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    Hi, i am trying to research this guy he held 3 medals (Defence/war GSM clasps Pal 45-48, Malaya, Cyprus) He was a Warrant officer in Palestine but the commissioned as a pilot in 1951, finally retiring as a Sqn/Ldr in Feb 1977. Is there any way to find out which squadrons he served with in Malaya and Cyprus as i am assuming he was on the strength of a squadron (General duties branch)


    Cheers, Rick

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    Hi Rick,
    The aforementioned chap was my father, now deceased. His Log books and Medals are in the possession of my mother, so we can get the info you require. What is your interest? Derek joined RAFVR in 1942 demobbed after Palestine in '48 rejoined in '51 and retired in '77 upon closure of RAF Andover, saw service in Australia, Singapore, Cyprus, Aden, Kenya and Muscat before flying a desk.
    Gordon

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    Hi, many thanks for taking the time to contact me, I have sent you a PM,
    Cheers,
    Rick

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