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    Default 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    Has anyone any information about 940035 or 3013287 Reginald Tarry?

    He may have been a rear gunner on heavy bombers at some point.
    He parachuted out at some time just after his crew crossed the channel and had a Caterpillar broach (I've contacted the CC).
    If I have the right number then he was early doors at Cardington in 1939 and his card has a big "F" in a circle on it.
    He was listed as a Tin Smith on the 1939 register.
    If he was a reserved occupation then his RAF number would have been 3013287 May 1943 onwards ATC Cadets at Padgate, most likely on to gunnery school?

    Thanks in advance...

    Andrew
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    626 Sqd Pilot F/S Stewart Jacques 1432964 PoW 2133 Shotup DV171 Crash Landed JB595 15/1/44 RIP 1993. Crew: Nav Sgt G C Farran 1512473 injured Branuschweig returned S.S.Gripsolm; F/E Sgt Alfred Arthur Phillips 1583796 RIP Berlin; B/A F/S J G Morton 1335893 PoW 1619 RIP 1997; WOp Sgt Frank Seddon 1536326 PoW 1469; M/U Sgt John Edward Holford 3050007 PoW 1465 RIP 26/3/2013; R/G Sgt Daniel Conolly O'Donnell 1061941 injured Branuschweig returned Letitia; M/U to 3/1/1943 Sgt A A Fletcher 1573497

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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    TOWCESTER WEDDING The wedding took place at Towcester Parish Church on Saturday Corporal Reginald Tarry, R.A.F. youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. H- Tarry, of Potterspury, and Miss Vfera Constance Asplin, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C Asplin. of- Greens Norton-road Towcester. The bride was given away by her father, who is sergeant in the Home Guard. Miss Myra Asplin (sister of the bride) and Miss Barbara Brooker (niece of the bride) were bridesmaids. Mr. G. Tarry brother of the bridegroom, was best man. The ceremony wasconducted the vicar the Rev. G. H. Roper..

    Published: Friday 08 May 1942
    Newspaper: Northampton Mercury
    County: Northamptonshire, England

    I would suggest 940035 based on the above and date

    935000 to 964999 Sep-39 Cardington

    Birth 16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England
    Death Jan 1979 Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    Paul,
    that's a great find, thank you.
    I hope the Caterpillar Club can find him if the story is true!

    Andrew
    626 Sqd Pilot F/S Stewart Jacques 1432964 PoW 2133 Shotup DV171 Crash Landed JB595 15/1/44 RIP 1993. Crew: Nav Sgt G C Farran 1512473 injured Branuschweig returned S.S.Gripsolm; F/E Sgt Alfred Arthur Phillips 1583796 RIP Berlin; B/A F/S J G Morton 1335893 PoW 1619 RIP 1997; WOp Sgt Frank Seddon 1536326 PoW 1469; M/U Sgt John Edward Holford 3050007 PoW 1465 RIP 26/3/2013; R/G Sgt Daniel Conolly O'Donnell 1061941 injured Branuschweig returned Letitia; M/U to 3/1/1943 Sgt A A Fletcher 1573497

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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    If he joined up in 1939 and was a corporal in 1942 does that add up for air crew?
    626 Sqd Pilot F/S Stewart Jacques 1432964 PoW 2133 Shotup DV171 Crash Landed JB595 15/1/44 RIP 1993. Crew: Nav Sgt G C Farran 1512473 injured Branuschweig returned S.S.Gripsolm; F/E Sgt Alfred Arthur Phillips 1583796 RIP Berlin; B/A F/S J G Morton 1335893 PoW 1619 RIP 1997; WOp Sgt Frank Seddon 1536326 PoW 1469; M/U Sgt John Edward Holford 3050007 PoW 1465 RIP 26/3/2013; R/G Sgt Daniel Conolly O'Donnell 1061941 injured Branuschweig returned Letitia; M/U to 3/1/1943 Sgt A A Fletcher 1573497

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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    No it does not add up - he would have been Sgt for aircrew by 1942

    HOWEVER = It does not preclude him re-mustering to aircrew position later after 1942 - of all aircrew trades gunner had the least 'training involved' - or he could have been a passenger in the aircraft

    So out of interest what is back story....

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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    There is no back story per se. My uncle remembers him (it's his uncle) at the age of 6/7 having a Caterpillar badge and being told he got it for using a parachute during ww2.

    So I was wondering if I could find out if it was true and how did it happen?
    Did ground crew go on sorties when they should not have?
    626 Sqd Pilot F/S Stewart Jacques 1432964 PoW 2133 Shotup DV171 Crash Landed JB595 15/1/44 RIP 1993. Crew: Nav Sgt G C Farran 1512473 injured Branuschweig returned S.S.Gripsolm; F/E Sgt Alfred Arthur Phillips 1583796 RIP Berlin; B/A F/S J G Morton 1335893 PoW 1619 RIP 1997; WOp Sgt Frank Seddon 1536326 PoW 1469; M/U Sgt John Edward Holford 3050007 PoW 1465 RIP 26/3/2013; R/G Sgt Daniel Conolly O'Donnell 1061941 injured Branuschweig returned Letitia; M/U to 3/1/1943 Sgt A A Fletcher 1573497

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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    "Did ground crew go on sorties when they should not have?"

    Yes - In fact a number of ground crew and at least 1 WAAF went on sorties when they should not have done

    As a family member the CC should be able to check the files and confirm the details = if you do can you please post here?

    Ground crew often went on test flights or air experience flights - and these could end in disaster so requiring a jump - my gut feeling on this is that this story rings true = If I was going to fake a claim to a parachute jump - i could easily make the claim but a caterpillar badge is physical evidence and would require such as an application letter to the CC - which should be in their archives

    Basically if I was going to make up a war story it would not be this one
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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    I have had a holding response from CC until they can check the physical register for me.
    I will post up once I have more information.

    Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
    626 Sqd Pilot F/S Stewart Jacques 1432964 PoW 2133 Shotup DV171 Crash Landed JB595 15/1/44 RIP 1993. Crew: Nav Sgt G C Farran 1512473 injured Branuschweig returned S.S.Gripsolm; F/E Sgt Alfred Arthur Phillips 1583796 RIP Berlin; B/A F/S J G Morton 1335893 PoW 1619 RIP 1997; WOp Sgt Frank Seddon 1536326 PoW 1469; M/U Sgt John Edward Holford 3050007 PoW 1465 RIP 26/3/2013; R/G Sgt Daniel Conolly O'Donnell 1061941 injured Branuschweig returned Letitia; M/U to 3/1/1943 Sgt A A Fletcher 1573497

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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    "Did ground crew go on sorties when they should not have?"

    Yes….and at least 1 WAAF went on sorties when they should not have done…l
    Do tell us more!

    Jim

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    Default Re: 940035 Reginald Tarry B:16 Mar 1918 Potterspury, Northamptonshire, England

    Hello All,
    She was:-
    2040538 Sgt Olive Mary Morse, WAAF (Met Branch).
    b. Q4 1918 Reg Braintree 4a 1148
    d. 14 Sep 1943 Reg Buckrose(Bridlington) 9d 1947. Halifax LW246 158 Sqn Lissett. Port wing detached in flight returning to Lissett after a fighter affil exercise, and 'local flying'.
    bur. All Saints Churchyard, Witham, Essex.
    HTH
    Peter Davies (from Lyffe's book).
    RESearch into Met Offfice Roll Of Honour
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