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    Can anyone give me more information regarding JOHN FRANKLIN BISHOP No 621179 Sergeant R.A.F. (Automobile Fitter), R.A.F. Station Benson in 1940 I believe he was Canadian.
    He arrived in England in 1933 and his father was John Wark Bishop.
    He married Kathleen Perry in December 1940 and I know she then went to Canada in 1942 but I cant find any record of what happened to him.
    I should be grateful for any information
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    Just made an ancestry.co.uk search for the man.

    UK Incoming Passenger lists have a John Franklin Bishop arriving on 20 September 1938 by SS Aquitania from New York. Proposed address in UK given as RAF Canada House. Profession: mechanic and last permanent residence in Canada. Appr. birth 1914.

    1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta have a John F Bishop (son of John W Bishop) living in Alberta, Calgary East, 05E and states birth place as Alta. Mother's name is Lela Bishop.

    Hope to help.

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    Mikkel Plannthin
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    Air Force Association of Canada, Honours and Awards:

    BISHOP, Flight Sergeant John Franklin (621179) - Air Force Medal - No.12 OTU - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1942. Born 2 December 1913 in Calgary; home there, although DHist file 181.005 D.270 gives next of kin as father (J.W. Bishop) living in Victoria. Educated in Alberta including Provincial Institute of Technology, 1930-1932 (Automobile Engineering); mechanic and stock clerk with a Packard dealer in Calgary, 1933-1937. Enlisted in Royal Air Force, 21 September 1938 when posted to RAF Depot, Uxbridge; to No.1 Electrical and Wireless School, 25 November 1938; remustered to Air Gunner, 20 June 1939; to No.52 (Bomber) Squadron, 21 June 1939; promoted Aircraftman, First Class, 31 December 1939; remustered to Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 4 April 1940; to No.12 OTU, 12 April 1940; promoted Sergeant, 31 December 1940; promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 April 1941; injured in aircraft crash, Upper Heyford, 19 August 1941; to Uxbridge, 27 November 1941; remustered to Wireless Operator, 16 December 1941; reverted to Corporal, 24 December 1941; to Farnborough, 7 January 1942; promoted Acting Sergeant, 1 April 1942; invested with AFM at Buckingham Palace, 28 April 1942; to West Walton, 29 April 1942; to India, 7 May 1942. Confirmed as Sergeant, 31 December 1942; promoted Acting Flight Sergeant, 1 July 1943 (confirmed in rank, 10 September 1943). Postings are unclear in Asia, although he was with No.3 Wireless Unit, No.221 Group as of December 1942 and June 1943 and was diagnosed with malaria, 19 September 1943 while with Headquarters Special Forces, Qwalior (attached 111th Brigade); returned to Special Forces, 29 December 1943; in his application for the Burma Star he stated that he had been 'behind Japanese Lines with Wingate Chindits from March 10 1944 to July 29, 1944'. posted to No.151 OTU, 12 November 1944; to Home Establishment, 17 May 1945; to No.108 OTU, 12 August 1945. DHist file 181.005 D.271 listing him as a Canadian airman serving in the RAF about June 1941 confirms this information; it adds that Sergeant Bishop (as he was when document compiled) was a Wireless Operator (Aircrew) with No.52 Squadron. Transferred to RCAF as R225894, 13 August 1945 in London while still a Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner); repatriated 29 August 1945; released 16 October 1945 in Victoria. Died in Surrey, British Columbia, 11 February 1999. His brother, George Bastow, was killed as a member of the RCAF (25 July 1944, No.406 Squadron; name on Runnymede Memorial).

    BISHOP, Flight Sergeant John Franklin (621179) - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945.

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    Thank you both for your information. Hopefully all this will help me track down his descendants not to mention learning a little more about the man himself
    Donut

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    Hello,
    I happen to be his son, and ran across your post purely by chance while looking for information about my grandfather John Wark Bishop. In what regards are you looking for information on. Hopefully I can help you out.
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    The citation to his AFM (found at Kew in Air 2/8901) was as follows:

    "Flight Sergeant Bishop is a wireless operator/air gunner instructor who has been employed on training since April 1940. While carrying out these duties this airman has been involved in a number of aircraft crashes. The latest of these incidents occurred on the night of 19th August 1941 when one engine of the aircraft failed soon after taking off and the pilot was forced to land in a field some 20 miles from the aerpdrome. The aircraft was destroyed and Flight Sergeant Bishop sustained injuries which necessitated his admission to sick quarters. Despite this incident, this airman continues to carry on with his work and shows great devotion to duty and sets a fine example to others. During the last twelve months Flight Sergeant Bishop has completed 300 hours flying including 47 hours at night."

    Also, his brother's name waa George Bishop.
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    I am looking for information on John Franklin Bishop's brother George. He was my uncle and from what I can remember went missing in 1944 in a Mosquito. I would appreciate anything you may come up with.
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    sealion
    If you haven't found the CWGC website, these are the details:
    Name: BISHOP, GEORGE
    Initials: G
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 406 Sqdn.
    Age: 32
    Date of Death: 25/07/1944
    Service No: J/23710
    Additional information: Son of John Wark Bishop and Mary Leila Bishop, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 245.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    You can also find quite a bit about 460 Sqdn on the internet, here's a taster:-

    No. 406 Squadron was formed at Acklington, England on 10 May 1941 as the RCAF's fifth (first Night Fighter) squadron formed overseas flying Blenheim, Beaufighter and Mosquito aircraft in the night air defence of England. In November 1944 No. 406 was redesignated an Intruder squadron and converted to offensive operations over Europe. No. 406 Squadron was listed as the top-scoring RAF/RCAF intruder unit at the end of the Second World War with 64 enemy aircraft destroyed, seven probably destroyed and 47 damaged. On the ground the squadron is credited with destroying 88 locomotives, at least eight freight cars, 32 vehicles and seven small vessels.

    The squadron flew 1835 sorties amassing 4552 operational and 19,274 non-operational flying hours at a cost of 11 aircraft lost, 20 aircrew killed or missing and two aircrew taken as prisoners of war.

    The squadron was disbanded at Predannack, Cornwall on 1 September 1945.

    It was subsequently reformed as a RCAF Squadron!

    Hope that helps until others more knowledgeable than I come along!

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    F/O (Nav) George BISHOP and his pilot F/Lt William R.R. SUTTON - RCAF J/5374 went missing on their Mosquito NF.XXX serial MM736 on a night ranger to Plurien - Nantes (probably lost over sea).
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    Henk.

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