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    Hi,

    Hoping someone can help.

    Thanks to the splendid work of Mojmir I am in the process of putting christian names to the crews who joined No.218 Squadron in 1941. This task is made all the more difficult by the fact only 4 of the 12 months record postings, and of those four months, 30% plus have either wrong service numbers, initials, spellings or all three. However, one posting is slightly odd. The ORB records the arrival of P/O J.M Taylor J/3501 RCAF on May 25th 1941 via No.20 OTU. However, this airman was shot down and made PoW on September 5th 1940 with No.51 squadron.

    Could have he been repatriated ? or is it a sheer fluke, initials, s/n etc?

    Any ideas ?

    Steve
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    Steve,

    J3501 P/O John McGuire Taylor (next of kin mother Mrs JM Taylor, Northfield, Birmingham, England) appears as a POW on RCAF Casualty List 199, dated February 1942.

    An article in the Windsor Star from 15 May 1942 states he enlisted in Windsor in June 1940 and is a POW in Italy.

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    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    Thank you.

    Why would he be a PoW in italy when he dtched in the North Sea. Also, how strange his full details appear in the 218 Squadron ORB in May 1941.

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    Steve
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    Hello Steve

    You can cut this story down to his own Log Book. This is the facts. Yes, he was with 218 Sqn.

    https://www.canadianletters.ca/content/document-61959

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    Finn Buch

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