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    Hi guys

    The above served as an airman with 33 Squadron in Greece and Crete 1941, and wrote the interesting account entitled 'Operation Mercury.'

    What do we know about this author? Was he French-Canadian, or British mother/French father, or British with French ancestors? He was awarded the Military Medal for his performance at Crete. I assume he managed to escape from Crete.

    Here's hoping for some gen
    Brian

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    Brian,

    His citation london Gazette 17-10-1941

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    625329 AC1 Marcel Gerard COMEAU

    In the course of a heavy bombing and machine gun attack on an aerodrome, a bomb exploded on a trench causing 2 soldiers, both Greeks, to be buried in the debris. AC Comeau, displaying great bravery, left the shelter of his trench and although the station was under continous fire, managed to dig them out with his hands. One of them subsquently died. Later on in the face of enemy fire AC Comeau secured from another position a gun which greatly improved the defence of his own position.

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    Many thanks Mark

    The citation confirms his account in the book.

    Obviously he was RAF not RCAF.

    French-Canadian in RAF? Or .............?

    Cheers
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    A number of memorabilia sites are selling FDCs signed by him - one stated that he joined the RAF as an aircrafthand in 1938

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    Brian/Amrit,
    His Service Number would seem to indicate that he Enlisted in the RAF as a civilian sometime after March 1938.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Brian

    A brief biog inside the dj of the book says

    "Comeau, a fourth generation Englishman of Nova Scotian descent, and who was later awarded the MM for his courage at Maleme, joined the RAF as an a/c rigger in 1938."

    He did escape from Crete and was taken to Egypt.

    regards

    DaveW

    Remember my cousin Corporal Frank Williams of 30 Squadron, killed in the defence of Crete.

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    Many thanks guys

    Well, Dave, I think you've solved the query - great stuff! I have only a paperback version of his book, which does not provide biographical details.

    Cheers
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    Hi Dave,

    Slightly away from the subject but the note under your name "Remember my cousin Corporal Frank Williams of 30 Squadron, killed in the defence of Crete".

    Can you elaborate on this please?

    My main research project is all things 30 Sqn from their Blenheim years 1938 -1941 including their time in Crete so I would be very interested to hear more.

    Regards,
    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    Frank Williams is strictly speaking my father's cousin, killed before I was born. CWGC entry here http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1283054

    Speaking from memory, there is a mention of a 'Taff Williams'in the book. but he is stated to be of 33S.

    That's all I know about him and I have no contact at all with his side of the family now and my father, still with us at 91, knows nothing of Frank's history. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

    regards

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    Hi Dave,

    There is an F.T Williams on the memorial at Maleme, Crete erected in honour of 30 & 33 Sqn guys who were killed there. He is under the 30 Sqn list on the memorial.

    I will have a 'rummage' through my records and see what comes up.

    Regards,
    Simon

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