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    Default Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    Hello,

    I've received a question about a Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF.

    This is what I received:
    Nick was born in 29 January 1920 in Windsor, Ontario, to James Arthur Nichols and Dorothy Beryl Cullen. Nick's father, James Arthur Nichols was born in North Oxford TWP 1889. He married Dorothy Beryl Cullon 6 August 1911.
    Nick was in the RCAF in 1940 through 1945
    Nick was a "bi-plane trainer pilot" in England.
    On 7 December 1941 Nick was recommissioned to Flight Leftenant. He was the Captain of a Lancaster Bomber.
    According to his flight log books he logged over 10,000 combat hours.
    He was involved in the bombing of Dresden, Germany, and later, in Berlin.

    However, I can't find anything on him in the London Gazett or anywhere else. Is there anyone, who has any additional info on him?

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    Default Re: Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    Håkan

    He was with 419 Squadron, maybe? Search for Nichols on this page:

    http://aircrewremembered.com/metivier-harry-alfred.html

    and a search through the 6 Bomber Group website:

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ni...4dUDCAk&uact=5

    The 419 Sqn ORB lists the names and S/Nos. of the aircraft Captains, for example December 24th 1944:

    Lancaster X KB721 B J85304 PO Nichols BA

    Might not be him of course...

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    Last edited by wwrsimon; 31st October 2021 at 11:59. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    Canada Gazette published on 17th June 1944 has an entry showing his commission as follows:-

    CAN R98318 WO1 Beverly Arthur NICHOLS (J85304) wef 01/02/44

    so it seems that the chap Simon found is your man.

    Chris
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    Default Re: Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    Hello Simon and Chris,

    Thanks for the quick help - much appreciated!

    Best regards/Håkan
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    Default Re: Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    10,000 hrs on ops? This must be an error!
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    Default Re: Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    That's four and a half hours for EVERY day of WW2!! A very seasoned Pilot?
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    Default Re: Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    Hello Franek and Resmoroh,

    Yes - 10,000 combat hours isn't possible but the question came from a family with no experience searching war records and I just took their info since I couldn't find anything on him in my poor search.
    Also, I don't know if they know the difference between combat hours and flying hours (I haven't seen the logbooks and I don't know when they starts and ends). I had a friend in the family with 31,000 hours of flyging time when he was killed in a Spitfire accident in 2010.
    It's the same with bi-plane trainer pilot, wasn't they (almost) all? But that the reason why they foud my site and asked the questions and now we probably have helped a family whith some questions on their passed realtives.

    So again, thanks for the help!

    Best regards/Håkan
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    Default Re: Beverly Arthur "Nick" Nichols RCAF

    The famous O P Jones was said to have amassed 21,600 hrs in his whole career!
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