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    O’DONNELL, James, A/S/L (43316, Royal Air Force) – Maintenance Command Headquarters - Member, Order of the British Empire – awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Air 2/9130, courtesy of Tom Thorne, has citation.

    Squadron Leader O’Donnell holds the post of Personnel Release and Transfer Officer at this Headquarters and is responsible for the release and transfer if service personnel under the reallocation of manpower scheme for this Command. He has displayed great aptitude for this task and has worked with exceptional energy and devotion to duty. Squadron Leader O’Donnell is a first class administrative officer of 30 years serving experience. Previous to his present appointment he served as Officer Commanding Headquarters Unit.

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    Many thanks Hugh

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    Hi Hugh,

    This probably is too late, but if you are able to, could you please post further details for:

    MOSTYN-BROWN, William Albert, SL - AFC - 450614 - 512 Sqn - RAF

    thanks

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    MOSTYN-BROWN, William Albert, A/S/L (42517, Royal Air Force) - No.512 Squadron - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945. Born 20 December 1912 in London. Served in RAF, 1938-1946 (wings awarded at Grantham, 1938). Attained A.1 Instructor category, 1941. Also awarded Chevalier, Order of the Crown with Palm (Belgium) and Croix de Guerre (1940) with Palm (Belgium), as per London Gazette dated 11 July 1947. Enlisted in RCAF Auxiliary, 1 January 1949 (130013) in Calgary, where he was a haberdasher, tailor and importer. Served in No.403 Squadron. Attained rank of Group Captain, August 1954 when posted to No.30 Wing Headquarters (RCAF Auxiliary). Public Record Office Air 2/8771 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 2,250 hours (150 in previous six months).

    This officer, who is the Squadron Leader, Flying, in No.512 Squadron, passed an instructor’s course in September 1940, shortly after completing his training. From then until November 1943, he completed 1,783 hours instructional flying. During this period, which covered service in Canada, he held the posts of Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Chief Examining Officer and Chief Instructor. In January 1944, Squadron Leader Mostyn-Brown returned to this country and, on posting to Transport Command, he formed Nos.1310, 1311, 1312 (T) Flights and No.5 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit. In August 1944, he was posted to No.107 Operational Training Unit where, as Flight Commander, he completed 126 hours instructional flying. As Squadron Leader Flying, this officer was then posted to No.512 (Transport) Squadron in November 1944 where he has completed another 50 hours flying. Squadron Leader Mostyn-Brown’s keenness, loyalty and organising ability, and the fact that he has shown these qualities in such a short period of service with this unit, are worthy of the highest commendation.

    Given his postwar RCAF career (and if he has been dead 20 years or more) I might be able to access his file for more.

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    Hello Hugh,

    I found my father, George Thomas Joseph Waite, on your list.

    Is it possible to get some more details? I would be extremely grateful!

    WAITE, George Thomas Joseph, Acting Flight Sergeant - BEM - 450614 - 18 Sqn - RAF

    Many thanks for your great work.

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    WAITE, George Thomas Joseph, Acting Flight Sergeant (563743, Royal Air Force) - No.18 Squadron - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/9056, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation.

    Flight Sergeant Waite has served with this squadron since July 1940 as a Fitter and has played no small part in the quick turn-around and repair of aircraft operating in the campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Despite appalling weather and difficult operating conditions he set an outstanding example of cheerful endeavour and, by his excellent technical skill and general efficiency, he proved himself to be a very valuable member of his squadron. The high standard of serviceability of aircraft which was maintained was largely due to this airman’s untiring efforts.

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    Many thanks, Hugh. That means a great deal to me.

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