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    Hi all,
    Can someone (Errol or David D) tell me where F/L Ormerod was posted to after leaving 75 squadron.
    The orb only mentions that on 2 August 1944 he was replaced by F/L Creagh as Squadron Navigation Leader.
    I'm keen to know where he went.

    Regards,
    Wayne.

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    Wayne,

    From Colin Hanson's 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999':

    ORMEROD, Squadron Leader Charles Fray, DFC, mid.
    NZ413340 & 70068; Born Gisborne, 23 Dec 1920; RNZAF 14 Jun 1941 to 18 Aug 1949, Res. to 1 Sep 1957; Navigator.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (9 Jun 1943): [75(NZ)Sqn RAF (Stirling)] An excellent navigator, Flying Officer Ormerod has completed a large number of operational sorties. Always cheerful and willing to undertake any task, he has set a splendid example of courage and energy to all ranks in his squadron. He has participated in raids against the most heavily defended towns in Germany. Completed two tours of duty with 75 Sqn.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (14 Jun 1945): For distinguished service and devotion to duty. At the time of this award Sqn Ldr Ormerod was serving as Station Navigation and Operations Officer at Mepal - the base of 75(NZ)Sqn.
    In the immediate post-war period, on secondment from the RNZAF, he flew with BOAC for a year on the London-Singapore route, joining 41 Sqn RNZAF (Dakota) on return to NZ. Station Navigation Officer, Whenuapai, 1947-1949.

    Not a complete answer to your query but David might be able add a little more.

    Errol

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    Thank you for your answer Errol.
    Two tours with 75 squadron is pretty impressive.
    Thanks again,
    Wayne.

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    Wayne,
    Do not have complete details as yet, but following shows the unit he was posted to after his service with 75 (NZ) Squadron. Note that his second tour was as a Leader, which meant that he was not required to fly any particular number of operations; his other responsibilities were paramount.
    David D

    ORMEROD, Pilot Officer (Flying Officer) Charles Fray, DFC, RNZAF.
    NZ413340 (70068) Navigator 75 Sqn 9 September 1942 to 23 May 1943. Crewed with Sgt J M Bailey, on ops 26/9 – 5/10/42 (Wellington), then attached to RAF Oakington 15/10 – 9/11/42 for Stirling conversion. On ops (Stirling) 20/11/42 - 4/5/43, then posted to 1651 CU (and subsequent service) Promoted to F/O w.e.f. 1/10/42 (in 11/42), re-classified as Navigator (B) w.e.f. 21/1/43; promoted to F/L w.e.f. 7/2/44, to S/L w.e.f. (date?) Also flew as a “Guest” navigator with Sqn October 1944, January 1945 including one with F/O W J Wakelin 29/1/45. Disembarked NZ (date?), tfd to Reserve (date?) Died Waikanae, 8 December 2003.

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    Unfortunately my copy of his log book is in storage back in NZ but Errol has it right with his entry re Mepal. Although there was a period as instructor at an HCU before Mepal. A most unsatisfactory answer, but it will be at least the end of the year before I get access to the logbook copy.
    Regards, Terry

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    Hello David,
    Thanks for the information.
    From the little I have read he seemed to be well liked and respected.
    If it is any help to you, the orb shows he arrived to take up the post
    of Navigation Officer on 7 March 1944. He flew as navigator on 16/17 March 44
    and 18/19 March 44 (both Stirling) again on 15/16 June 44 and 23/24 June 44
    (both Lancaster).

    Terry,
    You're lucky to have a copy of his log book. I often hear about them being thrown out
    when the person dies.
    Thanks again for the replies.

    Wayne.

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