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    Default Flt Lt Surender BERRY (133715) RAFVR

    All, while trawling the DFC Citations, stumbled on this one

    133715 RAFVR Flt Lt Surender BERRY 1945-01-16 622 Sqdn
    This officer has set a fine example of devotion to duty. He has participated in numerous sorties and has proved himself to be a most able and resolute navigator. In November, 1944, he took part in an operation against Homberg. During the sortie the aircraft sustained much damage. Flight Lieutenant Berry was badly wounded. Although unable to move he maintained a fine spirit and, under his direction, other members of the crew were enabled to navigate the damaged aircraft home. This officer set an example of a high order
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...36899/data.pdf

    622 Sqn operated Lancasters.

    He is mentioned in LG

    umber Name /Text London Gazette Details
    133715 1386755 Surender BERRY London Gazette supplement : 35885 , Dated 1943-01-29 , Download #35885
    133715 S BERRY London Gazette issue : 36094 , Dated 1943-07-13 , Download #36094
    133715 S BERRY London Gazette supplement : 36809 , Dated 1944-11-21 , Download #36809


    The name sounds 'Indian' to me . Literally the only mention in LG of a "Surender" Possibly an expat ? Any other family details to confirm origin?

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    Hi Jagan,

    There's Surrender Berry showing as deceased London 1979. Nothing to show him born in the UK.

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    Dave

    Edited to add: DOB 5 November 1922
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    The National Probate Calendar has Surender Lal Berry of 5 Raleigh Gardens, Brixton Hill, died December 26th 1978.

    He's on a couple of passenger lists from 1957. The list fromJanaury 21st 1957 has Surender Berry sailing from London to Vancouver aboard the Holland America ship S.S. Diemerdyk, d.o.b listed as November 5th 1922 as per Dave's post, and his occupation is given as Navigation Officer. Address given as 3 West Heath Gardens, NW3, and he is listed as a UK citizen.

    The other list from May 23rd 1957 has him travelling on the same ship and journey and records him as a Lecturer and his address as 27 West Heath Gardens.

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    Hello,

    Howard Sandall, in his "We Wage War By Night"*, states that Surender L. Berry was of Indian origin (p.234). There was another Berry on 622 Sqn, also a DFC winner, 77960 Leslie Frederick Berry, who was an evader. There are photographs of both of these airmen in Sandall's book.

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    "We Wage War By Night" An Operational and Photographic History of No.622 Squadron RAF Bomber Command.
    Sandall,Howard J.
    Atglen:Schiffer Military History,2011.

    Col.
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    Hello All,
    Surender (Lal?) Berry
    b. 5 Nov* 1922 location not known
    Enlisted 1386755 Block 1375001-1400000 Euston, Issued 01-Aug-40 to 30-Nov-41
    6 Nov 1942 1386755 LAC Surender Berry Cmd Plt Off RAFVR GD
    1954-57 several trips to USA/Canada. Birth country described as ‘British’ (this might not mean ‘Britain’, but might mean Commonwealth or Colonial?). Profession (to Canada) described as “Nav Inst”, or “Lecturer”.
    d. 26 Dec 1978 5 Raleigh Gdns, Brixton Hill, (GE 51.452892 -0.119895), Reg Q1 1979 Lambeth 14 89 (Forename spelled with double ‘r’)
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    * Addition
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    Hello All,
    BERRY, Surender 1386755
    Is how he appears on TNA AIR 78/14/4 Image 156, Left Col, 3 from top.
    A single, first, ‘r’ is how the RAF knew him, despite how FREEBMD and/or Probate see him. Which is correct?
    No ‘Lal’ as a Forename (or is ‘Lal’ an Indian similarity to ‘de’, ‘von’, ‘van’, etc?, but only used on specific occasions?)
    None of any of the other, occasional, markings that appear on some cards.
    HTH
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    it is certainly Surender (Single r) and Lal in the middle is just what a period name from that era would sound like .

    Additionally I found this in a google books search

    https://www.google.com/search?q=sure...w=1920&bih=937

    Rosicrucian Digest - Volume 40 - Page 20

    1962 - ‎Snippet view
    FOUND INSIDE - PAGE 20
    The Rosicrucian Digest January 1962 -Sociates efnawev, *Some 24sations By SURENDER LAL BERRY, D. F. C. i The Rosicrucian Digest January 1962 7medilocus Medifocus is a. 2 veryone acquainted with the method of questioning ...

    Rosicrucian Digest- Volume 40 - Page 207

    1962 - ‎Snippet view
    FOUND INSIDE - PAGE 207
    “Members. of. the. jury, ...” By SURENDER LAL BERRY, F. R. C., D. F. C.. Yo. have heard the evidence, and my duty is to guide you to the proper verdict. Historic cases often set precedents not always just or without prejudice. In spite of ...
    So that is our man..

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