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    Please can anybody help ? I am trying to identify an early commissioned WOp/AG who flew in Blenheims with 57 Squadron.

    Pilot Officer Watson is first known to me when he flew with the CO on 9 July 1940 in an attack on Stavanger/Sola which cost many lives.
    By 7 September 1940 he was flying again with the CO but now as a Flying Officer (WOp/AG) and he flew several times as such in later months.

    Looking for a Watson who might fit the frame I have :

    Alfred William Knox Watson (40486) promoted F/O on 25 June 1940 (killed Jun 1941 as F/Lt, 202 Sqn)
    Anthony Richard Watson (40448) promoted F/O on 25 July 1940
    Rafael Watson (40581) promoted F/O on 3 September 1940

    I dont know their trades though and I suspect there may be more Watsons - any help appreciated.
    thanks Pete

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    Hello,

    One more Watson you should consider:

    78283 A/F/L George Robert WATSON DFC RAFVR - DFC - 57 Sqn. - LG: 26/05/1942.

    https://thegazette.co.uk/London/issu.../2289/data.pdf

    A/P/O w.e.f. 15/05/1940

    F/O w.e.f. 15/05/1942

    Col
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 28th November 2019 at 12:48.

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    Hello Pete,

    I think Col has found your Watson. It's impressive that he appears to have survived for two years with 57 Squadron !

    In the online August 1940 Air Force List (effective to 16 July) there are three Watson air gunners, all Pilot Officers.
    42945 Francis Joseph Watson. He was flying with 83 Squadron during June 1940 and was killed on 24 September 1940 having recently been gazetted for the DFC. From their ORB, the London gazette and the CWGC.
    78702 Lionel George Watson. He joined 29 Squadron in mid-June 1940 and flew with them until late 1941. From 'MEN OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN' (2015) by Kenneth Wynn.

    The October 1940 Air Force List (effective to 20 September 1940) records the same three, all still Pilot Officers. So your Watson in 57 Squadron must have held the rank of Acting Flying Officer by September 1940.
    There is a fourth Watson air gunner in this edition, 81421 Acting Pilot Officer Alexander Knox Watson with a seniority of 28 June 1940. Seems too late to be your man. He died on 27 June 1941 with 10 Squadron.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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    Thank you Gentlemen
    I had looked at that Watson and I was put off by his late promotion to Flying Officer, obviously his "Acting" rank could have been effective early enough, and as you say he survived 2 years with No. 57, their "chop rate" was pretty awful, thanks for your help !

    I shall try to find the recommendation for that 1942 DFC and see if it has a list of ops or anything useful attached.
    Pete
    Last edited by PeteS; 29th November 2019 at 09:25.

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