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    Default Sgt Herbert Cox VR 1375090 74 sqn

    Hello everyone,
    Could you please help me with this Spitfire pilot.
    He enlisted at Euston in August, 1940.
    Joined 92 sqn on 5-8-41 and flew with 'A' Flt at Biggin Hill until 3-10-41 when he was MIA on Circus 105 to St Omer.
    74 sqn were Forward Support Wing when Sgt Cox in Spitfire Vb, W3710 was shot down by a Me109 off Ostend at 1445 hrs.
    I wish to know where he came from, which OTU he trained on before 92 sqn and where his death was registered please.
    Regards and thanks,
    Roy

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    Since he is missing and shot down at sea (presumably) overseas then he won't be registered anywhere other than the GRO overseas register.

    Per FreeBMD.org.uk there are up to 31 Herbert Cox's born between 1912 and 1925!

    his service number is in the batch:
    1375001 to 1400000 Aug 1940 Euston as you said above, that would be 'sometime' on or after August 1940 rather than that month in particular.

    Perhaps cross reference the Cox's on FreeBMD with the Euston area? check roll-of-honour.com
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 13th February 2009 at 14:42.
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    Default Sgt Herbert Cox

    Hello Dennis,
    Many thanks for your input and I will try your suggestion.
    It is quite a problem when there are no next of kin listed with the CWGC.
    Regards and thanks,
    Roy

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    There is a chance that the ORB for 92 Squadron would list his posting in and the unit that was from, that or go through the ORBs for the fighter OTUs to see where personnel were posted to.

    I have found they tend to name individuals but will say something like 3 Sgt Pilots posted to xx Sqd. From that it is possible to narrow down where they came from.
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    Default 92 sqn ORB

    Hello Al,
    Sadly circumstances now prevent me from travelling, hence my appeal.
    Thanks anyway.
    Regards,
    Roy

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    Roy

    As you know I've done quite a bit of research on 92 Squadron over the years but, having checked my notes, unfortunately I can't answer the specific points you raised. There may be information in the ORB but I would doubt it as most entries are extremely brief!

    I did mention Sgt Cox several times in The Biggin Hill Wing 1941 so if you are interested in the circumstances of his death I could let you know what happened. I used a first-hand account from Walter Johnston who was Red 4 on that particular trip. He was lucky to get home, as was Don Kingaby.

    Regards

    Peter

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    Default Sgt Herbert Cox

    Hello Peter,
    Thanks for the reply.
    Yes I did get your very interesting latest book for Christmas, keep it up.
    I would be interested in anything you can find.
    Thanks for the card,
    Regards ,
    Roy

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    Roy

    I will be going to the National Archives next month and have made a note to look in the 92 Sqn ORB for Sgt Cox. There's a chance there might be something.

    Peter

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    Hello Peter,
    Many thanks for your kind gesture.
    Regards,
    Roy

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