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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.

    Steve
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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).
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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