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    Default F/O James Edward Cole VR 143905

    Hello everyone,
    This Spitfire pilot enlisted at Uxbridge in 1939.
    Was with 145 sqn at Tangmere until 11-5-41 when he was posted to 74 sqn at Gravesend.
    He was posted from the 'Tigers' on 26-6-41, still as a Sgt.
    He later went from W/O to P/O to F/O by 1943.
    That is as much as I can find on him.
    Could anyone please add any other postings and dates please.
    Thanks,
    Roy

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    Default Jim Cole Battle of Britian Vet

    Thnaks for the posting Jim Cole was my Step father. i would like any further info you have. He related many warstories to me as a kid. his nephew Brian Fisher has his old scrap book. I would love to locate Brian and get a look at the book again.
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    Default F/O J E Cole

    Hello Cort,
    Well this is a surprise, I posted this 2 years ago and had no response. Since then I have found very little on your stepfather.
    I do know he trained with 57 OTU at Hawarden on Spitfire I and Masters in March, 1941 before going to his first operational squadron.
    Perhaps you can tell me where Jim was born and where did he live, and bithday please.
    After June 1941 I cannot find an postings, and help would be appreceated.
    Thank you,
    Roy

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    Hi Roy,

    74 sqdn ORB lists Sgt Cole leaving to Gravesend on June 26 - perhaps the Station Flight ?

    Ian

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    Thanks for that Ian, this is as far as I can find him though he was promoted to W/O then commissioned through P/O and then F/O. However this period of his service is a blank.
    Cort titles Jim as a BoB veteran, but I have his first posting to 266 sqn on 24-4-41.
    Thanks,
    Roy

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    A couple of entries from the London Gazette that may shed some light:
    NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES EDWARD COLE, Flying Officer, Royal Air Force, now stationed at Locking in the county of Somerset, a natural born British subject, intends after the expiration of twenty-one days from the date of publication of this notice, to assume and adopt the additional Christian name of Christopher, and to assume the surname of Kernick-Cole in lieu of and in substitution for his present surname of Cole.
    A. G. B. RUSSELL, Lancaster Herald, The College of Arms, London, E.C-4.
    LG36425 dated 14 Mar 44

    Air Ministry, 16th March, 1945.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flg. Off. to Flt. Lt. (war subs.):
    10th Feb. 1945.
    J. E. C. KERNICK-COLE (143905).
    Third Supplement (LG36985 dated 16 Mar 45) to LG dated 13 Mar 45
    Regards, Terry

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    Default JEC Kernick-Cole

    Hello Terry,
    Thats a splendid piece of work, thank you.
    So in March 1944 he was staioned at Locking, Somerset. I can find 2 units that were there around this date, 116 sqn had a detatchment there using Ansons on calibration work. Also the Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit was there using Swordfiish, Beaufigther, Mosqito and Tempest. Possibly the last type was used as 'chase' aircraft.
    Could anyone please add anythiig to the above.
    Thanks Terry,
    Roy

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    Hi Roy, searching for Kernick-Cole on ancestry, i can add the following:
    James Edward Christopher Kernick-Cole listed on a border crossing from Canada to USA on the 30th June 1948. His date of birth is stated as 10th July 1914 in Islington, England.

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Default Kernick-Cole

    Hi Tom,
    That is very welcome what you have found. Thank you.
    Roy

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    Default Kernick-Cole

    Hi Tom,
    Following your lead in USA I found a James Kernick-Cole of Arizona who died in Summerland, Santa Barbara, California on 11-10-98. The only problem is the DOB being 10-7-14 as compared with the Islington DOB of 10-11-14.
    Any help welcome, thank you.
    Roy

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