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    Default Samuel A Crichton

    im trying to find out any information on Samuel A Crichton 1917-2007 service number 1172721.
    I know he was in the 609 squadron and based at biggin hill for part of his service.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Samuel A Crichton

    Best wishes with your research and enjoy the forum.

    If you have any more information at all, for example, likely period of service with 609 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force, etc that might help.

    From his service no, (assuming name and no correct) Samuel A Crichton 1172721 entered the RAFVR (the usual war-time Air Force enlistment being to the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) as an airman, not too long after April 1940 at Cardington - mathematically, perhaps in July 1940. There's a list of Service nos for airmen here
    http://www.rafcommands.com/reference...rvice-numbers/

    A check at the National Archives of the AIR 78 Index Roll of airmen etc
    (as noted here: http://www.rafcommands.com/reference...ervice-number/)
    brings up this index list https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C15623934
    where image 220 of 290 finds his full name and service no:
    Samuel Arthur Crichton 1172721

    It appears, from a search of the London Gazette online (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/), that he served in the RAFVR throughout as an airman or NCO (had he been commissioned, there would be a Gazette notification showing his appointment from the ranks, with that service no, to Officer -Pilot Officer on probation, most likely- with new service no).

    609 Squadron was based at Biggin Hill for several periods, roughly Feb-Jul 41, Sep-Nov 41, Sep 42 -Nov 42.
    At UK National Archives, digitised images of RAF Squadron Operations Record Books, both the Form 540 Summary of Events and Form 541 Record of Events, compiled monthly, are available to view or download, no charge at present. It is possible that he may be shown there, if aircrew/pilot, most likely in the Form 541s
    See 609 Squadron Operations Record Book pages listing here:
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...e/r/h/C2504743

    If you are next of kin, or have next of kin permission, you can reqest a copy of his RAF Record of Service, the double-sided A3 Form 543, at a cost of 30 pounds.
    Very condensed, sometimes sparse, sometimes much fascinating detail - which you may need further help to unravel the acronyms etc.
    Follow the notes and forms details as shown here:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-...vice-personnel

    An alternative is to ask the 609 Squadron Association, site here:
    https://www.609wrsquadron.co.uk/
    Last edited by Don Clark; 28th January 2023 at 19:37. Reason: layout titivation
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    Default Re: Samuel A Crichton

    Samuel Arthur Crichton
    1172721 1940 Royal Air Force

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    Default Re: Samuel A Crichton

    RAFVR in 1940?
    Last edited by Don Clark; 28th January 2023 at 19:39.
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    Default Re: Samuel A Crichton

    Hi Don

    Almost all Wartime (WW2) recruits into the RAF during WW2 were into the RAFVR - it was the norm - it was an easy way to differentiate between Regular pre war service personnel and 'hostilities only' wartime personnel.
    This is the reason why we see reference to the 'Reconstituted RAFVR' in LG entries post WW2 when the RAFVR reverted to part time status.

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    Default Re: Samuel A Crichton

    Thank you, yes, I'm aware of that: hence the detail in my post #2 above:
    "entered the RAFVR (the usual war-time Air Force enlistment being to the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve)"

    But Paul's post #3 refers to "Royal Air Force" however not RAFVR, so I was asking about that...
    thinking the original enquirer, who seems to be less familar with this sort of service detail, might be puzzled as to RAF or RAFVR.

    I see now that chalice1988 did revisit the board at 0300 this am UK time and this thread, so presumably has seen both #2 and #3, but without comment...
    Last edited by Don Clark; 28th January 2023 at 21:52.
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    Default Re: Samuel A Crichton

    Apologies Don - I misunderstood the question mark :)

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    Default Re: Samuel A Crichton

    Thanks, bvs, quite OK - uncharacteristically brief of me!

    Who knows what chalice1988 made of the sources and info gathered for them...
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