreover some of them had flown for less than 100 hours solo on all types. In addition Flying Officer Tacon has converted on to Hudson aircraft 17 pilots of another squadron. During the period 16th July to 31st August, 1941, Flying Officer Tacon flew for 135 hours principally on instructional work in Hudson aircraft. He has also carried out lecture work and the operational efficiency of the squadron owes a great deal to his enthusiasm and energy.

    Citation Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross (19 Sep 1944): [236 Sqn RAF (Beaufighter)] In July, 1944, this officer took part in an attack on an enemy convoy during which 4 ships were set on fire. By his gallant and skilful leadership, Squadron Leader Tacon contributed in a large way to the success achieved. His resolute example in the face of heavy opposing fire proved greatly inspiring.
    Citation Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (12 Oct 1944): [236 Sqn RAF (Beaufighter)] On the 24th August, 1944, Wing Commander Tacon led a force of aircraft in an attack on the harbour of Le Verdon. A very heavy barrage of anti-aircraft fire from the enemy ships and ground defences was encountered and after the attack four of our aircraft were severely damaged. Wing Commander Tacon directed one aircraft to alight on the sea near a naval force in the vicinity and then proceeded to an advanced base in France where he supervised the landing of the remaining three aircraft. He displayed outstanding qualities of resourceful leadership and great devotion to duty. Two destroyers were set on fire and seriously damaged during this action.
    Member of the Royal Victorian Order (12 Jun 1947): For service as Captain of the King’s Flight.
    Shot down on 12 Sep 1944 with 236 Sqn during an anti-shipping strike at Den Helder, becoming a PoW. CO 1 Sqn RNZAF (Hudson) Mar-May 1943. CO 4 Sqn RNZAF (Hudson) May-Dec 1943. CO 236 Sqn RAF Aug-Sep 1944. CO 231 Sqn RAF (Liberator/Lancastrian) Oct 1945-Jan 1946. Flt Cdr of the King’s Flight 1946-1950.

    PARKER, Squadron Leader Jack Colin, DFC*.
    NZ405608 & 131722; Born Motueka, 8 Apr 1920; RNZAF 22 Dec 1940 to 30 Jan 1946, Res. to 22 Apr 1975; Pilot.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (8 Mar 1943): [104 Sqn RAF (Wellington)] This officer has taken part in many operational sorties. On all occasions he has pressed home his attack, often, owing to adverse weather, having to wait for long periods before releasing his bombs. He has always shown great courage and determination.
    Citation Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross (26 Oct 1945): [75(NZ)Sqn RAF (Lancaster)] This officer has completed two tours of operational duty. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has participated in many sorties in the European theatre of war, including some of the most strongly defended areas of Germany. In April, 1945, he was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Bremen. His aircraft was repeatedly hit by anti-aircraft fire and the flight engineer killed.[*] Undaunted, Squadron Leader Parker, displaying great courage and fine leadership, flew the aircraft safely back to base. At all times his cool determination in the face of the enemy and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.[*] On 22 Apr 1945. The Flight Engineer was Sgt R S Clark, RAFVR, the last member of 75(NZ)Sqn to lose his life while on air operations during the war.
    Also flew with 161(SD)Sqn RAF (Halifax). A brother, Fg Off Allan Parker, was killed in India on 20 Oct 1944 with 82 Sqn RAF (Mosquito), while another brother, Fg Off Len Parker, served with 487 Sqn RNZAF (Mosquito) in Europe. Died Napier, 25 Jan 2000.

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    Col, Errol,

    Thank you both for the first rate information.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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    Hi,

    I have a RAAF skipper on 218, F/Sgt R Norris, however he is recorded with three different service numbers 434221 / 434421/ 434121 none appear correct on checking the NAA site. Any suggestions / help very welcome.

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    Steve,

    Wrong surname!

    434126 Robert Ferguson Scott NORRIE RAAF

    http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.as...eranId=1058847

    No.218 Sqn - 17/02/1945 - 18/06/1945 (16 Ops).

    Col.
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    Col,

    Blimey, it got nothing right !! Thanks mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Col, Errol,

    Thank you both for the first rate information.

    Kind regards

    Steve

    Hi Steve Smith. I have just seen the below request and info which is all correct I am Jack Parkers Grandson, also a pilot!.Sadly Jack has passed away some time back, however should you need any more information I can put you in touch with my Mother Malene who has done a lot of research on Jack including time he spent in S.O.E.
    Would be happy and honored to put you in touch with her if you like
    kind regards

    Michael Orchiston

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    Hi,

    I have a RAAF pilot F/O W Wearne, Aus/428838 however I don't seem to be able to locate him on the NAA.

    Any help welcome on establishing the Id of this chap.

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    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    428838 or O23007 Walter Ernest Wearne

    https://www.legislation.gov.au/file/1945GN130
    http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.as...eranId=1081061

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