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    Hello all, My father in laws dad served as ground crew on Beaufighters on 177 in Burma but we don't have much info about him as he wasn't willing to talk about his experiences while he was alive. Very common for Burma vets I believe.
    I'd be grateful for ANY info on 177 and especially the erks.
    His name was Albert Cooper but that's about all I know!
    Any info gratefully received.
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    Hello,

    Firstly, is Albert Cooper his full name? Could it be Albert J. Cooper, or even L. A. H. Cooper? Rank/time frame would also be of assistance.

    Let me know, and I will see if I can help.

    You can get the general feel of what 177 Squadron was up to 1943-45, here:

    http://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol4/iss2/2

    Col.
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    Great link, Col.

    At the very end is mention of Sutherland Brown's book, "Silently Into the Midst of Things", which is available at various places, such as:

    https://www.amazon.ca/Silently-Midst...7810098&sr=8-2

    https://www.amazon.com/Silently-Mids...ct_top?ie=UTF8

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silently-in...therland+brown

    https://www.bookfinder.com/search/?a...2520narratives

    The last one seems to be the best of several listings in bookfinder.com. If you search on bookfinder.com, just enter the book title, not the author, because his dual last name creates search problems.

    I don't know if the book and the downloaded Canadian Military History piece are much different. Probably the book has more detail.

    Cheers,

    Matt

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    Hello Matt,

    I have Sutherland Brown's book, I was waiting (patiently) for a response from our friend in Canada. I have some information for him from the book. If he does not reply shortly, I will leave it to others to provide the information.

    Col.

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    Hi, Col,

    I have the book, too, but I was too preoccupied to walk into the other room, extract the book from a shelf, and then compare it with the journal article. I assume that the book has more details than the article...because it's a whole book, not just an article.

    Droptank, it will probably be worth your while to grab a copy of the book, or to request a copy to read through your inter-library loan system in Canada.

    Cheers,

    Matt

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    It has been nearly 10 days since Droptank posted his or her plea for info. Perhaps Droptank has computer woes or another legitimate reason for silence.

    Droptank, you now know of a book offering additional detail about 177 Squadron in the Far East. Good luck.

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