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    Default Flt Sgt Vijendra KUMAR (1179582) - Halifax LV882 -

    I found another Indian Origin name - Vijendra Kumar lost with No.10 Squadron in Halifax LV882

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=LV882

    Flight Sergeant Vijendra KUMAR (1179582) Pilot Halifax BIII LV882 IBCC


    Google searches are not really bringing up much about him.

    1. Any photographs of him?
    2. Any family records / migration records? - The CWGC page do not have any parental information and i suspect he might have been an expat indian in the UK at that time.


    Any other data/information that might help.

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    Default Re: Flt Sgt Vijendra KUMAR (1179582) - Halifax LV882 -

    Jagan, Hi,

    Vijendra KUMAR
    b. 1914 loc not known
    16 Jan 1932 dep London for Bombay aboard the Strathnaver. Student. Aged 18.
    July 1940(?) Enlisted 1179582 in Block 1150001-1250000 RAFVR Cardington 01-Apr-40 to 31-Mar-41. Aged 26. TNA AIR 78/93/2 Image 4 R4C2 (Note Forename spelt as ‘Vizendra’).
    d. 3 Jun 1944

    Jagan, Note there are a significant number of names with Indian origins around that TNA ref! A Nameological ‘gold-mine'!

    HTH
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    Default Re: Flt Sgt Vijendra KUMAR (1179582) - Halifax LV882 -

    Jagan,

    You will find a crystal-clear photograph of Sgt Vijendra Kumar on page 162 of the following publication:

    From Brooklands to Brize A Centennial History of No 10 Squadron Royal Air Force
    Macmillan,Ian & Richard King.
    N.P.:The 10 Squadron Association,2015

    The photo caption reads:

    Left: Sgt Vijendra Kumar, shown here with his mother Chandra, was the captain of Mk 3 Halifax LV882, which crashed near the villages of Hermeray and Raizeux, France on 3 June 1944. All but Sgt Alec Hunter, the WOP who escaped, were killed. Sgt Kumar and A/B Fg Off C. D. Taylor are buried in Hermeray. Nav, Fg Off E. Heyworth, F/E Sgt J. Archer, M/U Gnr Sgt T. Blacklock & T/G G. O'Leary are buried at St Desir, near Caen. The crew had only flown one previous Squadron mission which was on the night before they were lost. They had only joined the Squadron in May 1944.

    Col.

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    Default Re: Flt Sgt Vijendra KUMAR (1179582) - Halifax LV882 -

    Col. Thanks for that reference.

    Pete, I have to look those up. this one stood out as a CWGC loss.

    I had used this shortcut for the AIR78 search https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/collections/170/royal-air-force-nominal-index-of-airmen-and-airwomen-1918-to-1975 this link to quickly look up the 'Kumars' and only one or two stood out from pre-1945. Vizendra was an easy pick as a CWGC record.

    I am yet to manually eye-ball the AIR78s and follow up on each one of those guys..

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