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    Default RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    Hello,
    I am interested in researching my great uncle Frederick G Maynard born 1912. He served in the RAF during WW2.

    The only information I have is that he was a wireless operator and he flew in the Blenheim aircraft. To the best of my knowledge he only flew from UK bases - rather than in North Africa or the Middle East

    After the war he would build his own wireless sets and communicate with radio enthusiasts across the world

    I'd be interested in researching Squadron Operations Books to learn more about the missions he undertook but the problem I face is that I do not know which Blenheim Squadrons he flew with

    I was hoping that Forum members with greater knowledge of RAF personnel and squadrons may be able to guide me to how to find out which squadrons Fred served with

    Very many thanks for any assistance you are able to give me

    Regards
    David

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    Default Re: RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    David, Welcome to the forum!
    Do you have his full Forenames and/or his Service Number?
    TIA
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    Default Re: RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    Thank you Peter
    Regret that I don't have a service number. I cannot be certain but I think the middle initial is G for George

    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    David, Welcome to the forum!
    Do you have his full Forenames and/or his Service Number?
    TIA
    PeterDavies

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    Default Re: RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    Only possible match in AIR 78 would be

    F G Maynard 760423

    Someone else should be able to assist with an estimate of date of enlistment.

    Chris

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    Default Re: RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    Thank you Chris -

    Just found Fred's baptism - so can confirm his name is Frederick George Maynard

    David

    Quote Originally Posted by cozzy711 View Post
    Only possible match in AIR 78 would be

    F G Maynard 760423

    Someone else should be able to assist with an estimate of date of enlistment.

    Chris

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    Default Re: RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    Chris (et al)

    Frederick George Maynard
    b. 19 Jan 1912 (MMS Wakefield) Reg Wokingham 2c 729
    6 Sep 1934 Prom: Post Office: Male Sorter, London, Frederick George Maynard. (Possible)
    9 Jan 1939 Prom: Clerical Officer. (Possible)
    Early Aug 1939 Enlisted 760423 in Block 760000-762617 RAF Civ Wireless Res issued from 01-Aug-39. AIR 78/105/7 I 22 R2C1 (Highly likely)
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    d. Q2 1987 Reg Waltham Forest 15 627 (Possible?)

    Note:-
    1 His Service Number seems to be confirmed by being Enlisted in the Civilian Wireless Reserve.
    2 He has no 'hits' for that Number in the LG.
    3 There are several 'hits' in the LG for the Name(s), but there were a significant number of Frederick George Maynards birth Reg in 1912, so cannot be certain.
    4 Advise you get his Service Record. There are many on the forum who will help with its decipherment!
    5 He would, almost certainly, have been in the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). They may have his amateur radio call/sign details, although they may try to fob you off by quoting the DPA!!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 30th May 2020 at 06:55. Reason: Add Note 5
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    Default Re: RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    Peter

    Here's another Frederick George Maynard on a family tree on ancestry.co.uk. There is a photo of him wearing what seems to be a uniform (it's cropped quite tightly).

    Born 17 Sept 1912 (MMS Kent) Reg. Whitstable
    Died 1967, Sheppey.
    Married Irene Clemence Simone Frochaux, 1935, reg. Maidstone.

    Hopefully David can clarify which it is? If indeed either, as you say there's a few...

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: RAF Blenheim Squadrons in World War Two

    Thank you very much Peter and Simon for your research.

    I confirm that the entry for Fred at Whitstable, Kent is the correct one. I have learned, this weekend from my Aunt, that Fred was a sea-scout at Whitstable and when living in Sheerness in the mid to late 1930's he was building his own wireless sets.

    From a Google search I found an entry in the "Practical and Amateur Wireless" for 1938 which lists Fred as the Hon. Secretary of the "Sheppey Amateur Radio Club"

    I have a recollection, many years ago, of being told that Uncle Fred flew from RAF Manston...but this may be more of family legend than fact!

    My Aunt mentioned that Fred was selected for officer training or was made an officer - something happened and he was broken to the ranks. She does not know what the something was ..or again if this is family legend - I don't know

    Regards
    David

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