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    Hello All Ė Problem.
    As an exercise Iím trying to populate parts of the 740000-759999 RAFVR Pilots Block to see if any patterns appear. There are some anomalies (not surprising!).
    But please see:-

    The London Gazette 9 December 1941 Issue:35373 Page:7001
    DENTAL BRANCH.
    740462 Sgt. Basil Laurence ROBINSON (109940) to be Flg. Off. on prob. (emergency). 29th Aug.
    1941. (Seny. 22nd July, 1941.)


    Now Sgt Robinsonís non-Comm Service Number is right in the middle of the RAFVR Pilots Block! Moreover, he is not given an LDS. So, personally, I would not like him taking a spanner to my molars Ė or being a Driver, Airframe, in any plane I was pax in!!!!
    There is probably a simple explanation to this. But I canít see it!!
    Any clues??
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    Peter

    Possibly the same chap? A Basil Lawrence Robinson's wedding was reported in the Penrith Observer of October 24th 1939.

    He married a local girl at Keswick and is reported as 'Sergt-Pilot Basil Lawrence Robinson, R.A.F., son of the late Mr. Robinson and of Mrs. Robinson, of Peitermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.'

    Regards

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    The block started in 1937 but the Commission date of 1941 suggests a Dental qualification around that time.

    I would tend to go with a bod who joined the RAFVR prewar with airmind and was enrolled as pilot u/t - but as it was pre war it was part time not full time.

    Would have continued his studies and on gaining Dental qualification rather than move to Group M was commissioned to F/O on LDS.

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    Ross,
    Devious - but I had thought along those lines myself. Depends where he was when taking his LDS finals! If there was a training airfield nearby then I would bet some of your money on that being a possibility! But Simon's "Sergt-Pilot" seems to indicate which choice he took? Did he get "washed-out" somewhere and reverted to a Fang Fernangler??
    Tks yr interest (there's a few more like this!). And where is the list of non-Comm Pilots interrogable by Service Number?
    Keeps me off the Streets!!
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    UK and Ireland, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 for Basil L Robinson
    Southampton, England
    1937
    Feb

    Name: Basil L Robinson
    Arrival Age: 23
    Birth Date: abt 1914
    Port of Departure: Durban, South Africa
    Arrival Date: 22 Feb 1937
    Port of Arrival: Southampton, England
    Ports of Voyage: Durban [Natal]; East London; Port Elizabeth; Cape Town and Madeira
    Ship Name: Balmoral Castle
    Shipping Line: Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company Ltd



    Robinson Basil L - Medical Student



    Basil Laurence Robinson
    Principal
    South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004
    Baptism 27 July 1913
    Greyville, Durban, Natal, South Africa
    ParentsWilliam Robinson, Maud Beatrice Laetitia Robinson
    Born 29 June 1913

    Stayed in Cumbria

    Name
    Basil Laurence Robinson
    Birth
    29 Jun 1913
    Death
    May 1993 Cockermouth, Cumbria, England
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    Google is your friend

    http://www.derwentfells.com/pdfs/sou...scriptions.pdf

    MEMORIAL AND MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AT ST. CUTHBERT'S CHURCH AND CHURCHYARD
    Church of England Parish of Lorton. Cumbria


    11. The/ clock in the tower/ given by his family/ in loving memory of/ Basil Laurence Robinson/ 1914-
    1993

    So we looking at around Edinburgh for his training

    The Dentists Register
    1971 ∑ ‎

    26318
    Robinson Basil Laurence
    Woodlands, Rogerscale. Cockermouth,
    Cumberland
    1941 Aug.
    L.D.S. R.C.S. Edin.. 1941

    Ross was spot on with date"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    Ross,
    But Simon's "Sergt-Pilot" seems to indicate which choice he took? Did he get "washed-out" somewhere and reverted to a Fang Fernangler??

    Peter Davies
    Hi Peter
    I believe that pre war VR U/T pilots were given the rank of Sgt as soon as they joined,I have just checked in Tom Neil's autobio 'Fighter in my sights' - He was attested in oct 1938 - he was an LAC for 2 days and then promoted sergeant (before he had even flown - he had never been near an a/c).

    regards baz

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