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    Default Number 1 British Flying Training School, Terrell, Texas, Volume 2

    This might interest some of you, its a big file from this interesting, US AAF focused site:

    http://aafcollection.info/index.html

    Class book for British airmen in the Royal Air Force who trained at the Kaufman County Airport in Terrell, Texas. These are British airmen who trained in the United States under a 1941 arrangement.

    68 pages; PDF (.pdf)
    Original item: Book
    Resolution: 100 dpi
    Quality: 75%
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    http://aafcollection.info/items/detail.php?key=110&pkg=ls!title!!3!title!up!20

    Good quality photos of each of the training airmen, I'll see if my will power allows me transcribe the names in due course

    Dennis
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    Thanks Dennis

    I was just browsing through the names of the RAF trainees. One name that I found on the CWGC:

    Name: BODIN, HUGH ALEXANDER ANDREW
    Initials: H A A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Nav./Bomber)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 02/09/1944
    Service No: 1050107
    Additional information: Son of the Revd. William Bodin and Elizabeth Patterson Marr Bodin, of Lochee, Dundee.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Compt. 2.B. Linn Extn. Grave 905.
    Cemetery: CATHCART CEMETERY

    Halifax LW344 of 1656 HCU

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    Thaqnks Amrit,
    if you leave me a day or two I'm trying to trawl everyone of them through CWGC, LG, Flight etc.

    185 men in the book, I got through 65 last night in a hurry!

    I'll pop it on my webpage if/when completed.

    Quite a number of them died in the service.

    Again, leave it for a few days, see how far I get.
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    Has anyone succeeded in downloading this?

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    Just a matter of seconds ago.

    Don't click on the pdf icon to the right but use the left hand side (can't remember what it's called)

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    Got it Thanks

    Methinks same helmet and jacket used for each photo!

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    Default 1 BFTS data

    Ok here is what I've done so far, if anyone is interested.

    At this link are two files
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/1bfts/

    1bftsbyname.pdf
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/1bfts/1bftsbyname.pdf

    1bftsbyoffno.pdf
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/1bfts/1bftsbyoffno.pdf

    They are self explanatory I think, but to bear in mind the following:

    Some are complete guesses and stabs in the dark, expecially with common names.
    The POW column is from Ross's list on this site
    London Gazette and CWGC are their databases.
    Flight is not comprehensively checked but I did pop in some awards where I seen them.
    LG column is the header info from the LG showing the commishioning.

    The POW column might not refer to the same airman in the other colums etc, lots of guesses there.

    So, from 185 airmen in those photos, I have found up to, and its probably way over the mark, 51 or so CWGC entries for men that did not/may not have survived the war.

    Time for some sleep I think

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    One additonal man that might be added.
    Name: FINDLAY, ALEXANDER MCGEOCH
    Initials: A M
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Air Bomber)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 49 Sqdn.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 02/11/1944
    Service No: 1556361
    Additional information: Son of George Thomson Findlay and Mabel Miller Findlay, of Knightswood, Glasgow.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 5. C. 24.
    Cemetery: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    Dennis Burke
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    J Alton - may be this one... Note Pilot and Service Number within range of others

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2734624

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    Just thinking...

    Aren't the US Immigration records for the period on line somewhere?

    Can't a cross reference check reveal the full names?

    Paul

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