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    Hello everyone,
    The above Rhodesian fighter pilot trained on 58 OTU on Spitfires and then was posted to 145 sqn in 1941. He moved to 266 (Rhodesian) sqn where he was commissioned.
    He moved to 260 sqn in N/A on Kittyhawk's being awarded the DFC on 22-1-43. He flew with 127 sqn as a F/Lt and then moved to 237 sqn in 1945.
    He transferred to the Southern Rhodesian Air Force on 6-10-45.
    Any addittional information, posting (dates ect) will be gratefully received.
    Thanks,
    Roy

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    Roy, Hi,
    I couldn't get his Promotions from Plt Off to Fg Off, and Fg Off to Flt Lt , to come up on the LG. They must be in there somewhere. Most of my Met Men Rhodesians reverted to S Rhodesian Forces in the last 6 months of 1945.
    HTH
    Peter Davies

    Air Ministry, 22nd January, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Squadron Leader Paul Prendergast DEVENISH (80198), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 260 Squadron

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    24th Oct. 1941. 777641 Paul Prendergast DEVENISH. (80198).
    (777600-778999 Enlistments in Rhodesia Jun 1940)

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flt. Lts. granted the rank of Sqn. Ldr. (war subs.):
    P. P. DEVENISH (80198). 25th Oct. 1942.
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    Hello Peter,
    Thanks for your input, I believe he was promoted on 1-10-42 to F/O.
    I am not sure if he was born in Rhodesia as his father lived in Kimberley, SA. Maybe someone could comment on this.
    Thanks,
    Roy

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    Hello Roy
    As a pilot that flew with 127 Squadron I have some info on him.
    I am away from my files at the moment but will get get back to you.
    Regards
    Andy

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    Hello Andy,
    I look forward to your info on Paul Devenish.
    Thanks,
    Roy

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    Hello Roy
    I have sent you an e mail.
    regards
    Andy

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    Default S/L Paul Prendergast Devenish DFC

    DEVENISH, Paul Prendergast, A/S/L (80198, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.260 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943. Born 1916 in Cape Province, South Africa; home there; educated at Somerset West High School and Marist Brothers College, Roadebosch, Cape Province. Served as a Sapper in the South African Engineering Corps Active Citizen Force Reserve, 1933-36; enlisted in RAF in 1940; commissioned 1941. Public Record Office Air 2/9612 has citation, drafted when he had flown 198 operational hours. See also Air Ministry Bulletin 9037.

    "This officer has participated in numerous operational flights over enemy territory, displaying fine qualities of leadership. Both in this country and the Middle east he has led his squadron with conspicuous success in fighter-bomber sorties, bomber escort flights and fighter sweeps and has throughout displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty."

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    Hello and thanks to Andy and Hugh,
    That is a great bio Hugh, thanks.
    Andy, you have filled in the gaps for his time on 127 sqn.
    There seems to be nothing for 1944 and he then he appears in April/September, 1945 on 237 sqn.
    Sincere thanks to you gents.
    Roy

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    Roy, Here are your man's PO and FO promotions:
    Air Ministry,
    19th December, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Sgts.
    24th Oct. 1941.
    777641 Paul Prendergest DEVENISH. (80198).

    Air Ministry, 4th December, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.), 1st Oct. 1942:
    P. P. DEVENISH (80198).
    Regards, Terry

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    Hello Terry,
    Many thanks for your help on his promotions.
    His movements in 1944 are puzzleing, yes he probably was tour expired for part of it, but not for over a year?
    Thanks,
    Roy

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