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    Default I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or family

    Basically, this is what the title says. This book belonged to a JFL Morton. He was a Blenheim crewmember who ended up in the Stalag III camp. I searched the internet and discovered a scan of his POW postcard that he sent 9 days before the "great escape" attempt.

    I have no idea how this book ended up in the central U.S. It is titled "Aurcraft of the United States" and was distributed in the UK, in 1945.

    I am going to provide a link to the Facebook post I made about this. If it is preferable that I upload the images to a sharing site and embed them here, let me know. The Facebook post is public and viewable to everybody.

    Does anybody know a way I can contact the family to see if they would like to have this?

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...8&id=502682267

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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Excuse the typo. The title says he was a pilot. He was actually a gunner, according to what I read.

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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Missouriguy, Welcome aboard!
    Below is for starters. Come back to us if you want any explanations and/or how you can proceed from here to get more info. You can get his RAF Service Record (costs!). You can find (all in the Public Domain) details of his parents and any children of his two marriages. Somebody might know which Sqn he was on. There may be a Sqn Historian lurking somewhere in the Forum (or on the internet.)
    30 Aug 1919 b. Morton, Julian Francis Lock, (MMS Lock) Registered Edmonton(London) Vol 3a Page 985.
    27 Nov 1941 547785 Flt Sgt J F L Lock Commissioned Plt Off(p) in the RAF GD Branch (47436).
    1 Oct 1942 Plt Off(p) Promoted to Fg Off.
    27 Nov 1943 Fg Off Promoted to Flt Lt.
    Q4 1945 m. Julian Francis Lock Morton m. Doreen E Foster-Stevens Registered Edmonton 3a 2662.
    Apr 1986 m. Julian Francis Lock Morton m. Carola M Bartley Registered Surrey North Western 17 615.
    Dec 1997 d. Julian Francis Lock Morton Registered North Surrey 7571F NSF2 143.
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 10th February 2021 at 15:04. Reason: QSD
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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Hello

    His Service Nš was 47436, and he later served with 114 Squadron. He was one of the crew of Blenheim Z7430 when it was shot down on April 18th 1942, becoming a P.o.W. with the others on board.

    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=Z7430

    As the scanned images in the FB link show, he was gunner for Jack Onions DFM and Bar with 226 Sqn, and they participated on the attack on a convoy off Norderney for which Onions recieved his Bar.

    From the 226 Sqn Operational Record Book, Form 541:

    Wattisham
    July 19th 1941
    Blenheim IV Z7271 MQ-K
    Up: 13.30
    Down: 17.56 to 18.10
    Sgt. John Onions - pilot
    F/Sgt Philip Warmington - Observer
    F/Sgt J F L Morton – A/G

    Convoy N.W. of NORDERNY, 7 M/v’s escorted by flak ships were bombed at 15.32.
    Vessel of 8000 tons, grey, unladen, bombed and machine gunned, hits scored. Large column of white smoke seen. Aircraft hit by cannon shells, through nose and starboard wing trailing edge. A.G. wounded in foot. Hydraulics U/S. pilot made belly landing. 4 x 250 lb bombs, 480 rounds rear gun.

    and from the ORB Appendices:

    19/7/41
    Six aircraft set course at 13.30 hours to attack convoy off Norderney. The convoy was located in position 6 miles NW of Norderney heading SW and comprised 7 M/V’s from 2,000 to 10,000 tons guarded by 4 – 6 flak ships. The attack was made by 4 A/C Y section across beam coming in from the NE and 4 A/C Z section attacking from the S. The two sections appeared over the convoy simultaneously. The attack was a surprise and no flak was encountered before bombing but 2 A/C were hit. LGR 955 being hit by shell on root of starboard wing at trailing edge, which rendered the hydraulic gear U/S and wounded the A/G in the leg. This aircraft made a successful belly landing at base. Generally bombing results were successful, and all aircraft bombed ships and landed at base between 17.56 and 18.10 hours.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 10th February 2021 at 15:50. Reason: added Onions refs
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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    His squadron was 226. That information is available on the internet. Where to find ancestors isn't as apparent. I know how to find such information in the USA, but not in the UK.

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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Quote Originally Posted by missouriguy View Post
    His squadron was 226. That information is available on the internet. Where to find ancestors isn't as apparent. I know how to find such information in the USA, but not in the UK.
    ...yes, and later his Squadron was 114.

    He's on several family trees on ancestry.co.uk. If you want me to contact one of them on your behalf, just let me know.

    Regards

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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    ...yes, and later his Squadron was 114.

    He's on several family trees on ancestry.co.uk. If you want me to contact one of them on your behalf, just let me know.

    Regards

    Simon
    Yes! This would be immensely helpful!

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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    ...yes, and later his Squadron was 114.

    He's on several family trees on ancestry.co.uk. If you want me to contact one of them on your behalf, just let me know.

    Regards

    Simon
    Also, do you see any photographs of him? I found some of his crew mates, but none of him.

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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Hi again Matt

    Sorry, no photos, but I've messaged one person who has him on their family tree, and who was online today. I've given them the link to this thread, and let them know that you posted a FB link too.

    Regards

    Simon
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    Default Re: I have a book that belonged to a 226 Squadron Pilot - Trying to locate him or fam

    Matt (et al)
    Julian Francis Lock Morton had 4 brothers.
    He married twice. No progeny, that I can find, from the second marriage. But a son – Nicholas D Morton – from the first marriage.
    This latter seems to have married a number of times!!! I haven’t chased any progeny – but the search should prove interesting for you!
    I haven’t posted names as some may still be living. They are all in the Public Domain on FREEBMD. Good luck!!
    HTH
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