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    Default Squadron Leaders on 76 Squadron

    I have a few 'rank and name' only 76 Sqn Halifax aircrew that remain on my research list.

    S/L Vivian BAMBER
    S/L KEMPSTER
    S/L R.N. PEARCE
    S/L STONHAM
    S/L SUTCLIFFE
    S/L WEBSTER
    S/L WYNNE

    Possibily flight commanders - but that's just an assumption. No other details known, not even the year they served but I do know they had something to do with 76 Squadron during WWII. Just in case someone should recognise a name I would be most grateful for any clues no matter how small. Thank you
    Norman

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    Hi Norman,

    I have sent you scans from Chorley's 76 Sqn history on most of these fellows but I couldn't find any reference to Kempster or Sutcliffe.

    The references are sometimes in passing, so any info others have from other sources would still be useful.

    For others' info:

    Stonham, DFC, was the OC from 1 Feb 1959 to 30 Dec 1960
    Pearce was KIA 20 Dec 1942 in Halifax DT570, Duisburg
    Wynne, DFC, was OC from 9 Dec 1953 to 10 Nov 1955
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    Still searching for further service details of the following wartime 76 Squadron flight commanders. All known details given:

    1) S/L BAMBER, 3983, Vivian Gordon, 17/7/1937 No.7 FTS Peterborough as as Acting Pilot Officer, 10'12'1939 Pilot Officer, 10/12/1940 Flying Officer, 10/12/1941 Flight Lieutenant, 1/3/1942 S/L, only one op known on 76 Sqn -28 June 1942 Cologne.

    2) S/L KEMPSTER, C.M.P., 17/7/1937 No.5FTS as Acting Pilot Officer, c1941-1943 76 Sqn.

    3) S/L TURNER, Frank William Scott, 3775, 1943 76 Sqn, 22/9/1943 KIA Hanover.

    4) S/L WILLIAMS, Walter R., 6/1941 took over Flight from S/L Tom Sawyer who took command of 78 as W/C, Only op to sink the German Battleship 'Scharnhorst' in 1941, hit by flak, ditched and made PoW for rest of the war.

    Thank you
    Norman

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    Thank for the help Dave.
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    Norman,

    A little on, 39882 Charles Mervyn Patrick KEMPSTER RAF:

    3 Jan 1940
    No.18 sqn
    Blenheim I L1410
    Op: Reconnaisssance

    T/o 0755 Metz. Survived an attack by a Hurricane but badly damaged when intercepted by Me 109s near Aachen, Germany, after which the crew crash-landed near Raeren (Liege), just inside the Belgian frontier some 7 km NE of Eupen, Belgium. The two survivors were interned. AC1 Harris is buried in the Liege (Robermont) Cemetery.

    F/O C M P Kempster Int.
    Sgt F L Smith Int.
    AC1 P B Harris +

    BCL1/28

    Amendments & Additions: WV-B. May have been shot down by Fw Goltzsche of I./JG77.

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    Thank you Col, Thank you Ebocrew,

    The kind information you sent me was most appreciated. After 6 years graft, I have nearly completed my project of researching 76 Squadron flight commanders 1916-1960 and have only four to do. I will send you both, copy of what I have on CWP Kempster. It includes a small photo extracted from a 18 Squadron group photo found in an old Flight magazine.

    Norman
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    Hello,

    I was looking for information about my Grandfather and think he may be the 'Pearce was KIA 20 Dec 1942 in Halifax DT570, Duisburg' who is referred to on this thread. His name is Raymond Newport Peace. On another site the following information is given: Raymond Peace received his commission on 1st December 1940 (45147) to the rank of P/O with seniority back dated to 27th November 1940. He was awarded the DFC for service with 102 Squadron, Gazetted 7th March 1941 (the same Gazette as Leonard Cheshire's DFC). He was later promoted to F/O on 27th November 1941 and to F/Lt on 25th July 1942. Having been posted to 76 Squadron he was killed flying Halifax DT570 as Acting S/Ldr on 20th December 1942 and is buried in Reichwald Forest War Cemetery.

    I hope this may be of some help in completing the work you are doing and would be very grateful if there is any further information which you may have which might help me understand a bit more about my Grandfather and the role he played as we know so little about him.

    Kind regards,

    Kirstie

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    Hi Kirstie

    Welcome to the forum, unfortunately, Norman, who posted the original request passed away earlier this year.

    Malcolm
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    Really sorry to hear about Nornan, we had exchanged many emails on 76 Squadron in the past.

    Kirstie - I do have a reasonable archive on 76 if I can help

    Neil

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    Very sorry to hear about Norman, always sad to hear of the loss of another link to our past.

    Thanks Neil, I would be really interested in anything you may be able to tell me. I really know very little, my grandfather died only a month before my father was born and so we know so little about him it seems a real shame. I would love to know and be able to share it with my son.

    Many thanks,

    Kirstie

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