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    After my Grandmother passed we learned she was engaged to a pilot. All we have is a picture of him with the following written on the back "My darling Eric killed 1941". He does have Sgt stripes.
    I have already looked through all the Eric's killed in 1941 in the RAF during the battle of Britain and he does not look like any of those.
    Looking for some ideas?
    Thank you

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    I had a quick look on the CWGC Site, there are 8 pages of Ericís listed as killed in 1941 in the RAF including a number of Sgt, he may of course got a promotion before his death. You donít have any more clues was to who he was with when he was killed.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Where did your grand mother live in 1940 and 1941, assuming she wasn't in the services herself and posted away from home, he might have been a local man.

    Is there a wings badge on his breast, is it double wings of a pilot or the single wings of the other trades, O for Observer, AG for air gunner etc

    What if any head gear is he wearing?

    Can you post the post to some photo site, or email it too me at dp_burke@yahoo.com and I'll share is up here.

    Its a bit needle in haystack but one never knows.

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    Hello

    The engagement might have been announced in the newspapers at the time, perhaps? It may be in the newspaper archives on FindMyPast.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Simon,
    I have looked extensively on Ancestry but I will give find my past a try.

    Thank you

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    Hi Dennis,

    She lived in Bristol. I'll send you the picture as I don't see a way to post it.

    Thank you

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    John,

    Thank you. All we have is the picture unfortunately.

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    https://photos.app.goo.gl/JJmf9dh8tcRJLE2JA

    Ok, can folks see that image?

    Deffinetly pilots wings, Sgt chevrons, what is the shoulder badge again?

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    Bog-standard RAF non-Officer shoulder Eagle
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Here are Surnames of Eric's in CWGC for RAF/RAFVR 1941

    ERIC -Killed 1941 - Sgt.

    In one or two cases Eric is a middle name.

    UK
    ASHWOOD. 21 Sqn - 04/06/41 - Blenheim IV - V6323.
    ASHWORTH. 220 Sqn
    BARRATT. Ag 7 Sqn
    BLAKE, ROp
    BLOMELEY. 101 Sqn
    BOWMAN. ( Pilot ) 26 CFlt. - Stirling I - N6066 - 24/12/41.
    BROWN. WopAg U/T
    BRUCE. (Pilot ) 213 Sqn - Hurricane I - P3522.
    BRUNDISH. 44 Sqn
    CASH. Obs. 82 Sqn
    CASTLE. 22 Sqn
    CHAMBERLAIN. WopAg
    DEVEREUX. WopAg
    DIAPER. 504 Sqn
    DYER. 44 Sqn
    EASTON. ( Pilot ) 502 Sqn - Whitley V - Z6553 "YG-E" (29th) - 30/04/41
    EGGLETON. 608 Sqn
    ELKINGTON. WopAg
    ELMES. 110 Sqn
    FLEMING. ( Pilot ) 258 Sqn - Hurricane II - Z2589
    FREESE. ( Pilot ) 74 Sqn - Spitfire IIa - P7561
    FRISBY. WopAg
    GRECO. 57 Sqn
    HARDMAN. WopAg
    HARVEY. 235 Sqn
    HEALY - WellingtonII - W5596 - OADU.
    HODGES. 58 Sqn
    HORTEN. WopAg 144 Sqn
    HOSKIN. ( Pilot ) 10 Sqn - Married - Whitley V - Z9188 - "ZA-V" - 12/12/41.
    HUGHES. 51 Sqn
    IRELAND. 218 Sqn
    JACKSON. 201 Sqn
    JOHNS. 206 Sqn
    KEETLEY. 115 Sqn
    LEE. WopAg 18 Sqn
    LLOYD. WopAg 18
    MADDISON. 114 Sqn
    MAIN - Wellington Ic - Z1049 - 15 OTU - 03/11/41
    MASON. ( Pilot ) 232 Sqn - Hurricane I - P3608
    MINSHALL - Wellington II W5596 - OADU.
    PAINTER. 75(RNZAF) Sqn
    PARKER. (Pilot) 144 Sqn - Hampden I - X3030 "PL" - 20/09/41.
    PAUL. WopAg 103 Sqn
    PHILLIPS. Obs
    POLKINGHORNE. 10 Sqn
    ROBINSON. ( Pilot ) - 16 OTU - Hampden I - P5318.
    RROBERTSON 40 Sqn
    RODGER. WopAg
    ROUTLEDGE. 9 Sqn
    ROWLAND. 458 Sqn
    ROWLEY. 107 Sqn
    SEYMOUR Obs 7 Sqn
    SHERWOOD. 40 Sqn
    SHIPLEY. WopAg
    SPENCER. WopAg
    STEVENS. 99 Sqn
    STERLING. ( Pilot ) 408(RCAF) Sqn - Hampden I - P5392 - "EQ-W" - 15/12/41.
    TAFT. At. 144 Sqn
    TIPTAFT. 201 Sqn
    TURNER. (Pilot ). 144 Sqn - Hampden I - AD922 - "PL" - 21/09/41.
    TYLER. 44 Sqn
    WELCH. WopAg

    NETHERLANDS
    BUTLER. WopAg 106 Sqn
    FIELDSEND WopAg 77 Sqn
    KENNEDY. WopAg. 104 Sqn
    THOMAS. Flt/Eng 35 Sqn
    TROTT. WopAg. 9 Sqn
    TYLER. Ag. 40 Sqn

    GERMANY
    ACTON. WopAg 21 Sqn
    BRIGGS. WopAg. 58 Sqn
    CARTLEDGE. WopAg. 58 Sqn
    DURHAM. (Pilot) 49 Sqn - Married - Hampden I - AE236 - "EA" - 07/09/41.
    HASTE. WopAg. 106 Sqn
    LAGER. (Pilot) 10 Sqn - Whitley V - Z6794 - "ZA" - 17/08/41.
    LEWIN. ( Pilot) 9 Sqn - Wellington Ic - R1341 - "WS-Z" - 13/08/41.
    NETHERCOTT. Obs. 105 Sqn
    NORMAN. WopAg 83 Sqn
    RAPLEY. ( Pilot). 7 Sqn - Married - Stirling I - N6010 - "MG" - 11/05/41.

    FRANCE
    CHESTERMAN. WopAg 217 Sqn

    BELGIUM
    FINDON ( Pilot) 78 Sqn - Married - Whitley V - Z6466 - "EY-A" - 25/08/41.
    THOMSON (Pilot) 149 Sqn - Wellington Ic - R1524 - "OJ-P" - 05/08/41.

    MALTA
    KELSEY 261 Sqn

    EGYPT
    COLLINGBORN 55 Sqn
    MARTIN Obs 55 Sqn
    SMITH WopAg
    STREET Obs 45 Sqn

    SUDAN
    LIVERMORE - See Col's post for extra info. Hurricane I - V7713.

    GREECE
    PAYTON Obs 252 Sqn

    SYRIA
    CRUTTENDEN Obs 203 Sqn

    NORWAY
    DROBIG (Pilot ) 21 Sqn - Married - Blenheim IV - V6252.

    Names from CWGC lists, Sgt's only, not F/Sgt's or higher rank.

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 10th June 2019 at 19:37.

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