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    Default Wing Commander Flying, RAF Lympne 1944

    Could someone please give me the full name and decorations of the Wing Commander Flying of RAF Lympne prior to Wg. Cdr. Colin Gray taking over the post on 11 August 1944? I believe his name was Powell, but I can't find any further specific details. In regard to decorations, I am only concerned about any he may have had up to that date.

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    Hello Steve
    I have a couple of pages of Lympne ORB up to mid July 1944.
    The W/C Flying during that time was W/C Harries.

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    during 3 to 11 July 1944 it was W/Cdr Tomas Vybiral, DFC a No 134 (Czech) Wing leader, stationed in Lympne, then W/Cdr Ray Harries, DSO, DFC.

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    Steve,

    According to Maton, Harries was:

    87447 Raymond Hiley Harries
    DFC (with 131 Sqn; LG 11.9.42), DFC bar (91 Sqn; LG 25.5.43), DFC 2nd bar (91 Sqn; LG 7.9.43), DSO (RAF Westham Pnett; LG 9.11.43), DSO bar (135 Wing; LG 24.7.45)

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    W/C Ray Harries was at Lympne on 19 May 44.
    The 127 Sqn ORB states:
    "The Lympne Wing led by W/C Harries DSO DFC escorted 14 Mosquitos on a bombing raid to AUXI-LE-CHATEAU..."

    This is also recorded in the Lympne ORB.

    Andy

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    Hi guys

    Thanks for that. Hmm, frustrating... why aren't these things as simple as they look on face value?! I have the Lympne ORB from 11 July-31 December 1944 (41 Squadron was based there during this period), and it states on 11 August:

    "W/Cdr. C.F. Gray (41844) G.D. arrived from Detling as W/Cdr Flying to take over from W/Cdr. Powell proceeding to Detling."

    This statement gives the additional clue that Wg. Cdr. Powell transferred to Detling - which, in retrospect, I should have included the first time around, sorry - so does anyone potentially have a copy of the Detling Wing ORB for 11/12 August 1944 that confirms Powell's arrival and perhaps mentions his full name or initials, and potential decorations, please?

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    Steve
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