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    Hello again,
    Could anyone please help with S/L R B SKELLON. What were his first names. He flew with 263 sqn from Jan 1941. Later in the year posted to 276 (ASR) sqn. He is not to be confused with FL RiCHARD CLEVERDON SKELLON and maybe related to him.
    I wish to know his DOB and where he originated from. Also his service number. Any posting after 276 ASR please.
    Any thing would be wonderful.
    With thanks, Roy
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    Roy,
    This is probably yr man:-

    Robert Burton Skellon
    b. 22 Mar 1920 (Loc/MMS not known - so can't chase siblings)
    Enlisted RAFVR Early Sep 1939(?) Block 965000-1149977 Padgate 1 Sep 39-31 Mar 1941 (prob aged 19?)
    28 Aug 1942 967895 Sgt Robert Burton Skellon Cmd Plt Off(p) RAFVR GD (137527)
    d. Q4 1973 Reg Swansea 8b 3522

    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 27th December 2019 at 10:08. Reason: QSD
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    Many thanks Peter,
    That is fantastic. I have been scratching my head on this for a long time.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.
    Roy

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    Roy,

    You might also be interested in the following, from 263 And 137 Squadrons The Whirlwind Years:

    263 Sqn. February 1941.

    There were several accidents during February the most spectacular of which involved Sgt Skellon. He damaged the tail unit of P6991* [sic] in a heavy landing (on 4 February 1941), then, on the 15th he took P6976 on a cross-country exercise but ran out of fuel. Although he made a creditable force-landing in a field at Cannington near Bridgwater, Somerset, both accidents were blamed on his inexperience on type. (p.32), (photo of Skellon, and the pranged P6976, on p.34**).

    Pilots of 263 & 137
    SKELLON Robert Burton.
    Nationality:British.
    S/n: 987895.
    Rank: Sergeant.
    Squadron: 263.
    Flight: A.
    In: 25 January 1941 from 56 OTU.
    First Whirlwind Op: Not operational.
    Out: 19 May 1941 to 2 Delivery Flight.
    Hours: 7:00.
    Remarks: Born on 22 March 1920 in Cardiff. On 15 February 1941 he ran out of fuel on a cross-country exercise and crash-landed P6976 HE-X near Cannington, Bridgwater. Posted as not suitable for Whirlwinds, he later flew Air Sea Rescue Lysanders and survived one more crash before he left the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant on medical grounds on 24 April 1945. He passed away in 1973.(pp.259-60).

    * Should read P6971.
    ** Interestingly, the photo of Skellon was provided by, Dorothy Skellon (a relative) - Dorothy Skellon archives.

    See:
    263 And 137 Squadrons The Whirlwind Years.
    Bowater,Robert.
    N.p.:Fonthill,2013.
    pp.31, 32, 34, 42, 259-60, 318 & 328.

    HNY.

    Col.
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    Roy,

    FREEBMD transcription error!!

    Robert Burton Skellon
    Q1 1918 Vincent B Skellon m Louise Humphreys Reg Cardiff 11a 732
    b. 22 Mar 1920. Reg Q2 1920 Cardiff 11a 779 (but Reg as Skelton) (MMS Humphreys). You can chase offspring from there!

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    Hello Col,
    Fantastic info Col, you have filled in all the gaps with his birth place, his OTU and first accident on 263 on 4-2-41, plus posting details from 263 sqn.
    While with 276 sqn, he redeemed himself on rescue sorties flying Lysander, Anson, Walrus and Spitfire (ASR)II types, from 1943 to 1944.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.
    Many thanks, Roy

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