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    Default Identification of 30302 Sgt J Prive

    Hello All,
    I am flogging my way through an alphabetical list of mostly(!) RAF airmen taken PoW by Italy. I’m halfway through “S”. Not all are complete. Most of the Surnames check against the Service Numbers (and vice versa). But one, in the “P’s” caused more difficulties than usual. He is (as printed in the list):-
    30302 Sgt J Prive. ‘Prive’ is an unusual Surname. I can’t make it come up in AIR 78. 30302 as a Service Number don’t compute for WW2 aircrew(?). The original (viewed through a strong hand-lens) looks as if there may have been a preceding (but now missing) digit. Replacing the blur/gap/glitch with all the digits, in turn, still doesn’t make sense. He was taken PoW through camp PG62 (Grumello del Piano, which is in a SW suburb of Bergamo, and which is said to have been a Work Camp for (mainly) Indians and Cypriots – and not a ‘normal’ Transit Camp).
    I would like this bloke’s Forename, and correct Service Number.
    I think my eyes were getting tired, and I filed it in the TFD (“Too F**** Difficult”) tray.
    Can anybody (a) help, and (b) tell me how they helped (my TFD tray is getting filled!).
    TIA
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    Default Re: Identification of 30302 Sgt J Prive

    Hi Peter,

    A French airman? e.g. 30302 Sgt Jean Privé, Forces aériennes françaises libres, FAFL ?

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    Mojmir

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    Default Re: Identification of 30302 Sgt J Prive

    Hello Peter,

    I have exactly the same details, you have mentioned Peter in WO 392/21 (Italy, Section 8, Air Forces). I do not know much about SAAF Service Numbers, could he be a South African?

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    Finn Buch

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    Default Re: Identification of 30302 Sgt J Prive

    Hello All,
    Thankyou for all the help and IDs - much appreciated.
    I was led astray by the fact that previously, in this list, all those who were not members of UK/Commonwealth Air Forces had been annotated. Prive wasn't!!
    Tks again.
    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter,

    The good one is Jean Paul Charles PRIVE 21/4/1914-22/01/1992

    Posted on FAFL in june 1940 with service number 30.302.

    POW on 31/12/1940 after been lost ; was with de Stadieu and Meurant at the Groupe Réservé de Bombardement n°1

    Bertrand

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    Bertrand

    Where did you get the full name and service number. I have quite a few French airmen from the Naval side I am trying to identify.

    Chris

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    Chris,


    I begun my own researches on FAFL 25 years old ago.....French archives is the best way to find

    What are the names you are looking for ? I could help

    Bertrand

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    Default Re: Identification of 30302 Sgt J Prive

    Bertrand, Hi,
    I am not looking for any particular names.
    Jagan passed me a list of WW2 PoWs taken by the Italians. I was transcribing them on to his spread-sheet. I could not find Prive in AIR 78, FREEBMD, etc, etc, because he was not annotated, in the list, as being FFAF (or whatever).
    It did pass my mind that Prive may have been French in origin, but I did not think to delve into the French list (I've got enough trouble with my own!!!)
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Bertrand I have PM'd you

    Chris

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