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Thread: RAFVR WWII age considerations

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    Default Re: RAFVR WWII age considerations

    I noted a few RAFVR veterans based on ages recorded by CWGC

    AC2 James Wellington Jelfs (aged 69)
    F/O Robert James Kirkwood (aged 64)
    F/S George Henry Dickinson MSM (aged 64)

    and a number in their earlier 60's

    I think the oldest "normal" aircrew casualty I'd seen was a chap who I believe had come from Sri Lanka to fight.
    F/S Kadir Kamn Nagalingam (aged 48) 166 Squadron

    but of course P/O Sir Arnold Talbot Wilson KCIE, CSI, CMG, DSO was in the RAFVR (aged 56) when killed with 37 Squadron as a Rear Gunner and F/O Sidney "Timbertoes" Carlin MC DFC DCM was a Defiant gunner 151 Squadron when killed aged 52

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    Default Re: RAFVR WWII age considerations

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    F/O Sidney "Timbertoes" Carlin MC DFC DCM was a Defiant gunner 151 Squadron when killed aged 52

    Regards PeteS
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    Sidney Carlin must have been quite a character,if I remember correctly he was engaging enemy bombers whilst on the ground in a Defiant turret at Wittering.

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