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    Default Wing Commander G.M. Allcock

    I am trying to find out information about my grandfather who served with Bomber Command. He originally joined the RNZAF but transferred to the RAF before the war.

    He survived the war but I never knew him and I know very little about him. Could anyone point me in the right direction in terms of finding out more about his service history?

    Many Thanks

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    Default Gilbert Meston ALLCOCK

    welcome to the board.

    the London Gazette will list his promotions and awards:
    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/AdvancedSearch.aspx?GeoType=London

    here are some of them

    Gazette Issue 34989 published on the 12 November 1940. Page 5 of 52
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:
    Gilbert Meston ALLCOCK (36215).

    Gazette Issue 35864 published on the 12 January 1943. Page 2 of 10
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Squadron Leader Gilbert Meston ALLCOCK
    (36215), No. 214 Squadron.
    This flight commander served with a transport squadron in the Middle East and since his return to this country has taken part in a number of night sorties against Germany and Italy. - One night in December, 1942, he was detailed to attack Duisberg. While over the target area his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. During the ensuing engagement the bomber sustained damage and 3 members of the crew were wounded. Undaunted Squadron Leader Allcock continued and bombed the target. On the return flight the port inner engine
    caught fire. Despite the crippled state of his aircraft, the grave possibility of the fire spreading and with both rear guns out of action, Squadron Leader Allcock flew the bomber safely back to base. This officer's courage, determination and skill set an example of the highest order.

    Gazette Issue 36618 published on the 18 July 1944. Page 1 of 16
    Air Ministry, 21st July, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flt. Lt. to Sqn. Ldr. (.temp.), 1st July 1944:
    G. M. ALLCOCK, D.F.C. (36215).

    Gazette Issue 36726 published on the 29 September 1944. Page 1 of 8
    Air Ministry, yd October 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Transfer to reserve.
    The undermtd. (and called up for air force service):

    Flt. Lts. (temp. Sqn. Ldrs.):-
    16th Aug. 1944.
    G. M. ALLCOCK, D.F.C. (36215).

    Gazette Issue 37119 published on the 8 June 1945. Page 59 of 100
    Air Ministry, iqth June, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches:
    Acting Wing Commanders.
    G. M. ALLCOCK, D.F.C. (36215), R.A.F.O.

    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermtd. are granted the rank of Sqn. Ldr. (war subs.):
    Sqn. Ldrs. (temp.):
    1st June I945-
    G. M. ALLCOCK, D.F.C. (36215). 3rd June 1945.

    Gazette Issue 37337 published on the 2 November 1945. Page 1 of 4
    Air Ministry, 6th November, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve
    the following awards:
    Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Squadron Leader.
    Gilbert Meston ALLCOCK, D.F.C. (36215), R.A.F.O., 7 Sqn.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    The London Gazette says he also changed his name to Attwood in 1964. I'll send you the details in a Private Message, let me know if you can read that, as yoru new to the board.

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    He also gets a couple of mentions in the NZ Official history:

    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-3RAF-c2.html

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    DoDo

    As a direct descendent you should be able to obtain his service record from the RAF. Go to http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/raf.html which gives the address to which an application should be sent, and which also includes the Certificate of Kinship form that needs completion. Note that a fee is required.

    Once you (eventually) receive the record you might need some help in interpreting the entries as they are often acronyms, but that's easily resolved as there are many on this forum who are familiar with these documents.

    Dick - Reference the RAF Policeman thread I'd forgotten about the above link.

    Brian

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    Thank you. That's all really helpful.

    I can't read the private mesage but I think I might be being a bit slow on that front so I'll have a better look.

    I have managed to find that he got 2 DFCs but I have been struggling to find more information. He seems to be associated with at least 4 squadrons (75, 216, 214, 7).

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    Hi DoDo
    I can fill in some things from 214 Squadron
    He was posted there from 1651 Conversion Unit 16.10.42
    Operations:
    8/9 Dec. 42 Gardening - Deodars
    28/29 Nov.42 Turin - Fiat Works
    8/9 Dec.42 Gardening - Silverthorne VIII
    15 Dec.42 Search
    20/41 Dec.42 Duisburg
    11.11.42 promoted to rank of Acting S/L
    1.1.43 Awarded DFC
    1.29.43 posted from 1657 Conversion Unit - I believe that should read post "to" as he disappears fronm 214's ORB at that time.
    If you send me a private message with your email I can get the full details to you.
    Regards
    Dave Wallace
    Last edited by David Wallace; 6th November 2008 at 15:38.

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    DoDo,

    If you care to contact me at

    errol.martyn AT xtra.co.nz

    I can provide you with some details of his time in New Zealand and indicate where more can be found.

    Errol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amrit View Post
    He also gets a couple of mentions in the NZ Official history:

    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-3RAF-c2.html

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    DoDo,

    Note that his name actually appears in all three volumes of Thompson's 'New Zealanders with the RAF' on this site, not just Vol 3.

    Vol One - pp282-283
    Vol Two - pp47, 73
    Vol Three - pp23, 36

    Errol

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    Hello Do Do London,

    If you cannot get hold of those books Errol mentions, please contact me off line at awarculus@xtra.co.nz.

    Cheers,
    Digger (Ex Tolworth /Surbiton man)

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