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    Default Air Officer Commanding RAF M.E. January 1943.

    Hi All,
    Hopefully members of the forum can help me identify and give me details of following airmen. From my father's diary 37 Squadron RAF 21/1/43....I was told at 5 minutes notice that our crew was taking the A.O.C up to 8th Army Headquaters at the front line. C.O Wing Commander Rankin was Captain, took off 10am flew direct over Gulf of Sirte hit other coast at Miziruta which is in our territory now flew for another hour inland and landed at an advance fighter areodrome 30 miles south of Homs only 10 minutes flying from front line.
    My fathers log shows Wellington HD958 Benina to Darragh L.G. and back to Bernina later that day. Does anyone know who the A.O.C was (He had rank of an Air Commadore) and can forum members supply me with details of Wing Commander Rankin?
    On 22/1/43 again non operational from Benia to El Magrun in Wellington HX521 a Group Captain Harris was the Captain. Can anyone enlighten me as to who this was?
    Thanks for any assistance that can be offered.

    Regards,
    Rob Jerram
    Last edited by RobJ; 24th September 2009 at 09:16. Reason: additional info

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    This is your Rankin:

    http://us.geocities.com/alex_rogers.geo/gl_part3.html

    http://us.geocities.com/alex_rogers.geo/postings.html

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    Hi Amrit,
    Many thanks, much appreciated.

    Regards,
    Rob Jerram

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    Hi All,
    The site that Amrit has supplied me also includes the name of the A.O.C who was Air Commodore Gayford. He was commanding 231 Wing which included 37 Squadron.

    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.

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