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    Hello All,
    I have been investigating (on what will be a very large s/sheet!!) the RAFVR Pilots Number Block (740000-759999, highest issued 759361).
    There are a number of anomalies. These are mostly name spelling difference between the LG, FREEBMD, and various written accounts. Most of these anomalies can be resolved with a bit of hard work on the internet!
    One, however, caused me to smile. I hope it makes you do likewise.
    It concerns a John Francis Mordaunt.
    Now our John Mordaunt appears in the RAFVR Pilots list with the number 741138. He has no professional post-nominal letters after his name. He appears to have been born on 7 Mar 1916 (location not known). He must have done some (flying?) training? The next I find is that he is Commissioned Plt Off (106680) on 4 Jul 1941, but in the Dental Branch!!!!! (still no post-nominal letters!).
    I thought that was a fairly unusual career path for an RAF “washed out” u/t pilot?!!!
    However, he is shortly promoted Fg Off – and by this time he has LDS after his name (Licensure in Dental Surgery). So, he’s a dentist.
    The detail of all this would be fascinating. Did he fail hi LDS Finals and volunteer for the RAFVR to avoid being conscripted into the “brutal and licentious” soldiery? Was he a good RAF Fang Farrier? Where did he go?
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    PS Have a care! A rellie of his – Penny Mordaunt – is a very senior political person in the UK Parliament !!
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    1963 Dentists Register

    26401 Mordaunt , John Francis
    42 New Cavendish Street London W1
    Qualified April 21 1941
    LDS Royal College of Surgeons Eng 1941

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    Peter

    The birth of
    John Francis Mordaunt

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...ry-eve-fairfax

    Paul

    But John Francis Mordaunt seemed destined for tragedy. In 1964 he, his wife and their elder daughter died in a plane crash at Innsbruck



    MORDAUNT John Francis of Flat 64 Rivemead Coutrt Ranleigh
    Gardens London S.W.6 died 29 February 1964 at Tulfes
    near Innsbruck Austria Probate London 10 April to
    Louis Courts solicitor and Harry Barr painter.


    This is the plane crash

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis...s_Flight_802/6

    29 February 1964, British Eagle International Airlines Flight 802/6 crashed into the Glungezer mountain near Innsbruck, Austria. The aircraft, a Bristol Britannia registered G-AOVO,
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 25th November 2022 at 08:18.

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    Peter emailed you front page Fulham Chronicle - Friday 06 March 1964 covers him is you aol.com account still valid ?

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