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    Default P A P Gay, 2SFTS, 1940/41

    Guys,

    Thanks for your help so far.

    Of the 37 members of No. 56 course, 2SFTS between November 1940 to April 1941, the sad facts are 15 KIA, 6 POW, 2 continued to fly and 14 to find. No wonder my Father was told to expect to survive 6 missions.

    P A P Gay. Does anyone have this pilot on their records?

    Regards,

    Nick

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    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Flt. Sgts
    931848 Peter Alfred Parrish GAY (129226). 26th June 1942.

    This link may or may not work:
    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/issues/1939-03-15;1948-12-31/exact=129226;event=world-war-ii/start=1


    He was awarded an Air Force Cross,
    Air Ministry, ist January, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Air Force Cross
    Flight Lieutenants.
    Peter Alfred Parrish GAY (129226), R.A.F.V.R.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis, Thanks once again for pointing me in the right direction.

    Does anyone know where this guy ended up? Which squadrons?

    Nick

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    Default P.A.P. Gay, AFC

    GAY, Peter Alfred Parrish, F/L (129226, RAFVR) - No.78 (General Reconnaissance) Operational Training Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/9036 (courtesy of Steve Brew) has citation drafted when he had flown 781 hours (150 in previous six months).

    "This officer is a Flying Instructor in the Wellington Conversion Flight at No.78 Operational Training Unit. He has shown ability much above the average and has maintained a high standard. Flying Officer Gay has been given the most difficult pupils to train and has succeeded in coaching them up to the solo stage when other instructors have failed. His flying skill, airmanship and zeal are an example to all pilots and a model for junior officers."

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    Thanks Hugh,

    I get a great kick out of finding out where these guys ended up, especially when they survive the war.

    Regards,

    Nick

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