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    Hi,

    Anyone had experience of trying to research former Rhodesians in the RAF?

    I have a couple of Rhodesian pilots who served in the RAF, but I have drawn a blank using the usual UK avenues.

    Advice welcome.

    TIA

    Steve
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    Steve,

    Here are a couple of No.218 Sqn Bods:

    777681/(80119) P/O Louis Phillip KOLITZ* (Polish) - Air Gunner (enlisted in Rhodesia, 1940).
    + 24/7/1941 - Wellington IC R1726:HA-O - BCL2/101
    Killed Air Ops. Aircraft crashed in sea off Brest.
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial - Panel 33.
    Born 20/10/1910. Stutchin, Poland. (no mention in Krzystka's List!).
    * https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5228/page/4281
    (p.752).

    40711 P/O Arthur McDonald 'Jimmie' IMRIE RAF - Pilot. (later F/Lt.).
    POW 14/5/1940 - Battle I L5235:HA-W - BCL1(rev.ed.)/283
    POW No.505 - Oflag VIIB, Oflag IXA and Stalag Luft III.
    (p.840).

    See:
    A Pride of Eagles The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920 - 1980.
    Salt,Beryl.
    Johannesburg:Covos Day,2001.
    pp.752 & 840

    Col.
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    Steve,
    I have the following Enlisted Blocks:-
    779000-779499 (Last issued 779385, Tot 386) RAFVR Transfers Rhodesians Iraq 01-Jul-40
    779500-779999 (Last issued 779517, Tot 18) RAFVR, Transfers Rhodesians Middle East 01-May-40
    776200-776499 (Last issued 776455, Tot 256) RAFVR S Rhodesians Middle East 01-Jun-40
    777600-778999 (Last issued 778999, Tot 1400) RAFVR Rhodesia 01-Jun-40
    Total 2050
    This would have been a sizeable percentage of the appropriate population at the time? There were also some S Africans who Enlisted in S Rhodesia. And a few S Rhodesia aircrew who transferred to the RAF in 1951. Don’t know about any Commissioned totals/numbers - too difficult!!!
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    Col,

    These are the two in question!!!!

    I have some notes from a chap who served on 218 with IMRIE and in them it states that he, Imrie has previously flown in Rhodesia pre-war before joining the RAF.

    Just trying to establish this. Regarding KOLITZ trying to find out what he was doing in Rhodesia !

    Thanks again.

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    Steve/Col,
    Try RAF 44, 237 and 266 (Rhodesia) Sqns. The first 30 “Rhodesian” Enlisted numbers I fed into the LG produced 3 Commissions (only 1 in GD!). A 10% strike-rate seems to indicate the ex-SRAF personnel were of a fairly high quality (but it was a very small sample).
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    My website that was created in honour of my father-in-law and allied airmen prisoners of war mentions a "Frank Balloch, Spitfire pilot from Rhodesia".
    There is a POW photo and some notes that were in my father-in-law's scrapbook.

    Also, Robert Toomey drew airforce insignia that was signed by POWs. There is an insignia of SAAF signed by : Chris Hansen, N. H. Swale, R. Preston, D. J. van Rooyen, Martin Zerff, D. A. Wooldridge, D. Hayes, G. B. Edwards, D. de Kock. See: https://sites.google.com/site/wardia...gs-of-insignia

    For Frank Balloch, POW photo and notes:
    See: https://sites.google.com/site/wardia...ook/POW-Photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clafleur View Post
    My website that was created in honour of my father-in-law and allied airmen prisoners of war mentions a "Frank Balloch, Spitfire pilot from Rhodesia".
    There is a POW photo and some notes that were in my father-in-law's scrapbook.

    Also, Robert Toomey drew airforce insignia that was signed by POWs. There is an insignia of SAAF signed by : Chris Hansen, N. H. Swale, R. Preston, D. J. van Rooyen, Martin Zerff, D. A. Wooldridge, D. Hayes, G. B. Edwards, D. de Kock. See: https://sites.google.com/site/wardia...gs-of-insignia

    For Frank Balloch, POW photo and notes:
    See: https://sites.google.com/site/wardia...ook/POW-Photos
    Hi guys

    I have a 'mysterious' South African or Rhodesian Blenheim pilot whom I can't fully identify - Plt Off Hooper 27 Squadron 1941/42. Possibly John and apparently known as Ginge.
    I believe he was a Sgt Pilot in 1941 and received his commission later in the year.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    Hi guys

    I have a 'mysterious' South African or Rhodesian Blenheim pilot whom I can't fully identify - Plt Off Hooper 27 Squadron 1941/42. Possibly John and apparently known as Ginge.
    I believe he was a Sgt Pilot in 1941 and received his commission later in the year.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers
    Brian
    Brian,

    Could one of these airmen possibly be your man?

    http://www.211squadron.org/personnel_rolls.html

    Scroll down to Southern Rhodesia.

    Distinguished Flying Cross (Brothers).

    HOOPER, Jeffry Campbell Ross. P/O. (89777). RAFVR. Strategical Reconnaissance Unit.
    London Gazette: 26/12/1941 p.7298.

    HOOPER, John Gower Martin. F/O. (89778). RAFVR. Strategical Reconnaissance Unit.
    London Gazette: 15/5/1942 p.2123.

    Col.
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    Hi Col

    Yes, I know of the brothers but apparently neither fits the bill!

    Thanks all the same.

    Cheers
    Brian




    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Brian,

    Could one of these airmen possibly be your man?

    http://www.211squadron.org/personnel_rolls.html

    Scroll down to Southern Rhodesia.

    Distinguished Flying Cross (Brothers).

    HOOPER, Jeffry Campbell Ross. P/O. (89777). RAFVR. Strategical Reconnaissance Unit.
    London Gazette: 26/12/1941 p.7298.

    HOOPER, John Gower Martin. F/O. (89778). RAFVR. Strategical Reconnaissance Unit.
    London Gazette: 15/5/1942 p.2123.

    Col.

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