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    Default Who was Sgt. F. Watson?

    Does anyone have an F. Watson on one of their Squadron's that fits the below desription, please? Mainly, I am seeking forename(s) and service number, but any other additional information on this chap would be good.

    F. WATSON
    Sergeant Pilot, RAFVR
    Born 8 Jun. 19??
    Educated King George V School, Southport
    Joined RAFVR, Padgate, 29 May 1940
    1 RC Babbacombe, 2 Jul. 1940
    5 ITW, Torquay, 17 Jul. 1940
    7 EFTS, Desford, 21 Sep. 1940
    9 SFTS, Hullavington, 4 Dec. 1940
    57 OTU, Hawarden, 23 Apr.-1 Jun. 1941
    58 OTU, Grangemouth, 1 Jun.-13 Jul. 1941
    41 Sqn, Catterick/Merston, 14 Jul.-21 Aug. 1941
    19 Sqn, Coltishall, 21 Aug.-ca. 16 Nov. 1941

    Subsequent postings, promotions and movements unknown.

    Any help, hints or suggetions would be appreciated.

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    Steve
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    Hello Steve,

    A Sgt Watson is indeed mentioned in Derek Palmer's "Fighter Squadron", about No. 19 Squadron. On 29th August 1941, he was "Red 2" and, I quote :
    "climbed with his leader [F/L VOKES] and followed him into the attack on a Bf-110. He then got on the tail of another Bf-110 and attacked it from astern at 150 yards range. Part of the enemy aircraft, which Sgt Watson could not identify, flew off and he then had to break away." (page 211).
    Page 213 : 8th November 1941, he was "White 2" and when "White 1" (Sgt Sokol)'s RT became u/s shortly after crossing the coast, he took the lead. At 0855 hours Sgt Sokol sighted a Ju-88 at 30 to 50 feet and was unable to attrack Sgt Watson's attention. Sokol then engaged this Ju-88, lost it in the haze, then saw another one, or the same, and attacked again. Sgt Watson saw nothing of the combat.

    I haven't found him in TOE or Aces High, and he doesn't seem to be recorded by the CWGC (12 F. Watsons, but none seems to match).

    Joss

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    A Flt Lt F Watson DFC, "previously reported missing, now presumed killed... as no CWGC entry, hopefully survived - see Flight archives August 30th 1945. Either a late European report or he's moved to Far East. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1945/1945%20-%201745.html

    The F/Sgt K White immediately following seems to be
    Name: WHITE, KENNETH
    Initials: K
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 189 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 08/03/1945
    Service No: 1593734
    Additional information: Son of William James White and Gerty White, of Skegness, Lincolnshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 26. A. 2.
    Cemetery: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY

    so perhaps a late (and incorrect) report for Watson? Where is Holmes when you need him?

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    Might be worth contacting the school. That sort of school kept track of their old boys and might have details...
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    At least he's NOT on their RoH.....
    http://www.kgv.ac.uk/og/og_index.htm

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    Steve,

    It's a very long shot but you could try placing a letter seeking his whereabouts/asking if anyone remembers him in the local newspaper, the "Southport Visiter". The editor can be contacted at andrew.edwards@liverpool.com The paper's website is at http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/.

    Brian

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    Hi guys

    Thanks for all your help and suggestions. I'm writing to the Old Boys society again. I did once before but got no response so I am trying again. Failing that, I'll try Brian's suggestion of e-mail the local paper (thanks for the details).

    Regards
    Steve
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    Thanks to Phill Jones of RAF Commands, I now have a possible contender for identiofying my mystery "F. Watson":

    An AM1180 Air Accident Card indicates that an LAC 1050926 F. Watson had a flying accident (heavy landing, under carriage collapse) at 9 SFTS on 24 Feb 1941, which fits the timeframe of 'my' F. Watson.

    However, I cannot find him in the CWGC listings, in the London Gazette (e.g. being commissioned), in Ross' POW list, or anywhere else on the 'net.

    Does anyone have a man with the NCO number 1050926 anywhere in their files, please?

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    Steve
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    Air 78 1050926 was Frank Watson

    FreeBMD check might confirm a Registration in stockport with what you have
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 18th January 2013 at 09:25.

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    Thanks Paul

    That's a great help.

    Not sure I follow what you mean about Stockport, though. Did you mean Southport, perhaps?

    Looking at the Lancs births between 1916 and 1922, there are about a dozen possibilities, so I'll need to dig a little deeper.

    Thanks for your help

    Cheers
    Steve
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