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    Default F/Sgt Blay 4/1/1945 1652 HCU Halifax NR276

    I am trying to find out more about the loss of F/Sgt Blay
    who was lost on the 4th January 1945. The CWGC do not
    mention a Squadron, and I cannot find him in Bomber Command
    Losses so I assume he served with Fighter or Coastal Command.

    Any help would be great.

    Johnnie
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    He is listed in the Bomber Command Losses series in the HCU volume.

    Halifax NR276

    Regards
    Ross

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    Thanks for that. I hadn't thought of checking the HCU volume.

    Do you know if he was an air gunner or W/Op. I see he
    is second bottom from the list, but wasn't sure what his
    trade was.

    Johnnie

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    Hi Johnnie,

    Chorley has him as a WOp/AG so he could have been at any gun station or radio when the possible icing occured.

    Regards
    Ross

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    Thanks for that. I have a few photos of a man that is marked sgt Blay on the
    rear, and they came in an envelope marked Mrs Baly, 383 Church Lane,
    Kingsbury, London, NW9 and I was wondering if it could be the man the CWGC
    has as being killed in January 1945.

    They have his wife down as living in Kingsbury, and have him as being 36 years
    old. The chap in the photo I have looks to be in his mid 30's, and has the AG badge
    on his brest, and a the wireless op badge on his arm, so it would seem to fit.

    There is also a photo that shows him (with a group) when he was first training with
    the white flash on the side cap, and a second group marked Air Instructors Course
    at Penrhos.

    If it is the same man (the name, age, and location of wife seem to fit) does it mean
    that he might have already completed a tour prior to being killed with 1652 HCU?

    Johnnie

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    This man is recorded on the St Joseph's College, Norwood, war memorial in the chapel at the school. His brother was also killed, and is recorded on the wooden tablet.

    I tried to send you a PM, but your inbox is full....

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    Sorry about that. I've cleared some space in my inbox.

    Johnnie

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