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    Hello, my family knew H-E-R Merlin during ww2 (175 sq). Do you have pictures ? Who did you know of 175 Squadron ?

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    Hello, and welcome to the forum.

    He would be Edwin Harold Merlin, Service Number 700710? Or possibly Edwin Ernest Harold Merlin, according to his card on Air 78. There seems to be some doubt as to the order of his first names!

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C14084333

    He was the pilot of Hawker Typhoon 1b JP577 HH-T, which was shot down by flak near Amiens/Glisy at 17.35 on August 16th 1943. There is a photo of the crashed Typhoon on page 47 of the book 'Typhoon Wings of the 2nd TAF' by Osprey Publishing. He's also got a mention in the book '2nd Tactical Air Force, Volume Two' by Christopher Shores and Chris Thomas on page 288.

    The entries from these two book record that he joined he Resistance, became a driver for a French engineer in charge of 'Noball' site (V-1 launch sites) construction, and smuggled plans for these back to the UK. Merlin fled to Switzerland when in danger of capture, but returned to France to join the Maquis. He eventually rejoined 175 Sqn at Vitry-en-Artois on September 14th 1944, arrving at the wheel of a captured Kubelwagen, accompanied by an Alsatian dog and toting a German machine pistol. He returned to operations with 175 Sqn in the autumn.

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    Welcome, 175 Sqn
    7th Nov. 1944.
    700710 W/O Edwin Harold Robert MERLIN Cmd Plt Off RAFVR (188935).
    700710 is in Block 700698-700800 RAF British Middle East Issued from Aug-36
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    Je cherche les prénoms et le numéro:Worsley Gordon A 172114
    Henry John
    Swift Gordon B 406552
    Townsend Russell P rafvr 187921
    Geddes
    Smith
    Owen
    Varley J
    Keech
    Thirlwell B F
    Boddington
    Webb O R
    Wyper Jock
    Last edited by 175 squadron; 2nd September 2022 at 11:13.

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    Worsley Gordon Arthur 172114
    Henry John
    Swift Gordon Battley 406552
    Townsend Russell Percy rafvr 187921
    Geddes, John Ronald Greaves (1320486/175339)
    Smith
    Owen
    Varley J
    Keech
    Thirlwell B F
    Boddington
    Webb O R
    Wyper Jock


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    This may help track these three down:

    Keech - his initials are J. E. (from http://www.luftkrig1939-45.dk)

    Wyper - his initial is P. (from the ORB)

    Thirlwell - his initials are B. F. (from http://www.luftkrig1939-45.dk)

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    Hello, does anyone use one of the sites ? (foldthree, thegenealogist). If people have ORB, i'm a taker.

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    I'm only missing 3 members:
    John "Johnnie" A Henry
    "Bunny" J Owen
    John T Varley

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    W/O John Theodore VARLEY 1417113 RAFVR commissioned P/O 187922 London Gazette 02/01/1945
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...supplement/152

    W/O John Anthony HENRY 1025073 RAFVR commissioned P/O 183117 London Gazette 03/10/1944
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/4526

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    Last edited by cozzy711; 16th October 2022 at 18:45. Reason: Additional name

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