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    Default Sgt N Peiris. 130 sqn, Ballhalbert. NI.

    Hello everyone,
    You are my last hope to ID Sgt N Peiris. He was with 130 sqn 'A' Flt at Ballyhalbert, NI, in June, 1943, most of the peroid flying Spitfire Vb, W3314, PJ-F.
    His name possibly suggests he was from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), or could it be Free French?
    I have no service number or first name.
    Any help on this pilot would be gratefully received,
    Thanks Roy

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    Hello Roy,

    From the CWGC Site , the three with the same sir name are all from Ceylon.
    So chances are that he was also.

    Alex

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    Roy, Hi,
    There's quite of lot of Googled 'Peiris's' (including a formative Family History site) - might have some use?
    As an aside - and for Ceylonese RAF operating in Northern Ireland - I was in the Met Office at RAF Odiham when Sqn Ldr Situaniaka (a Flight Commander) of 72 Sqn breezed in and announced that MoD(Air) were absolutely brilliant (not something, you understand, that was said lightly!!!). "Situ" was to command the first lot of 72 Sqn Wessex's (or should it be Wessi?) to go to N Ireland (in whatever round of "The Troubles" was going on at the time.) He said "How can a black Ceylonese Buddhist be accused of favouring one side , or the other?". The "Politically Correct Police" might have had him in for questioning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Hello Alex and Peter
    Yes the 3 CWGC are Army men, though one has Ceylon connections.
    Having checked Google there seems to be a lot of Peiris about. I will try the local 'Times' newspaper to see if anyone remembers him.
    The 130 sqn ORB was quite detailed, alas I have no details either before or after June,43to Peiris's postings.
    Glad it took you back Peter to times long ago. That was the time you sent weather ballons up.
    Thanks, Roy

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    Hello Roy,
    Two are Merchant Navy and one Army.
    The two Merchant ones - one has note re Celyon the other does not, Both are haveTower Hill.
    The third also has a note re Celyon.
    This may help or not but one has a note to the effect that he was also known as PERIS.

    Also there is one PERIS an Australian.
    Alex
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    Thanks Alex
    Every little helps, hopefully something will turn up. If so I will post it.
    In 1943 was there a Ceylon Air Force in existance, in any form?
    Thanks, Roy

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    Hello Roy,
    Royal Ceylon Air Force started I think with Chipmunks Oxfords and Balliots in the 1950's.
    Alex

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    Thanks Alex for that. I will seeif I can get some info on the Royal Ceylon AF.
    At present I am having problems with the PC.
    Roy

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    Hi Roy,

    you are maybe looking for my granddad...
    He was from Sri Lanka, former Ceylon, and flying a Spitfire during WWII. His name is Stan Alexander Noel Peiris.

    Why are you looking for Sgt. Peiris?

    regards,

    Andy Peiris

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    Hello Andy,
    Many thanks for responding to my appeal of your grand father. I am interested in him as he flew a locally donated Spitfire from my home county. He was only one of a few pilots fron Ceylon in the RAF.
    I have some information on his RAF training through 5 ITW, 18 EFTS, 22 EFTS, 3 PPP, SFTS RAF College, 57 OTU.
    I cannot find anything on him after 29-6-43 on 130 sqn, so any information through to the end of the war and when did he return to Ceylon.
    Thank you,
    Roy

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