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    Default 7 Sqn ORB

    Hi, does anybody have a copy of 7 Squadrons ORBs, I am trying to research a WOP, F/L B R Rodgers who served 1944/45 and would be interested to know what Ops he completed and which Sqn he served in prior to Pathfinders he was awarded a DFC 13.02.45, thanks in advance, Rick

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    hello,

    I have the Squadron ORB (forms 540 and 541) for the first half of 1944 and the form 540 only for July. I see a :
    1381355 Warrant Officer Rogers W. (Wireless operator) appointed to commission rank, with effect from 8th July 1944. In another page his initials are given as W.E.

    Slight differences but same trade. If you check his commission on the London Gazette, you could find the NCO number of "your" RODGERS and definitely elimitate this possibility.

    I didn't find your B.R. RODGERS. I'm afraid you'll have to find someone else with the ORB of the second half of 1944.

    It's a pity that Pete Docherty doesn't frequent the board anymore. He could have answered your question, as he wrote a book about this Squadron.

    Joss

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    hi joss
    could you check the sqn ORB for the period may to july 44
    im looking for a boyd drayton sellick pilot possibly sqn ldr
    this guy was promoted wing cmdr and posted to fiskerton as 576 sqn cmdr
    i have reason to believe he was with 7 sqn prior to this promotion
    sellick was my uncles sqn cmdr
    he was quite a guy
    sellick was found one morning in oct 44 in the rafters of the officers mess at fiskerton still in a drunken state
    cheers
    dave

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    hello Dave,

    I've checked the movements to and from the unit and the awards and appointments section of the ORB, from January to July 1944, checking May to July twice, but I failed to read the name of Sellick in it.

    He could have served earlier and have a rest from operations before going to 576 as C.O.

    Sorry.

    Joss

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    On 10th April 1942 W/Cdr B.D. Sellick took command of the Squadron from S/Ldr Lay.
    On night of 30/31st May 1942 1000 Bomber Raid W/Cdr Sellick had trouble with both starboard engines and jettisoned his bombs off Orfordness.
    Flew 1000 Bomber raid to Frankfurt 8/9th September 1942
    On 1st October 1942 W/Cdr B.D.Sellick relinquished command.

    Extracts from No.7 Bomber Squadron RAF in WW11 by Tom Docherty acknowledged

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    Hi Dave

    Don't know if this is of background interest but Sellick had been with 214 Sqn in 1939/40, with whom he flew quite a few ops. He was on 214's first 'proper' bombing op (one of two 214 a/c accompanying three 9 Sqn a/c from Honington), trying to set fire to the Black Forest on 14-15/6/1940. Before then 214 had been a training squadron, hence their 'late start' onto ops. He became a S/Ldr around this time.

    He flew on the Lubeck raid (March '42). By then he was with 15 Sqn. Still shown as S/L.

    Don't know about anything after that but I hope this helps a bit?

    Ian

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    hi all
    thank you for your replies
    sellick was born in india in 1916
    probebly his father was a colonial
    educated in the tauntan area
    if anyone has the DVD Night Bombers
    you will see him as the station cmdr (Grp Capt) Hemswell
    he was promoted just after the dresden op
    his looks have a dark complection
    with a need to shave
    i think his mother was indian
    if you search his name
    he will come up
    sellick flew the first comet into moscow with the chiefs of staff
    inthe 50,s
    he joined the raf in 35 as a probationary pilot with 214 madras
    sqn so it conferms he stayed with the sqn till his move to 7 sqn then 15 sqn then 576
    after station cmdr Hemswell he went to raf snaith as station cmdr
    probebly to oversee its closure
    my mate lives in pollongton along side the airfield
    thank you all for your input
    i tried to trace him on 192.com
    if the records are correct it would appear he died in 1999 in the peterbourgh/huntingdon area
    quite a guy
    i would have liked to have met him
    regards
    dave
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    Hi Joss,

    I still do pop up on the board from time to time and I note that Chris has beaten me to posting the required info - thanks Chris. The book is still available (No 7 Bomber Squadron RAF in WWII) from Pen & Sword for those interested.

    Yours aye

    Tom Docherty

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    hello Tom,

    Glad to see you here. I'll try to get a copy directly from them, or through the internet. My first experience with Amazon was not good, the book were damaged as they had been very poorly packed. I was promised a refund but nothing ever came...

    I wish I could have a signed copy from the author...

    joss

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