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    Default Roy H. 'Kelly' WALKER (RCAF) J.9415

    Hello,

    Does anyone know in which units S/L Walker served before taking command of 441 Sqn in August 1944?

    Thanks in advance

    Phil

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    From Hugh Halliday's Honours and Awards database:

    WALKER, S/L Roy Henry (J9425) - Mention in Despatches - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Stamford Centre, Ontario (Niagara Falls); enlisted in Hamilton, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Very experienced, with No.416 Squadron he had destroyed a FW.190 (13 May 1943) and damaged a Bf.109 (27 July 1943). Commanded No.441 Squadron, 26 August 1944 to 7 August 1945. Shared in destruction of a Bf.109 (18 September 1944) and damaged two Bf.109s (25 September 1944).Photo PL-45116 shows the following pilots of No.441 Squadron on Mustang nose: A.A. Smith (Vancouver), F/O G.D. Morrison (Montreal), F/L H.E. Derraugh (Sudbury), S/L R.H. Walker (Niagara Falls), F/O G.E. Heasman (Toronto), and F/O J.A. McIntosh (Bobcaygeon, Ontario). See The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years, pp.91 and 108 and The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.191-92 and 273.

    Obituary here:

    http://www.legionmagazine.com/en/lastpost/details.asp?tfm_order=ASC&tfm_orderby=Unit&alpha=W &offset=5950&LastPostData_ID=172586

    Note both Hugh and the obituary have his service number as J9425, not J9415.

    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    Many thanks. As for the service number, Hugh may be right. The confusion comes from the ORB, which gives J.9415 during August and September 1944, but is altered to J.9425 afterwords.

    Phil

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