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    Hello everybody,

    I am looking for the full identity (christian names and service number) of the following immediate pre-war officers. Any help would be very appreciated :

    P/O M.V. BAXTER
    F/L I.A. BERTRAM
    P/O J.H.S BROUGHTON
    F/L R. BROWN
    P/O G.S.S. CHATTERTON
    P/O G.P.G. DAVIES
    P/O A.E.R. FERRIS
    P/O L.J. FRY
    P/O J.R.B. HARTNOLL
    P/O N.N. JACKSON
    P/O W.H. MARTYN
    P/O C.W.E. MILBURN
    F/L H.H. PECK
    F/O W.E.S TANNER


    Many thanks in advance

    Phil

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    Two I can offer:

    BROUGHTON, James Herbert Sydney, S/L (40880, Royal Air Force) - No.131 Operational Training Unit - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1944. Public Record Officer Air 2/9004 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,190 instructional hours; material provided courtesy of Steve Brew.

    "This officer has been engaged on instructional duties almost continuously for four years and, since April 1942, has commanded his flight. A fine pilot and instructor, his cheerful confidence, patience and excellent judgment have been material factors in the low accident rate prevailing at his unit."


    MARTYN, Lieutenant (Air) William Haig - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 4 October 1940. A native of Calgary, Alberta; Pilot Officer in RAF, 1936; transferred to Fleet Air Arm, 1938. Sub-Lieutenant (Air), Royal Navy at No.14 Elementary Flying Training School and then No.5 Service Flying Training School; promoted to Lieutenant (Air), 1940. Flying from HMS Formidable with No.888 Squadron as Senior Pilot in 1942; commanded No.888 Squadron aboard HM Ships Argus, Indomitable, Stalker and Furious. Promoted Lieutenant-Commander, 1944. Died in April 1975. Combat claims as follows (provided by Frank Olynk): 17 April 1940, 1400 hours, No.801 Squadron, one Do.18 or Do.26 destroyed west of Stavanger while flying Skua II (serial unknown), shared with Lieutenant-Commander H. Peter Bramwell in Skua II L2907, 7A and Sun-Lieutenant Bernard Frank Wigginton in Skua II L2921, 7F, combat report in Public Record Office ADM 199/115-464, 465 and 466; 26 April 1940, No.801 Squadron, one He.111 destroyed, 1145 hours over Lesjaskog, Skua coded 7C, shared with Lieutenant-Commander H. Peter Bramwell in L2907; 12 August 1942, No.800 Squadron, one Ju.88 destroyed, 0900-1930 hours, between Gibraltar and malta, Sea Hurricane I V7516, combat report in Public Record Officer ADM 199/115-248; 12 August 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed, shared with Sub-Lieutenant J.L. Hastings (Z4056), combat report in ADM 119/115-252. No citation other than "for good services in an air attack on oil tanks in Norway."

    MARTYN, Lieutenant (Air) William Haig - Distinguished Service Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 November 1940.

    MARTYN, Lieutenant (A) William Haig - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 10 November 1942, "For bravery and dauntless resolution...when an important convoy was fought through to Malta in the face of relentless attacks by day and night from submarines, aircraft and surface forces."

    MARTYN, Lieutenant Commander William Haig, DSC - Bar to Distinguished Service Cross - No.888 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 5 September 1944. This was one of a group of awards made "for courage, skill and devotion to duty while operating from or serving in His Majesty's Ships Furious and Victorious during many successful strikes at enemy shipping off the coast of Norway."

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    Phil,
    A few others:-

    P/O M.V. BAXTER Maldwyn Vincent 79326
    F/L I.A. BERTRAM 19071
    F/L R. BROWN Reginald 171319.
    P/O L.J. FRY Lucius John 39229

    Flt Lt R Brown interests me. The one I have found (but there may be others!) was a Met Man!

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    Thanks both for this first batch.

    All were pilots and most of them were involved in flying accident but some may have failed their training at the end of it and transferred to another branch.

    Regarding W.H. Martyn, any chance to have his RAF service number?

    Thanks

    Phil

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    Phil,

    Believe your M.V Baxter could be 37957 P/O M.V BAXTER (NZ) Died in flying accident 22/2/1938 1 Sqn Fury buried Tangmere.

    Mark

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    Hi Mark,

    This is my guy. Thanks. Would you have his first names?

    Thanks

    Phil

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    Hi Phil

    The problem with William Haig Martyn, who served with 41 Squadron from September 1937 to July 1938, as (I believe) his only operational RAF Squadron, is that his RAF Service number is not given on commissioning as APO on 21 Dec 1936:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34358/pages/170

    Nor on his confirmation as PO on 12 Oct 1937:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34447/pages/6616

    Nor on his transfer to the FAA, Royal Navy, on 15 Jul 1938:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34533/pages/4677

    Nor on his relinquishing of his RAF commission on 1 Aug 1938:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34542/pages/5293

    So there appears to be no official (available) record of Martyn's service number, sorry.

    May I ask your interest in him, please?

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    Steve
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    Hi Phil,
    I found one men on pages of the LG:
    James Rodney Blackett HARTNOLL. (70857)
    and when you open the Errol Martyn´s post from the 10th December 2007 there are:

    Plt Off Baxter M V Merton Vivian Killed 22 Feb 38
    Flt Lt Brown R Richard Killed 23 Apr 34
    Act Plt Off Ferris A E R Albert Edward Ralph Killed 2 Aug 37 from
    Act Plt Off Milburn C W E Colin William Edward Killed 20 Jun 38
    Fg Off (Act Flt Lt ) Peck H H Harry Hamilton Killed 17 Dec 37
    Fg Off Tanner W E S William Erskine Snell Killed 23 Apr 34
    Are your all initials alright? There is for example M. M. (not N.N.) Jackson…

    Regards
    Mojmir

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    P/O M.V. BAXTER, Merton Vivian, 37957
    F/L I.A. BERTRAM, Ian Anstruther, 19071
    P/O J.H.S BROUGHTON, James Herbert Sydney, 40884
    F/L R. BROWN ? Richard if F/O gradation 11/06/1928
    P/O G.S.S. CHATTERTON
    P/O G.P.G. DAVIES
    P/O A.E.R. FERRIS, Albert Edward Ralph, 39379
    P/O L.J. FRY, Lucius John, 39229
    P/O J.R.B. HARTNOLL, James Rodney Blackett, 70857
    P/O N.N. JACKSON
    P/O W.H. MARTYN, William Haig
    P/O C.W.E. MILBURN, Colin William Edward, 40410
    F/L H.H. PECK, Harry Hamilton
    F/O W.E.S TANNER

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    [QUOTE=Steve Brew;37452]Hi Phil


    May I ask your interest in him, please?

    Thanks Steve. When he was on training at No.11 FTS he was involved in an accident while flying Fury K1937 which was destroyed (28 June 37)

    Regards

    Phil

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