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    Default Another W/C Cheshire?

    Whilst examining a wartime log book, with the late crewman's family recently, an interesting name stood out.

    The W/op air gunner was flying with 50 Sqn (Hampdens) at RAF Swinderby in mid to late1941. A single NFT entry for August 41 (date from my memory) shows his pilot as a 'W/C Cheshire'! The name appears only once for a single Night Flying Test entry.

    Leonard Cheshire was made acting W/C at least 12 months later in Aug 42 and I've seen no record of him flying Hampdens whatsoever. I can find no other Cheshire so senior in the RAF from initial enquires, was there another senior officer named Cheshire as early as this in Bomber Command? Leonard's younger brother Christopher was a mere P/O at this time. 50 Sqn boss at this time was W/C G A Walker, (later ACM Sir Augustus Walker), so the other W/C was not on the squadron, perhaps a visitor from group?

    I don't have the exact date of the NFT from the log book, as the family were making a 'flying visit' but I'm waiting for contact details to arrive. Their relative ( 1252091 Sgt Edwin Ralph James) was lost after seven or eight ops, KIA with his entire crew in 20/21st Oct 41 on a raid to Bremen.

    Any ideas?

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    Have a look in the September 1941 Air Force list to see what names exist.

    https://digital.nls.uk/british-milit...chive/97189206
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    https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn23/9615/96150057.23.pdf

    24005 Walter Grames CHESHIRE

    E Qualified at specialist engineering course at university

    I Qualified by examination as an interpreter

    psa Graduate of RAF Staff college
    (t) Temp. rank

    Malcolm's website would have given the answer as well

    http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Cheshire_W.htm
    Dennis Burke
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn23/9615/96150057.23.pdf

    24005 Walter Grames CHESHIRE

    E Qualified at specialist engineering course at university

    I Qualified by examination as an interpreter

    psa Graduate of RAF Staff college
    (t) Temp. rank

    Malcolm's website would have given the answer as well

    http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Cheshire_W.htm
    Thank you, quite a career for someone I've not heard of before!

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