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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.

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    John,

    Thank you. All we have is the picture unfortunately.

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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.

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    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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    Alex,

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    EASTON.

    You have the wrong details, should read:

    30/4/1941
    No.52 OTU
    Hurricane I P3864

    Crashed near Bishops Stortford, Herts. Failed to come out of high speed dive (per:Ross McNeill).

    1253064 Sgt (Pilot) Eric John EASTON RAFVR +

    Buried Charlton Cemetery, Greenwich, in joint grave with his elder sister; 2986 Sect. Off Joan Marjorie EASTON WAAF, who lost her life on 8/9/1943.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...se&styleleid=2

    Col.
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    Hello Col,
    Many thanks great that you spotted my error.
    The one I had was dated 29th April '41 and I now see that that crew survived.
    Only one Eric found in CWGC so assumed( wrongly) that he was the Whitley Easton :(
    Thanks
    Keep watching over me please
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 12th June 2019 at 03:01.

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    Not now able to continue to edit my list in an earlier post but just to add that at least 17 were Married.
    They were -

    CASTLE
    DIAPER
    DURHAM
    DYER
    DROBIG
    FINDON
    FRISBY
    HODGES
    HOSKIN
    POLKINGHORNE
    RAPLEY
    RODGER
    ROUTLEDGE
    SHERWOOD
    SMITH
    STEVENS
    STREET

    Alex

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