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    Default 43421 W/Cdr ARCHIBALD PHILIP WALSH 419 SQ RCAF

    Hi all,

    I have already read the bio of above named officer (http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/s...tname&type=all) but I am trying to confirm if 43421 A. P. WALSH (KIA 3.9.42 with 419 Sq) was identical with:

    1) P/O A. P. Walsh detached to BATS at Watchfield in January 1941,
    2) F/O A. P. Walsh, instructor of 5 BATF at Honington in April 1941,
    3) F/Lt A. P. Walsh DFC possibly the CO of 5 BATF at Honington in July 1941.

    It seems to me that the person in points 1) - 3) was identical person but I have not been able so far to connect it with 43421 A. P. WALSH but is looks like it "may" be also the same officer.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello Pavel,
    You perhaps already have seen this, but just in case you have not.

    http://www.419squadron.com/X3711funeral.html

    Alex

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    Hi Alex, thank you for the link. I have been on this site already but not on this perticular page.

    Pavel
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    Pavel, You may find this link of use: http://www.419squadron.com/Walsh.html
    I note that it mentions a previous posting of Hornington; perhaps a mis-spelling of Honnington. Also as Walsh was awarded the AFC, perhaps this was for his service at a BATF; perhaps there is a citation lurking out there. I also wonder over the mention of a Czechoslovak Military Cross. What was it awarded for? Regards, Terry

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    Hi Terry, thank you for pointing out.
    I would have contact the admin is it seems to me you are right with the Honington. Also the AFC and Czechoslovak Military Cross seems to me strange - I have not seen a recommendation for this Czech award for him in our archive and both awards are not mentioned in the LG so I am afraid it is not true.

    Czechoslovak Military Cross was someting like the DFC but due to lack of another awards this was also awarded to allied airmen "for help with creation of Czechoslovak units in the RAF" or "long term cooperation with Czechoslovak units".

    Pavel
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    From awards to Canadians in the RAF:

    WALSH, F/O Archibald Philip (43421) - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 24 December 1940. Born Toronto, 1912; home in London, Ontario; joined RAF 1936; served in No.9 Squadron, 3 May to 19 September 1940 when posted to No.214 Squadron. Later served with No.419 Squadron; killed in action, 2/3 September 1942. DHist file 181.005 D.270 listing Canadian airmen in the RAF, January 1940, identifies him as a Sergeant at the time (580138), which suggests he was commissioned about that time and rapidly promoted to Flying Officer. Specifically listed in AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941 as a Canadian in the RAF who had been decorated as of that date. Air Ministry Bulletin 2548 refers. AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942 (reporting him missing) and AFRO 455/43 dated 19 March 1943 (confirming his death) also identified him as a Canadian in the RAF. No citation published other than "for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations". Public Records Office Air 2/9327 has recommendation dated 20 October 1940:

    Pilot Officer Archibald Philip Walsh has taken part as Captain of aircraft in many important operations undertaken by the squadron since 10th May 1940, including low flying attacks in France and Flanders. In his 30 operational flights he has displayed great consistency and determination in finding and attacking his targets in face of severe enemy opposition. By his courage, persistent determination and skill as a Captain of aircraft, this officer has at all times set an example deserving of the highest praise.

    This was further commented upon by the Commanding Officer of RAF Station Honington (21 October 1940):

    Pilot Officer Walsh has consistently achieved satisfactory results, in particular on 18th June at Leverkusen, 29th June in the Black Forest, and 9th August near Cologne when he succeeded in starting large fires at his objective. He also delivered a very determined attack on the aerodrome at Waalhaven on 10th May, descending to 1,000 feet to drop the bombs which ignited four large fires in the hangars.

    This was further refined for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee to the following (unpublished) citation:

    Pilot Officer Walsh has taken part in 30 operational flights including raids on Leverkusen, on objectives in the Black Forest, near Cologne and on the aerodrome at Waalhaven. He has displayed great consistency and determination in finding and attacking his targets in the face of severe opposition. By his courage and skill as a captain of aircraft he has always set an example deserving of the highest praise.

    WALSH, S/L Archibald Philip (43421) - Air Force Cross - No.5 Beam Approach Training Flight - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1942. Public Record Office Air 2/8901 has recommendation. Curiously it refers to him as a Flight Lieutenant.

    Flight Lieutenant Walsh was selected for blind approach training instruction duties in September 1940. He was posted to the first Blind Approach Training Unit in No.3 Group and his keenness and hard work, necessitating many hours flying, were largely responsible for its success. Since this officer has been posted to No.5 Beam Approach Training Flight his efforts have raised the standard of training to a high level and he has successfully trained numerous operational pilots in No.3 Group. Flight Lieutenant Walsh has completed no less than 730 hours flying on Lorenz beams in less than a year and, though this form of instruction must of necessity grow monotonous, his untiring efforts and devotion to duty have in no way decreased.

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    Hi Hugh,

    thank you very much for your post. It make it clear!
    I have failed somehow to locate his award of AFC in the LG.

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    You will find Walsh's AFC entry here:

    http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/i.../supplement/42 (No Citation).

    Col.

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    Thank you Colin! Looks like this page has not available the OCR search...

    Pavel
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