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    Does anyone have access to the 69 Sqn ORB by any chance? I am looking for mention of a groundcrew Sgt who was KIA in Jan 41.

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    Do you know his name or are you looking for it?

    Was he killed enemy action against the base?

    Edit: Not many gunners on Spitfires!!
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 15th January 2010 at 12:05.
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    A not very scientific search but looking at RAF dead for Jan 1941 in the 'Malling' district gives this/these airman/airmen.

    Name: RIDING, GEORGE MAITLAND
    Initials: G M
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Date of Death: 12/01/1941
    Service No: 1350301
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Grave 17.
    Cemetery: EARSDON (ST. ALBAN) CHURCHYARD


    George Riding age 19 on register only, no middle initial.

    I checked people from ages 19 to 45 in the register. His name and serial number is listed as Died on Active Service in the RAF CAsualty list, not uncommon for men killed in ground accidents.

    http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/REG/districts/malling.html
    Malling district was ablished in April 1941 so there were not many names in it.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 15th January 2010 at 12:26. Reason: Put all the letters into all the words!!
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    Apologies Dennis. I wasn't going to mention the name unless someone shouted up as having the ORB. The man in question was 365514 Sgt Arthur Harry May RAF who was KIA 28 Jan 41 in Malta. I have searched this site and others and found mention of this NCO as being killed in a bombing raid on Luqa along with 3 other SNCOs (all are stated as being from 148 Sqn). Arthur enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1924 as part of Number 10 Entry at No. 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton. The RAFHAA Roll of Honour lists him as being a member of 431 Flight (renamed 69 Sqn wef 10 Jan 41). I would very much like to find out who is right? Was he 148 or 69 Sqn?

    I believe he was ground crew, but again I am not sure. 69 were operating a mixed bag of a/c in Jan 41 (Marylands, a Skua, Blenheims), but no Spits........I think!

    Thanks in advance

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    Good lord, I'm some dufus!!

    I was reading the rafweb profile for 66 Squadron!! I knew in the back of my head they used multi engine aircraft.

    never mind.
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    The General Registers office list of RAF dead list his unit as:

    "431 Sqdn." A mix up with the Flight - Sqdn but take from that what you may.

    The men on Henk's old thread are listed on the GRO list as: **

    18-1-1941:
    AC1 Trevor D. BACKES - 906019 - 148 Sqn (Luqa); 148 Sqdn on GRO List
    AC1 Edward S. BARLOW - 954524. ** RAF LUQA

    28-1-1941:
    Sgt Douglas H. CAMERON - 517813 - killed on active service; ** LUQA
    Sgt Arthur H. MAY - 365514 - 365514 - killed on active service; ** 431 Sqdn
    Sgt (Ag) Thomas REAY - 751646 - 148 Sqn (Luqa) - not found Flight archives, 148 Sqdn on GRO List
    Sgt Wilfred WARREN - 349651 - 148 Sqn (Luqa) - Flight archives: Missing believed killed on active service (while engaged in non-operational flying duties or on the ground through enemy action). ** He is listed as RAF LUQA on the GRO list. No mention of squadron.
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    Dennis,

    I owe you a beer. Thanks v. much.

    As a small aside, where are you going to search the GRO list of RAF dead? Is there some online database that I should be subscribing to?

    Rgds and thanks again

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    I have a subscription at http://www.familyrelatives.com/.

    But I think enough of us here on the forum have subscriptions for such thing to keep us fed. The transcriptions into their database are hit and miss sometimes but always check the original image. As I recall the fee is less than when i joined a few months back and is a once off annual payment.
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    Cheers Dennis.
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