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    Hello,

    I am looking for details (first names and service number) of the following air gunners who were serving with 264 Sqn in 1940. It seems that most were posted out during the BoB may be before.

    LAC FAIRBROTHER
    LAC LILLE (written like this in the ORB but may be LILLIE)
    Sgt A. MARTIN
    Sgt QUINNEY
    Sgt SMALLEY

    Any information regarding those men would be very appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    Phil

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    Hi Phil
    I am not sure whether this will help but from a look on CWGC 1940-1944 the following A/Gs came up. They are of an age to have been involved in 1940.

    Name: MARTIN, ALAN EDWARD Initials: A E Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age: 21 Date of Death: 13/04/1943 Service No: 1210368 Additional information: Son of Harold Andrew and Alice Edith Annie Martin, of Williton. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 2. Grave 26. Cemetery: WATCHET (ST. DECUMAN) CHURCHYARD
    Name: QUINNEY, ROBERT CHARLES Initials: R C Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 221 Sqdn. Age: 21 Date of Death: 10/05/1943 Service No: 1534949 Additional information: Son of Harold Quinney, and of Gladys May Quinney (nee Bellamy), of Manchester. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. A. 14. Cemetery: MOASCAR WAR CEMETERY
    Name: FAIRBROTHER, ARTHUR LAWRENCE Initials: A L Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 77 Sqdn. Age: 25 Date of Death: 15/02/1944 Service No: 747317 Additional information: Son of Percy William and Barbara Fairbrother, of Mount Pleasant, Swansea. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 9. H. 3-7. Cemetery: BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY
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    Dick

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    Phil,

    Kenneth Wynn 'Men of the Battle of Britain' mentions :-

    Sgt P. LILLIE 264 Sqn A/G May 1940 - Last ORB 19/7/40 Plus picture
    Sgt A. Martin 264 Sqn A/G August 1940 ? - April 1941 +

    I believe Sgt Fairbrother 747317 may be your man his service number is good for 1940 service, the other probables service numbers seems too high for 1940 active service ?

    Mark

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