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    Hello all, i am trying to find out any information on P/O R S Sandhu (18006) who was involved in a crash landing at 5 (P)AFU on the 12th June 1944. He was a member of 107 Intake.

    Any information welcomed!

    Cheers, Tom

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    A possible candidate?

    Name: RAJENDER SINGH SANDHU
    Nationality: Indian
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Indian Air Force
    Unit Text: 53 O.T.U.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 10/09/1944
    Service No: 2915
    Additional information: Son of Hakam Singh, of Pakhopur, Amritsar, India.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 264.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    I note that the service number is different but the IAF had their own numbers, and the one given by Tom does not correspond with any in the LG for any RAF personnel.

    Hopefully Jagan will see this post and maybe have more info

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    Yes, i had noticed him too thanks Amrit. The different service numbers had me baffled though? I too was hoping Jagan might have some input!

    The time line fits with my Sandhu though and the unit follows on from AFU, so maybe Jagan can come up with an explanation as to the difference in service numbers.

    Cheers, Tom

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    He was killed when Spitfire EP133 crashed at Crowle.

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    His father: HAKAM SINGH.
    Was the P/O's surname: RAJENDER or SINGH or SANDHU ?
    Regards,
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    Air Britain for EP133:
    118/501/504/165/308/1 TEU - SOC 25-9-1944.
    So EP133 doubtful ?
    Henk.

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    Surname is Sandhu. The conventions for Punjabi Sikh names is complicated, the surname used to be often Singh (all male sikhs have Singh in their name, females have Kaur). But for official colonial purposes another surname had to be added as way of differentiation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorne83 View Post
    Hello all, i am trying to find out any information on P/O R S Sandhu (18006) who was involved in a crash landing at 5 (P)AFU on the 12th June 1944. He was a member of 107 Intake.

    Any information welcomed!

    Cheers, Tom
    Tom,
    What do you think about 1 TEU/53 OTU and EP133 ?
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello gents, thanks for the interesting background on the name Amrit. I'm afraid i don't really have any input with regards to the accident in which Sandhu was killed. I'm still uncertain if this is the same man that was involved in an accident at 5(P)AFU?! All i know is that a death in September 1944 fits in well with him passing through (P)AFU in June 1944 (including time for recovery from injuries).

    Lets see if Jagan pops up and gives us some info!

    Cheers, Tom

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    Do you know if there were many Indian airmen in the RAF this time? Just curious, because I have a photo of an ITW flight at Newquay dated 1942 and there is a lone Indian face in it. Timing would be about right for this gentleman, if he was in active service in 1944. It would be a coincidence if he was the man in the photo but you never know.

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