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    Hello,

    I am looking for the christian names and service number of the following Defiant pilot who was shot down on 13.05.40 and later captured while being at the hospital in Holland :

    F/L G.F.A. SKELTON

    Also the same day, another Defiant was lost, and Sgt F.D. GREENHALGH was captured. His service number is 522982. I would be grateful to anyone able to provide his christian names?

    Many thanks in advance

    Phil

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    Pop them in to the London Gazette website, get his service numbers and I take it he is:

    George Felix Allin SKELTON (29147).

    He is listed as commishioned as early as 1936.

    Greenhalgh, will need to look at this longer, but someone will probably answer soon.

    Only person I think I can find is a Frederick D Greenhalgh born in 1917 in Rochdale district, and his rank is LAC in the Flight magazine casualty listings of 1940/41.
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    I had svcnr 43849 for SKELTON (29147 his NCO number ?). He was seriously wounded admitted to the St.Theresia Hospital at Raamsdonkveer, The Netherlands, and later transferred to a German hospital. Repatriated in 1943 via the Swedish International Red Cross. (PoW Nt. L3 - 480).
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    Good one, the name exists in the full, in 1936, 1937 London Gazette entries but back then there was no service numbers printed.

    I took the number and name from 1946, when he was commmishioned to S/Ldr.

    Flight Lieutenant George Felix Allin SKELTON is transferred to the Reserve, class C. 1st June 1937.

    Gazette Issue 36618 published on the 18 July 1944
    Flt. Lt. to Sqn. Ldr. (temp.):—
    G. F. A. SKELTON (29147). 1st July 1944- (Seny. 1st Dec. 1940.)

    In flight magazines you can find:
    In a list of prisoners from German sources: dated AUGUST 29, 1940
    Flt. Lt. B. F. A. Skelton. Foxhill.- Nr. Ipswich;
    The B is as printed in the magazine.

    Air Ministry Communique No. 31.
    KILLED IN ACTION— Flt. Lt. G F A. Skelton (29147);

    Henk, the Service number you have there is for :
    26th June 1941.
    (Seniority 3oth May 1941.)
    Albert Edward SKELTON (43849).
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    Thanks Dennis; amended svcnr in file for G.F.A. SKELTON. Also found svcnr 43849 in my files: F/Lt A.E. SKELTON - 105 Sqn - Mosquito DK298, PoW 2-7-1942 (L3-480).
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