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    Hello All,
    During recent investigations into Bignal/Bignell (etc) I was trawling through the LG. I noticed that a Fg Off V Wendel (67229) had been “Removed from the Service”. I know what this means, but are there any particular circumstances and/or procedures attaching to this occurrence? I assume that Wendel had been, or was, a malefactor of some sort?
    Just interested.
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    Peter

    The Dundee Courier reported the following on September 28th 1944:

    Thefts of Kits of Dead Flyers
    Air Ministry's Concern
    Slough (Bucks) magistrates were told yesterday that miuch concern had been caused to the Air Ministry "over the large number of thefts from kits od dead and missing airmen."
    Superintendent Tucker said this during a hearing in the case in which Flying Officer Victor Wendeli [sic] (53), R.A.F., who came from New Zealand in 1939, was sentenced to a total of six months hard labour after pleading guilty to six charges of stealing and asking for four others to be taken into consideration.
    One of the charges related to a dressing gown missing from a dead airman's kit.
    Superintendent Tucker added that Wendell was stationed at the R.A.F. central depository to receive and check the effects of dead and missing airmen, and was billeted to a famer at Colnbrook (Bucks).
    A fur coat belonging to the farmer's daughter was stolen and later recovered by the police from Wendell's room at a London hotel. Other property seen in the room was found to have been stolen from the kits of dead airmen.
    Wendell came here, said the supertintendent, to visit his son, a fighter pilot, who was killed during the Battle of Britain.
    Pleading for leniency, Mr Harris (for Wendell), aid: "This man joined up to avenge his son's death. Since that tragedy he has been through hell, and does not know what he is doing half the time. He does not know why he stole these articles."

    His son was Kenneth Victor Wendel of 504 Sqn:

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...enneth-victor/

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    What a sad story, thank you for posting it Simon.

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    Simon,
    Mni tks. We all have our physical/mental/intellectual limits. But "Removed From The Service" (at least, in this case) seems to indicate that the malefactor had been given a Custodial Sentence by the civil power in a Civil Court - as opposed to merely passing a 'dud cheque' to pay your Mess Bill, or "interfering with" the CO's wife/daughter!!!
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    I just noticed that on Kenneth Victor Wendell that his grave headstone detais have been added

    When did The CWGC start to do that ?

    Also according to CWGC his father should be ?


    Christie Victor Wendel 67229

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    Paul you mean the details under Headstone heading?
    They are avaiable there for a quite long time.

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    Just for curious.. "Removal from Service" in the index search brings up the following 11 names

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...al&qnum=&cur=0

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    Squadron Leader Rev. Samuel McGladdery, was sentences to one month in jail Nov 1944 for something that would Probably be mistermeaner now or maybe caution or not even chArged

    But civil court so that is probably any removed

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    Kenneth Victor Wendel's grandfather was a Russia-born Jew from Warsaw named Ehrman. KVW's father was born in Auckland New Zealand on 26 May 1890, and he had his named changed from Victor Ehrman to Victor Wendel by deed poll on 2 September 1915, though when enlisting in the NZEF in 1917 used the Ehrman name - his service record later recording, however, that he was now in fact Victor Wendel. There is a detailed letter on his NZEF file explaining his origins and those of his own father.

    Victor journeyed to England on the Rangitiki, arriving in London on 12 April 1939. He died in New Zealand in 1963, NZ's BDM online registration of same recording his name as now Christopher Victor Wendel. As forumites will have observed, the son's CWGC next of kin entry lists the father as Christie Victor Wendel.

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