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    Hi,
    Can anyone (hopefully Errol) tell me when this pilot and crew joined 149sqdn, they were lost on 22/23 April 44.
    TIA........Alan

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    Alan,

    This should help (from my Vol Three):

    BILLENS, Pilot Officer Hewitt Elliot.
    NZ428180; b Wanganui 29 Oct 20; Palm Nth BHS & Wanganui Collegiate; proof reader - Manawatu Daily Times, Palm Nth. NZ Army/TF 1½ yrs; RNZAF New Plymouth/2EFTS as Aircrafthand (ADU) 11 Jul 42, remust as Airman Pilot u/t 27 Jul 42, 1SFTS 16 Oct 42, Pilots Badge [wef 29.12.42] & Sgt 6 Mar 43, att RAF & emb for UK 6 Apr 43, 12PD&RC 5 Jun 43, 3(P)AFU 29 Jun 43 [att 1539BATF for c.1 wk in Jul], 11OTU (Wellington) 7 Sep 43, 31 Base for 1651HCU (Stirling) 30 Dec 43, 149 Sqn (Stirling - 5 ops) 20 Mar 44, Comm 21 Apr 44, kao 23 Apr 44. Cuissy-et-Geny Churchyard - coll. grave, Aisne, France. Son of Robert Hewitt & Myra Mary Billens (née Bassett), Palm Nth; h of Joan Barbara Kate Billens (née Watchorn) & f of 1s, Palm Nth. [phot. TWN 12.7.44].

    LONGLEY, Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Ernest.
    NZ426052; b Timaru 4 Jan 24; Papanui THS (1st Hockey XI); chair maker - for father, Chch. RNZAF Woodbourne as Aircrafthand (ADU) 30 May 42, remust as Air Observer u/t & ITW 1 Oct, emb for Canada 24 Dec, att RCAF 7 Jan 43, 3 M Depôt 11 Jan 43, 8BGS 24 Jan 43, 2AOS 2 May 43, remust as Air Bomber & Air Bombers Badge & Sgt 11 Jun 43, 1 Y Depôt 22 Jun 43, att RAF & train to New York for emb for UK 28 Jun 43, 12PD&RC 8 Jul 43, 10(O)AFU 27 Jul 43, 11OTU (Wellington) 7 Sep 43, 31 Base for 1651HCU (Stirling) 31 Dec 43, 149 Sqn (Stirling - 5 ops) 20 Mar 44, kao 23 Apr 44. Cuissy-et-Geny Churchyard - coll. grave, Aisne, France. Son of Frank Robert & Helen Elizabeth Longley (née Shaw), Riccarton, Chch; h of Georgina Ruffel Longley (née Bowden), Riccarton. [phot. TWN 12.7.44].

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,
    Much appreciated
    Alan

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