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I was researching this man as he was on my pre-war bail out list for July 18, 1938 Blenheim Bomber L1153

He was then Aircraftman 1 James Hamilton Gordon #522940 and was crewed as an Air Gunner

His Obit in Portadown News Saturday 20 July 1940 makes reference of this


"He had over five years' service in the R.A.F'., and was one of the first 15 officers to receive a commission as an Officer Air Gunner. He resided for many years at 12, Cecil Street. Portadown. He was very popular with all who knew him, and was elected a member of the Caterpillar Club (restricted to airmen who made a forced landing by parachute) two years ago



What got me was the reference to " first 15 officers to receive a commission as an Officer Air Gunner"

His London Gazette reference is below so I assume these are all Air Gunners., but how he can be in 1st fifteen I am not sure? Unless all below not Air Gunners



Air Ministry,
7th May, 1940.

GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
The undermentioned- are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot
Officers on probation on the dates stated:

Flight Sergeants.
21st Feb. 1940.
365689 Arthur George CORK (43119).

1st Apr. 1940.
562668 Claude DUNKERLEY (43120).
505111 Harry Reginald LAWSON (43121).
564804 John WELSH (43122).
563133 Nelson Bruce HARVEY (43123).
561774 Harry Edward George KEAST (43124)
563272 William Jervase UPRICHARD (43125)
560718 Walter Harry WAKEFIELD (43126).
590159 Frederick David WEBSTER (43127).

Acting Flight Sergeant.
1st Apr. 1940.
563385 John Henry SEARBY (43128).

Temporary Flight Sergeants,
1st Apr. 1940.
366462 George Edward STANSBURY (43129).
561660 Eric Thomas WATKIN (43130).

Sergeants,
1st Apr. 1940.
561994 Arthur Herbert BENSON (43131).
561516 Frank Reginald CAREY (43132).
561859 William George EASTON (43133).
565143 Walter George GARDINER (43134).
580222 George Edward GOLDSMITH (43135)
562138 William Newell HAMMOND (43136).
566328 Alfred Dennis MILLER (43137).
563257 Joe NORTHROP (43138).
580162 Edward Frederick James ODOIRE (43139)
563213 Frank PARVIN (43140).
563365 Edward Walter PLUMB (43141).
562613 William Alfred SHILLITTO (43142).
580154 Thomas Laidlaw Scott SMYTHE (43143)
564413 Charles Darwen STENNER (43144).
563428 Reginald William Cox (43145).
580016 Dudley Hamilton DAVIS (43146).
580010 Richard Cummins HAINE (43147).
564055 Sidney Roland JEFFERY (43148).
580118 George Dennis LYSTER (43149).
564466 William PANTON (43150).
580287 Ronald HALL (43151).
580323 Ronald Frank HOSKINS (43152).
562945 Hector Garman WEBB (43154).

Corporals.
17th Jan. 1940.
566741 Stanley WILSON (43155).
524717 Hilton Aubrey HAARHOFF (43156).

Leading Aircraftmen.
17th Jan. 1940.
522940 James Hamilton GORDON (43157).
21st Feb. 1940.
567604 Walter Henry Ewen FITZEARLE (43158).
550715 William BAKER (43159).

7th Apr. 1940.
843621 Alexander Hills CURRY (43160).
843617 Richard Theobald HUNTER (43161).
570781 Terence Edward LEE (43162).








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