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    Hello. Looking for info on this Officer. He flew one op with 407 Squadron in November 43 from St. Eval. Does not show up in any RCAF or RAF records that I have found.

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    Richard,
    Van End (if correctly reported/spelt?) seems to be a very rare RAF Surname! Van End, Van der End, Van de End, Vande/derenxxxxx, also not found in AIR 78 (although a couple of pages in that area were very badly out of focus!).
    What we really need, at this point, is a retired Dutch Air Force Warrant Officer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of WW2 military aviation??!!!
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    Perhaps S/Ldr Van End was "going along for the ride" and it is not his real name?

    Steve

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    Thanks for the reply. He was an extra crew member. Were there any Dutch squadrons in Coastal Command. He could be from there.
    Thanks Richard

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    Hi,

    A long looking for, Richard!

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-S-Ldr-Van-End


    What about an American D. Vandervelden or Van der Velden?

    US/10601390 M/Sgt Vandervelden, D.

    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...74/213?r=0&s=1

    … „Master Sergeant Van der Velden has been transfered to the U.S.Force on appointment to a commission and will be leaving this week making is still further short of Navigators.“…

    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...3/1499?r=0&s=1

    „this week“: 22.11.43 – Monday, 26.11.43 – the op of S/L Van End – Friday. He could go on Saturday/ Sunday…

    The nearest commissioned rank of Master Sergeant is Second Lieutenant – S/L (There isn’t „S/Ldr“ In ORB but there is “?/L“)

    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...3/1512?r=0&s=1

    https://ww2db.com/other.php?other_id=22

    A farewell trip before leaving the squadron?

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    Mojmir
    Last edited by vrajm; 5th January 2020 at 17:24.

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    This postulation is rather like what is supposed to have happened on the Nimrod recce Sqn when the Falklands Unpleasantness broke out. All the NATO/Commonwealth exchange posting blokes were shouting “Quick, quick, let’s go, go, go!”. The RAF element were saying “No, let’s get this slowly/properly right!”. The non-RAF element, whilst tearing their national identity tags/badges off their flight overalls said “No – you don’t understand. We need to get airborne, and in the war, and on radio-silence before our Govts remember we are here, and forbid us from going!!”.
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