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    Default Identification of foreign airmen in 300 (Polish) Bomber Squadron!

    A small help is needed in identification of foreign, believed Canadian, airmen who were temporary posted to 300 (Polish) Bomber Sqn in June 1944 in order to create B (British) Flight. All of them were recorded in 300 Sqn Operations Record Book as R.C.A.F. personnel with unique personal number, which, I hope, would help to identify them.

    Below is the list of those airmen with their respective rank, name, position, squadron number they were posted from and their personal number:

    F/O A.M. Crich, Nav, from 550 Sqn, J.2239
    F/O D.J. Bhemner, A.B., from 550 Sqn, J.26542
    P/O W.W Robinson, pilot, from 262 Sqn, J.19883
    F/O C.M. Forman, Nav., from 626 Sqn, J.25870
    F/O J.F. Gallagher, A.B., from 626 Sqn, J.28805
    F/O W.H. Twitchell, Nav., from 550 Sqn, J.22137
    F/Sgt W.E. Megaw, Nav., from 550 Sqn, R.169845
    Sgt H.W. Jamieson, A.G., from 550 Sqn, R.196186
    F/Sgt P.C.F. Yarck, Nav., from 626 Sqn, R.145264
    Sgt J. Dunsmith, A.G., from 626 Sqn, R.191859
    Sgt J. Pneubottom, A.G., from 626 Sqn, R.196199
    Sgt P. Peters, A.G., from 11 Base, R.256474

    Obviously the names may be mispelled as they were hard to read from ORB Form. However I believe that there`s someone who may help me to get the correct full names of those airmen.
    Any help would be deeply appreciated.
    Last edited by Grexx; 29th September 2009 at 06:18. Reason: Small corrections...

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    Hello Grexx,

    I assume you already checked cwgc.org?I had a quick look but could not find any of your men.Maybe of course they all survived the war but the problem is you are not sure of the spelling of the names.You could try http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/newspapers/intro_e.shtml
    to see you will find there something.
    I am not sure there is a way to look with just a servicenumber


    Mike

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    There is indeed a quicker way to have a look:

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/war-dead/001056-100.01-e.php

    With the LAC's own search engine you can search by service number.

    Providing your numbers are right two of the men on this list did not survive the war:

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2695439

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2032413

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thank you Mike & alieneyes for your suggestions!

    Indeed, two Canadian airmen:
    Sgt Paul Peters & Agt. James Rheubottom are already identified thanks to the links you sent me...

    I hope that the rest of them may be identified soon as well...

    With regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grexx View Post
    A small help is needed in identification of foreign, believed Canadian, airmen who were temporary posted to 300 (Polish) Bomber Sqn in June 1944 in order to create B (British) Flight. All of them were recorded in 300 Sqn Operations Record Book as R.C.A.F. personnel with unique personal number, which, I hope, would help to identify them.

    Below is the list of those airmen with their respective rank, name, position, squadron number they were posted from and their personal number:

    F/O A.M. Crich, Nav, from 550 Sqn, J.2239
    F/O D.J. Bhemner, A.B., from 550 Sqn, J.26542
    P/O W.W Robinson, pilot, from 262 Sqn, J.19883
    F/O C.M. Forman, Nav., from 626 Sqn, J.25870
    F/O J.F. Gallagher, A.B., from 626 Sqn, J.28805
    F/O W.H. Twitchell, Nav., from 550 Sqn, J.22137
    F/Sgt W.E. Megaw, Nav., from 550 Sqn, R.169845
    Sgt H.W. Jamieson, A.G., from 550 Sqn, R.196186
    F/Sgt P.C.F. Yarck, Nav., from 626 Sqn, R.145264
    Sgt J. Dunsmith, A.G., from 626 Sqn, R.191859
    Sgt J. Pneubottom, A.G., from 626 Sqn, R.196199
    Sgt P. Peters, A.G., from 11 Base, R.256474

    Obviously the names may be mispelled as they were hard to read from ORB Form. However I believe that there`s someone who may help me to get the correct full names of those airmen.
    Any help would be deeply appreciated.

    Grexx,

    The following names are incorrect...

    Sgt J. Dunsmith, A.G., from 626 Sqn, R.191859
    Sgt J. Pneubottom, A.G., from 626 Sqn, R.196199

    The first name should read "Sgt. Samuel Dunseith" A/G from 626 Sqn. Sam was shot down in LM178 on July 25, 1944 over Orleans, France. He evaded the Germans and was returned to England in August by US Forces. Due to injuries suffered, he did not return to duty. However, he made a full recovery and is still alive today (In fact, I saw him a month ago). Sgt. James Rheubottom was the mid-upper gunner on LM178 that night. Sadly, he was killed in the attack. Other members of the crew that survived were P/O W.W. Robinson (also from 626 Sqn) and F/O C.M. "Joe" Forman. Also killed in the attack were Bomb Aimer James Duguid, Wireless Op Sgt. L. Page and Flight Engineer Sgt. E.L. Morter. All of the crew except James Duguid had flown together for all of their 18 missions.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Don C

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