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    Hi guys

    Can anyone put a first name to Sgt Kerr, a Hurricane pilot of 274 Squadron who was shot down off Crete on 25 May 1941 and became a POW? It may have been George, but can anyone confirm, please?

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    Flight magazine Casulaty listings for 1941 second half include the following man, first as missing, then as

    PREVIOUSLY REPORTED MISSING, NOW REPORTED PRISONER of WAR.—Sgt. G. M. Kerr;

    He is not on Ross's list but there is an F. M. Kerr there?

    Who woudl have thought IMDB might help!

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0449701/maindetails
    B.15 April 1918, St. Helens, Lancashire, England, UK
    A former Prisoner of War for 5 years he wrote the POW comedy "A Month of Sundays" and became the BBC's first staff playwright and adapter, reading 500 plays a year, but, he says, liking only five!

    A George Kerr who was POW for 5 years, from lancashire. The birth index is smudged but I'm happy that the bit of a letter is 'M' for George M Kerr.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 11th June 2009 at 21:26. Reason: added IMDB details
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    Hi Dennis

    You're just brilliant!!

    Many thanks indeed. I'll investigate his post-war career if I am able.

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    Hold on,
    there is this death with matching birth date!
    George Fleming Kerr 15 Apr 1918 Oct 1996 78 Mid Warwickshire Warwickshire

    Still a strange co-incidence.
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    Mentions of a George Kerr in Oflag VIIB, acting, and perhaps photos!?
    http://www.mgoodliffe.co.uk/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    Hi guys

    Can anyone put a first name to Sgt Kerr, a Hurricane pilot of 274 Squadron who was shot down off Crete on 25 May 1941 and became a POW? It may have been George, but can anyone confirm, please?

    Cheers
    Brian
    Yes, it was George Kerr. Shot down a Ju52 over the sea flying Hurricane Z4312 - Then he was shot down, also into the sea, but managed to get ashore. Probably shot down by Hptm. Herbert Ihlefeld and his wingman Lt. Fritz Geisshardt of Stab 1(J)/LG2.
    Hope this helps you, OK an old thread, but doing some other research and found that for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    Hold on,
    there is this death with matching birth date!
    George Fleming Kerr 15 Apr 1918 Oct 1996 78 Mid Warwickshire Warwickshire

    Still a strange co-incidence.
    George Fleming Kerr. was my Uncle captured at Dunkirk. also the author of "A Month Of Sundays" The DOB and Birthplace are correct.
    Last edited by jameskerr; 5th May 2017 at 14:15.

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    Are we talking about two George Kerrs here

    George Kerr shot down in Crete 1941

    and George Fleming Kerr shot down in 1940 at Dunkirk?
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    Hi James,

    I am a little puzzled by this thread, it seems there are two Kerrs involved. What unit was your uncle with when he was captured at Dunkirk ? Was he in the Army ?

    Although Sgt. G.M. Kerr of 274 Squadron is always stated to have been a POW I cannot find his name anywhere in official POW lists; WO 392/8 for Air Forces personnel held by Italy and AIR 20/2336 for airmen held by Germany. No other Kerr in the POW lists seems to match.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Hello

    The casualty pack at Kew AIR 81/670 is for F/O Gerald Malcolm Theodore KERR, 90336, born 11/11/09 in Leeds. No. 610 Squadron, lost near Dunkirk on 29 May 1940 in Spitfire I L1006. His mother May was living in Frodsham, Cheshire. In case it can help to clear up a little...

    Joss

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