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    Hello everyone,
    Please could someone help with this one.
    S/L Maurice Edward Blackstone VR72257 enlisted in 1938 and commissioned on 31-5-38. 3-12-39- F/O, 6-4-41 -F/Lt, 3-7-42 - S/L.
    He was with 130 sqn in April,1943 and led 165 sqn from Jan, 1944 to Dec, 1944.
    Awarded DFC on 17-4-45 for leading 165 sqn.
    I wish to know his postings from 1938 to 1943 and importantly what was his nationality and where did he live please.
    Regards and thanks,
    Roy

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    Roy,

    S/L Blackstone was injured when Hasting WD478 RAF Manby crashed 19/3/1951. He died from his injuries 23/3/1951. According to www.forcesmemorial.org.uk he was born 26-4-1919 Westcliff on Sea, Essex. He was buried at Petersfield Cemetery, Hampshire.

    I also have a note that then W/C M.E Blackstone D.F.C was awarded the Norwegian Freedom Medal. I presume he was involved with the post war liberation of Norway.

    Mark

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    Hi Mark
    Many thanks for a most surprising answer.
    Just before this happened he was awarded the AFC on 8-6-50.
    He represented Boscombe Down in a RAF boxing tournament fighting at middleweight on 25-11-48.
    Thanks for your response and hopefully we shall learn where he was posted in 1938/43
    Roy

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    Hello Roy,

    The following might be of interest:-

    Casualties 15/16th February 1941

    2 FTS* Oxford V3244
    Damaged by Intruder at Cranwell.

    F/O. Blackstone and crew safe.

    See:
    Air War 1941:The Turning Point Part 1.
    Foreman,John.
    Walton on Thames:Air Research Pubs.,April,1994(2nd.imp).
    pp.147-8


    16/2/41 Oxford I V3244 of 2 FIS*
    Damaged but landed safely at Fulbeck, Lincolnshire.

    F/O. M.E.Blackstone - safe
    P/O. E.J.R.Blezzard - safe

    See:
    Intruders over Britain:The Story of the Luftwaffe's night intruder force - the Fernnachtjager.
    Parry,Simon.
    Surbiton:Air Research Pubs.,1987.
    pp.41 & 174.

    * Note variation in unit, not sure which is correct - Oxford I V3244 RAFC/2 FIS/2 FTS.

    Regards,
    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th January 2009 at 22:51. Reason: Redundant info

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    Hi everyone
    Thanks for all the info Mark and you are my hero Col.
    Regards,
    Roy

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    Roy,

    'Stone the crows, Cobber! Break it down, someone might hear ya'.

    Col.

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