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    Default F/Sgt G.F. ANDREWS - PoW

    Hello all,

    Does anyone know the first names of the above NCO (service number 1387467) which was taken prisoner in 1943?

    Thanks in advance

    Phil

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    Phil,

    Not sure if this is your man, but things seem to fit:

    WW2 1943 RAF Fighter Pilots Caterpillar Club badge, Wings Grouping of items. A rare grouping of items awarded to Warrant Officer Guy Frederick Andrew a Spitfire pilot with 131 (County of Kent) Squadron who earned his place in the Caterpillar Club on the 27th August 1943, whilst escorting B26’s of the US Air force over France. Comprising: Gold Caterpillar Badge, with ruby eyes, engraved to the reverse “W/O G.F. Andrew” (fitted with correct pattern safety catch to pin). .. Original Caterpillar Club Membership Card. ... Caterpillar Club forwarding letter for the gold badge. ... POW Dog Tag with the number 222568 Stalag IVB (POW number confirmed as that of W/O Andrew). ... RAF Pilots Wings. ... US Air Force Pilots Wings Embossed Sterling to the reverse. ... Pilots Log Book, used by Andrew whilst training to fly at Gunter Field 12th Jan 1942 to 3rd July 1943. ... RAF Airman’s Pay Book. ... RAF Service & Release Book. .. 2 x 1968 Caterpillar Club List of Guests including signatures for a reunion dinner. ... Plus a small quantity of other items including RAF Ex POW news letters etc. Warrant Officer Guy Frederick Andrew was born in 1920 and joined the RAF in April 1941. He was posted to Canada for Pilot training in October and after qualifying for his wings, he was posted to the USA to undergo training to be a flying instructor. Returning to the UK, he was posted to 131 Squadron flying the Supermarine Spitfire VB. At this time the squadron was undertaking channel sweeps and bomber escort duties. On the 27th August 1943 he was briefed to escort B26 bombers. During this op, the formation was attacked by German fighters of JG2, following the engagement, 131 Sqd lost one pilot killed and W/O Andrew Shot down his Irvin Parachute saving his life and allowing his to join the caterpillar club. His POW debrief confirms that he was captured near Le Havre with a damaged ankle. He was first taken to Dulag Luft for interrogation where he was subjected to three days solitary confinement, lack of food, threats and order to fill out bogus Red Cross forms. He was then taken to Stalag IVB where he received medical treatment from the British staff. He was liberated and returned to the UK on the 1st June 1945 and was discharged from the RAF in October of that year.

    found at
    http://www.militariamart.com/index99.php?l=9

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    Martyn

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    Thanks Martyn, it is my man.

    Phil

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    I can tell you a little more as Guy was my dads brother. My grandmother had a story about his being shot down. Pre 1941 Uncle guy worked at Hawker Siddeley building Hurricanes and then volunteered for the RAF. My grandmother to her dying days claimed that if he had been shot down in a Hurricane rather then a Spit he could have fixed it before it crashed. It was a rough day for her as the same day the notice came of Guy being shot down my grandfather (his father) was killed driving a Postal Van by a V-1 rocket explosion that brought a house down on top of the van. And thank you Martyn for the extra info that is more then I knew about his service.

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    Default Hi Hylander36 Guy is my Dad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hylander36 View Post
    I can tell you a little more as Guy was my dads brother. My grandmother had a story about his being shot down. Pre 1941 Uncle guy worked at Hawker Siddeley building Hurricanes and then volunteered for the RAF. My grandmother to her dying days claimed that if he had been shot down in a Hurricane rather then a Spit he could have fixed it before it crashed. It was a rough day for her as the same day the notice came of Guy being shot down my grandfather (his father) was killed driving a Postal Van by a V-1 rocket explosion that brought a house down on top of the van. And thank you Martyn for the extra info that is more then I knew about his service.

    Hello, are you Ivors son. Guy was my dad and he passed away 16th December 2014. Claire (my sister) and I would like to know who you are.

    Corinne

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