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    Default Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    From a diary entry dated 10 Feb 40:

    'Adjutant of 63 SQ B flight there & a jolly fine chap. A "Croix de Guerre" in Great War.'

    Can anyone put a name to this man, please?

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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    Hi Errol

    I have checked the 63 Sq ORB since Jul 1939 to Feb 1940 but nothing about any flight adjutant there always is mentioned only squadron adjutant.
    I suppose the entry most interesting for you may be the one of 9th Feb 40:

    F/O (A/F/Lt) W. S. Herd relinquished the duties of squadron adjutant on posting to No. 15 FTS Lossiemouth for flying and navigation duties. P/O G. F. Ward assumed the duties of squadron adjutant in his stead.

    HTH

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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    There was a George Frederick Ward in the RFC,not sure if the same as P/O GF Ward but could be.Transferred from the Army Cyclist Corps in 1916.

    2/Lt G F Ward (30th) Commissioned 25th September 1914 with other City Battalion Officers noted in LG 30/10/1914. 23rd Bttn in Book of Honour. Transferred from Manchester Regiment to ACC 14/9/1915. Attached to RFC by 17/6/1916. Struck off ACC strength 3/8/1916. During the afternoon of the 3rd September 1917, Lt Ward was piloting a RE8 type aircraft No. A4651 of No. 4 Squadron RFC over the Salient, accompanied by 77451 Sgt. W. Studholme MM carrying out a photographic patrol. Around 3 p.m. they were attacked by three enemy machines and during the resultant combat they were shot down.

    The report, not unexpectedly, describes Lt Ward as "shaken", but Sgt. Studholme had been seriously wounded during the action and died from his wounds two days later. He is buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery.

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    Many thanks Pavel and bvs. I can confirm that George Frederick Ward is indeed 'my' man - confirmed via the RAF Air Force List (Admin Branch) of Oct 1940.

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    Excellent Errol
    I forgot to say that I think G F Ward finished WW1 as a Captain,there is an LG entry for a Capt G.F. Ward transferred to the unemployed list in 1919,but with no quoted service number I could not be sure it was correct Ward.

    rgds baz

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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    Errol,

    Not so sure about the Croix de Guerre to George Frederick Ward.

    There is no mention of such an award to the abovenamed, here:

    Honour The Recipients Of Foreign Awards 1914-1968
    Maton,Michael
    Honiton:Token Publishing,2013.

    Col.

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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    Hi Col
    I did not see a ref to C de G either for GF Ward.

    According to airhistory.org his Medals are WO 372/20/219481

    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/rfc/fil...combined_W.txt

    I do not have access to those files.

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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    Hi all,

    his medal cards can be previewed free of charge on the TNA site:

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D5740257

    Just go to link "Preview an image of this record" and click on it.

    But I am afraid there is only Victory Medal mentioned...

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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    Thanks Pavel
    Checking into Medal Cards/Files etc - looks like any medals awarded after 1916 might not be on the WO 327 cards anyway and later medals would be on his Service Record only.

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    Default Re: Who was 'B' Flt, 63 Sqn Adjutant Feb 1940?

    Chaps I the same preview is avaiable also for the srvice rescords - but I do not know which one is the right one, I only guess the first one?

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8238563

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8238561

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