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    Default F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades, Bomb Aimer, 156 Squadron PFF

    Hello, appeal for help again.
    F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades, Bomb Aimer, 156 Squadron PFF, Lancaster W4930, all crew killed on 16 April 1943, flew with the following crew. Again, hoping for any contact with any family members, possible crew /squadron photographs.
    Squadron photo taken on 4/3/43, mentioned in ORB, any ideas where such photo can be found as it ainít in the ORB or the NA ?

    https://www.flickr.com/gp/188345812@N07/1sTyZ3

    Sgt Hugh Bernard Gonce (pilot)
    Sgt John Gordon Dean (Nav)
    Sgt Harry Dawson Rowe (W/O)
    Sgt Murdo McKenzie Muirhead (F/E)
    F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades (Bomb Aimer)
    Sgt James Boyd (M/U)
    Sgt Elmo Louie Corley (R/G)

    Also with another crew:
    W/O Horan JM
    Sgt Atkin RJ
    F/S Fast EP
    Sgt Chapman JC
    Sgt Forbes GG
    F/O McKinn RA

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    Default Re: F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades, Bomb Aimer, 156 Squadron PFF

    cyflyer1, Hi,
    Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades
    b. 1923(?) deducted by subtracting 18 from Enlistment date.
    Oct 1941(?) Enlisted RAFVR 1398168 in Block 1375001-1400000 issued Euston 01-Aug-40 to 30-Nov-41. TNA AIR 78/3/5 Image 192 R1C1
    26 Sep 1942 1398168 Sgt Micheal Cyriacos ANASTASSIADES Cmd Plt Off RAFVR GD (129920).
    26 Mar 1943 Prom Fg Off
    d. 16 Apr 1943 in Lancaster I, W4854, 156 Sqn, Brimont, France (RAFWEB).

    Note
    (1) This Cypriot Officer of Greek extraction does appear in the LG, whereas the previous Greek Cypriot did not. LG ‘speak with forked tongue’?
    (2) The RAF use a different spelling of the second Forename (linguistic/script problem?).
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Default Re: F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades, Bomb Aimer, 156 Squadron PFF

    Hi Peter,
    born 1917 Nicosia, enlisted October 1941, spelling of second forename as I have spelt it (I do see some strange spellings sometimes) , yes Greek Cypriot.

    regards,
    Andrew
    Last edited by cyflyer1; 18th May 2020 at 07:43.

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    Default Re: F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades, Bomb Aimer, 156 Squadron PFF

    Further to searching for contacts/photos regarding F/O Anastassiades, I was wondering about something unusual about his service history. Normal flow was ACRC- ITW (approx 6-8 weeks)- AFU (O) specilised training- OTU - CU- Sqn. Where is the ITW in this case, and where does Hemswell and Cottesmore fall into the normal accesion flow of a trainee Bomb Aimer ? Hemswell had two Polish Wellington squadrons based there and Cottesmore hosted 14 OTU training Hampden crews. Why would someone be appointed to Hemswell and Cottesmore straight out of ACRC and miss out on ITW ?

    Enlisted 1 ACRC St Johns Wood Nov 1941 approx (4 weeks)
    Hemswell (17 weeks)
    Cottesmore (5 weeks)
    ACDW
    51 Group Pool
    ACDW
    9(O) AFU (Bomb Aimer)
    81 OTU
    1656 CU
    156 Sqn

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    Default Re: F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades, Bomb Aimer, 156 Squadron PFF

    Additional question on his form 543. Any know what the meaning of 'annual filming Feb 1944' and 'annual filming DFO' (or DEO) that is stamped in the miscellaneous section ?

    Andrew

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    Default Re: F/O Micheal Kyriakos Anastassiades, Bomb Aimer, 156 Squadron PFF

    Thanks, makes sense.
    Andrew

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