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    Default F/Sgt E Perran 798630 RAF Identification help

    Dear All

    I have come across this airman that I would like to identify. He was serving on 201 Squadron in August 1944. He was from Newfoundland (before it became part of Canada)

    I understand the service number is from a batch allocated to local recruitments in Newfoundland. I cannot find him in the Air 78 records.

    I believe that on 4th September he bailed out of Wellington X3940 whilst with 25 OTU over Yorkshire, I believe he was an Air Gunner at the time.

    Any help in providing a full name would be very much appreciated.

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    Chris

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    Chris,
    No answers – as yet!
    Perran does seem to be a Newfoundland ‘name’.
    798630 is in the Block 798500-799549 (last actually issued 798857) in the RAFVR from 1 Aug 1940 onwards (don’t know when they stopped issuing them) in Newfoundland. One of my lists of these ‘overseas’ numbers describes them as being for “Local Service”. I have never been able to find a precise definition of “Local Service”, but one source indicated that it meant that the individual (incl WAAFs) would be uniformed/trained near where they lived. They would be subject to the normal military discipline but would not be posted away from ‘home’ – except in emergencies.
    One of our Canadian experts may have the answer(s)?
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    Chris, and Peter

    Ancestry.com has a some Perrans from St. John's, Newfoundland, including an Edgar Perran, b. St. John's, 1923.

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    Simon

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    Weird

    His Air 78 Index either lost or misfiled


    Kevin Fentin Neville 798629 'IB'? 'DB' ?code of Index

    Maxwell Sutton 798631 'IB'? 'DB' ?code of Index

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    Hello,

    I'm not inclined to pursue this personally, but the following site looks like a pretty good place to start:

    http://www.ngb.chebucto.org/NFREG/index_wwii.shtml

    Also pop "Perran" into the Whole Site search box at the bottom of the page.

    Check out the Bibliography, as well.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 9th October 2019 at 12:20.

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    Dear All

    Thank you all again very much for your assistance. I have just got back home after a short break in Portugal hence the delay in replying. I will do some more work over the next few days and update if I am successful.

    Chris

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    Perran was indeed in Wellington X3940. The 25 OTU orb confirms this.

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    Perran is not a common name in Newfoundland, but Perrin is. Could it be a typo in the records?

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    I don't think it is a typo as it is recorded spelt like that elsewhere.
    I did get in touch with Dan Breen from www.ngb.chebucto.org mentioned in an earlier post.
    He kindly looked at census and voter records from the time and we did find a Perran family in St John's at the time but no Perran likely to be him.
    I never could find the Edgar Perran b 1923 in St John's mentioned by Simon either.
    It's all still a mystery. There is a chance when the casualty file for the bailing out of the Wellington is released to TNA it may contain details of NOK, even though he wasn't killed in that incident.
    Chris

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    Interesting. I've posed the question to someone here with the surname Perrin and await a reply.

    Presume you've seen this:

    http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...k42/x3940.html

    Darrell
    Last edited by 2083x; 7th January 2020 at 18:14.

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