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    Hi All,
    Hopefully members of the forum will be able to help with this request.
    Sgt McClellan was my fathers pilot from July 1942 until December 1942. The only information I have is as follows:
    He was with 21OTU July 1942 to end August 1942.
    1446 Ferry Flight Moreton in Marsh September 1942 to 12/9/42.
    Ferry Flight M.E. flying Wellington HX 676 which was abandoned over Maiduguri French Sudan 28/9/42.
    Arrived Cairo 23/10/42 on Douglas DC3 23/10/42.
    In hospital at Elmaza Transit Camp with leg infection 24/10/42.
    70 Squadron RAF January 1943.
    In June 1943 was Lt flying Flying Fortresses with USAF in M.E.
    Have tried the American Service sites but Red Tape and use of snail mail is proving to be very complicated and frustrating.
    Would the RAF hold his records or would the have all been sent to USA? I would very much like to get a copy of his full service record and even determine if he is still alive (given his age if still alive this might be a long shot).
    Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.
    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.
    Last edited by RobJ; 7th June 2009 at 06:59. Reason: spelling correction

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    Rob,

    It might help forumites to come up with additional info if they also know that he was:

    Sgt F A McClellan, RCAF

    (from Gunby/Temple's RAF Bomber Losses in the ME/Med)

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,
    Thanks for this additional information much appreciated. It begs the question, did he do his initial training in Canada and then travel to UK and join OTU? He was certainly American but I now assume records may well be held with RCAF as well as RAF and USAAF? Hopefully some of our other members can add to this.
    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.

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    R.79356 Francis Appleton McClellan - American citizen - born December 1911. Enlisted in RCAF, Montreal, 21 April 1941 and posted to No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon. To No.2 Initial Training School, Regina, 27 May 1941. Graduated and promoted LAC, 15 July 1941. Posted that date to No.19 Elementary Flying Training School, Virden, Manitoba. To No.12 Service Flying Training School, 31 August 1941. Graduated and promoted Sergeant, 22 November 1941. Posted that date to "Y" Depot, Halifax. To RAF overseas, 12 December 1941. Discharged from RCAF on transfer to American forces, 2 February 1943.

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    Hi Hugh,
    Thanks very much for this information, fills in an important part in my search, much appreciated. Have you any suggestions as to the best way to approach the USAAF regarding his service record or is it just a question of writing to them by standard mail?
    Again thank you for your help.
    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.
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    "Have you any suggestions as to the best way to approach the USAAF regarding his service record or is it just a question of writing to them by standard mail ?"

    Sorry, I have had no experience with USAAF records.

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