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    You're right Gordon, there was an Aussie by the name of Speedie on 175 Sqn. He was F/O William Robert Speedie
    (A408531), and was posted to 175 Sqn on 25/5/44. By the time his tour was over (posted out 29/4/45), he'd completed 106 operational sorties and had become a Deputy F/Cdr. He was awarded a MID (LG 1/1/46)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMk1 View Post
    You're right Gordon, there was an Aussie by the name of Speedie on 175 Sqn. He was F/O William Robert Speedie
    (A408531), and was posted to 175 Sqn on 25/5/44. By the time his tour was over (posted out 29/4/45), he'd completed 106 operational sorties and had become a Deputy F/Cdr. He was awarded a MID (LG 1/1/46)

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    Bruce
    Hi Bruce, Speedie was in the 175 with my father James Scott. I live in Australia and have contacted his sister-in-law. Speedie and his wife are both deceased now. Dad was in the 175 from August 1943 and shot down in September 1943. He was a Kiwi. He did exactly 100 sorties and became a POW in Stalag Luft 1. There were two other Australians in the 175 with him but I haven't managed to track down their families. One was a friend of my father's but for some reason Dad didn't say his name... just "an Aussie"

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    Hi Ron,

    I have all the daily logs for the 175 squadron and do remember the name of West, I can send them all to you if you wish. What time frame was your father at the 175? My father also did empire flight training in Canada where he met my mother!

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    Gayle
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    Hello,

    Ron, Gayle and others - the Australians/RAAF with 175 Sqn RAF throughout 1944/45 include

    Thomas ‘Tom’ Hall (409993) – acting B Flt CO from Oct 44
    Brian ‘Stud’ Foley (414398)
    Douglas Gardner (420617)
    James Kennon (413209)
    Alexander Long (405415)
    Kenneth Patrick (405767)
    John Pugh (416998)
    Thomas ‘Tommy’ Rosser (404794)
    Gordon Swift (406552)
    Clifton Tucker (414278)
    Patrick White (411564)

    and Russell ‘Rusty’ Townsend (RAFVR 187921) who was an Australian in the RAF.

    Tom Hall published an excellent book titled Typhoon Warfare: Reminiscences of a Rocket Firing Typhoon Pilot – WW2. ISBN: 0-646-39676-5

    Regards, Drew

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    Hi,
    Did really J. Kennon (413209) and R.J.West (426204) fly with 175 Squadron? According the National Archives of Australia the former flew with 174 Sqn only and the latter did not fly with any operational squadron at all.

    Mojmir

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    Hi Mojmir,

    Dennis Conroy wrote a book of the 175 Squadron up to around October 1943, he was Sqn Ldr and has signed Dad's logs, he wrote the book The best of Luck in the Air Force 39-45 in which he mentions RJ West I'm sure. Either way, he provides some interesting stories on the Squadron and then the Daily Logs fill in the gaps!

    Drew, thanks for the information, I think Patrick White was one of Dad's Aussie friends, but I've been unable to trace either him or his family. I did however trace the family of Bill Speedie.

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    Gayle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmymac View Post
    Hi Guys,
    I'm very interested in any info anyone has on 175 squadron... I myself have pictures and a log book belonging to my grandfather who served with 175 squadron from '44 (starting at volkel) right up until the end of the war and would be happy to share any info/pics I have.
    Hi my grandfather was a fitter with 175 squadron at volley. I would be interested in any info you have

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    Via email:

    I knew W/O (later P/O). Webb quite well. There's a photograph doing the rounds of a few of us sawing a log. I am the one leaning on top of the log. This picture has appeared in one or two books - such as 'Typhoon Attack' and also on the front page of a London Daily now out of publication. I think it was the Daily Herald or maybe Daily Chronicle 1944. I cannot get into the RAF website so email me. I can tell you quite a lot about your grandfather. I will be 96 in November so he must be near that age.

    F/O Gordon Worsley 172114

    Jimmymac. I have forwarded Gordon's email to you via PM.

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    Hi I'm new here and am looking to find any contacts connected to 175 squadron. I am the webmaster for Newchurch Village in Kent. We are unveiling a memorial in September and I don't have anyone linked to 175 squadron attending.

    http://newchurchvillage.org/history/...ield-memorial/

    Please pass on this website to anyone who may be interested. They can contact me via the website if they prefer.

    Thank you in advance


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