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    Default Flying Officer Peter James Spellman - 182 Squadron

    I wonder if anyone can help me.

    Iíve done a lot of research on my Uncle, Flight Engineer Peter Ager who died on 17th June 1944 (His story is at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/15/a8510915.shtml).

    A Dutch guy has kindly assisted me in my research and I have agreed to help him try and find out a little more about the above airman. He is writing a book about the Dutch resistance who helped F/O Spellman escape and believes that his Typhoon crashed at the time of Market Garden in September 1944.

    I do have his service number (152252) but donít think I can get hold of his service record because I am not related? Obviously, if he is still alive, the best possible outcome would be to trace him and I have even tried Genes Reunited, but without success.

    Does anyone have any information, or any good ideas on where I might start to look ? Iíd add that when researching my uncle, I found it reasonably straightforward ; partly because he was KIA, partly because I could get hold of his Service Record and also because he flew with a Canadian Halifax squadron and I was able to obtain a lot of information from the fantastic 6 Group website.

    With F/O Spellman, none of those factors apply so any assistance would be much appreciated.

    Thanks, Nick

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    Nick,

    Fighter Command Losses Volume 3 losses 1944-1945 Norman L Franks

    11/9/1944

    182 Sqn Typhoon 1b MN472-Z

    F/O P.J SPELLMAN Evaded

    Shot down by fighter, Breda-Dordrecht area

    Nick under modern disclosure rules anyone can apply for basic service information. The information you should receive is date and place of birth, date of enlistment and discharge with final rank.

    Mark

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    Default Flying Officer Peter James Spellman

    Hi Mark and thanks very much for that....Nick

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    Default Peter James Spellman

    Hi Nick,

    If it's not too late I may have some information for you. My late uncle Peter was Squadron Leader Peter James Spellman DFC who was shot down over occupied Holland in autumn 1944 and spent 56 days behind enemy lines in the hands of the Dutch resistance. I would certainly like to hear from your Dutch contact if he's writing a book about this incident.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Alan J Chappell.

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    Not much need after Alans posting, but Flight archives for 9th Auguat 1945 note his award of a DFC http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1945/1945%20-%201584.html

    Hope you don't mind sharing any memoirs with us!!

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    Nick,

    On 29 May, 1944, F/O P J Spellman damaged No.175 Sqn Typhoon JR534 HH-Y, in a landing accident at Holmsley South.

    On 30 March, 1945, F/O Spellman, in No.182 Sqn Typhoon IB RB505, was hit by flak and force-landed north-west of Wettringen.

    See: The Typhoon & Tempest Story/Thomas & Shores. pp.202 & 210

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 22nd April 2010 at 10:32. Reason: Correction of Typhoon serial - from RB805 to RB505.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan J Chappell View Post
    Hi Nick,

    If it's not too late I may have some information for you. My late uncle Peter was Squadron Leader Peter James Spellman DFC who was shot down over occupied Holland in autumn 1944 and spent 56 days behind enemy lines in the hands of the Dutch resistance. I would certainly like to hear from your Dutch contact if he's writing a book about this incident.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Alan J Chappell.
    Nick/Alan

    Having linked with the family of the New Zealander that I am researching I know how great it is to get extra information that you didnt have before..

    Dee

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    Col,
    SPELLMAN's Typhoon 30-3-1945 was RB505 (not RB805).
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Right you are! Both refs that I used quote, RB505. Apologies. (Now corrected, with explanatory note).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 22nd April 2010 at 10:30.

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    Default Re: Peter James Spellman

    Hello Alan - and anyone else with Typhoon squadron connections who may read this!

    I've recently returned from Normandy where I sought out the Typhoon memorial site at the Typhoon Entente Cordial Trust at Noyers Bocage, and tracked down the location of the airfield where 182 Squadron was located, at Advanced Airfield B6. Coulombs, Calvados, near to Bayeux Ė along with 181, 247 and 137 sqns.

    My dad was there in 182 (Leslie Tanner) - he died about 35 years ago, and sadly never got to see these locations again for himself. He was a member of the ground crew, not a pilot, and didn't really ever tell me much about his experiences - and of course I regret never really pushing him to tell me more about the actual experience, rather than just about where he was stationed, so feel that kind of 'void' in my heritage! He actually features in the photo of guys working on the Typhoon at the Noyers Bocage memorial, etched onto the granite. Really sad he never got to see that - or even the original photograph that my brother discovered some years ago in book.

    I know it's a very long shot now, given what must be the ages of any of his comrades of that time, but worth a shot, if not the actual people but their families who may have any records or memorabilias of that time who may be able to throw some light on dad's time with 182sqn.

    Anthing like diary notes, RAF documentation to take a look at, or get a photo of, etc. Whether there's any mention of my dad or not, just records of the Squadron's activities would be super, no matter how trivial.

    Thanks in anticipation - and a lot of Hope!

    Best Regards

    Greg
    Greg Tanner



    Quote Originally Posted by Alan J Chappell View Post
    Hi Nick,

    If it's not too late I may have some information for you. My late uncle Peter was Squadron Leader Peter James Spellman DFC who was shot down over occupied Holland in autumn 1944 and spent 56 days behind enemy lines in the hands of the Dutch resistance. I would certainly like to hear from your Dutch contact if he's writing a book about this incident.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Alan J Chappell.

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