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    Hi to all,

    Iím currently preparing a conference for next late September at Guipavas, near Brest, France, about all the planes crashed there during WW II. There would be around 12 different aircraft from all nations that fell here, and the aim is to pay a tribute to them, and to try to learn some more about some unidentified (at least two).

    May somebody have any other information about the loss of Whitley V Z6741 on the night of 4-5/7/41.

    Sgt. DUCKERS Glyn George ( Obs, 967901, RAFVR) was 20. Son of Arthur Percy and Anne Ellen Duckers, of Heaton Park, Lancashire. Buried Plot 40. Row 1. Joint grave 14-15.
    P/O KERR Robert Ernest ( Pilot, 43295, RAFVR) was 24. Son of Ernest and May Clarabel Kerr, of Ingleburn, New South Wales, Australia. Bruried Plot 40. Row 1. Grave 13.
    Sgt. KING Kenneth Albert ( W/AG, 966959, RAFVR) was 21. Son of Albert Edgar and May King, of Ruislip, Middlesex. Buried Plot 40. Row 1. Joint grave 14.
    Sgt. WOOD Edwin ( W/AG, 989818, RAFVR) was 25. Son of Edwin and Clara Wood, of Oughtibridge, Yorkshire. Buried Plot 40. Row 1. Grave 16.
    The whole crew was buried at Brest Kerfautras Cemetery.

    What I have, crash site know, Guipavas, remains (just a little one), picture of graves, picture of the tail in the field. What Iím looking for, picture of the plane or a ę big Ľof another 51 Sqn Whitley, or crew, contact with relatives, ORB form 540/541, road followed by aircraft, Ö


    Thanks for your help
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    Gildas

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    Hi

    I found your post here while researching this aircraft, I was wondering if you had any luck with your questions?

    I have been after information on the registration of this aircraft - all sources list it as MH-? or MH-

    My interest is the pilot P/O KERR was a member of the Australian Air League youth group in the 30s and the local area unit is named for him

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    Regards,
    Brian

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    Hello Brian, and Welcome.

    A little on your man (who, incidentally, received a mention - https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../supplement/48 - see also p.42)

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104697695

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161966641

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article106209813

    Have you sighted a copy of the following publication?

    Twenty two Temporary Gentlemen.
    Harper,Helen.
    N.p.,:Author, n.d.

    Col.
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    Must apologise - never got a notification of your reply :-( and just refound

    Thank you for the NLA articles - that site is a treasure trove of information, slowly saving all the articles relating to the AAL

    I've not heard of that book - can you tell me more? (I've just purchased a copy 2nd hand online - sight unseen!)





    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello Brian, and Welcome.

    A little on your man (who, incidentally, received a mention - https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../supplement/48 - see also p.42)

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104697695

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161966641

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article106209813

    Have you sighted a copy of the following publication?

    Twenty two Temporary Gentlemen.
    Harper,Helen.
    N.p.,:Author, n.d.

    Col.

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    Hello,

    Basically, "Twenty two Temporary Gentlemen", tells the story of 22 Australians that were granted Short-Service Commissions in the RAF in 1939. It describes their journey, service, lives and deaths. Robert Ernest Kerr was one of the "Twenty two". Hope you enjoy the book.

    Col.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    Basically, "Twenty two Temporary Gentlemen", tells the story of 22 Australians that were granted Short-Service Commissions in the RAF in 1939. It describes their journey, service, lives and deaths. Robert Ernest Kerr was one of the "Twenty two". Hope you enjoy the book.

    Col.
    Excellent, I can't wait now!

    I did also discover the 51 SQN Operational Logs and purchased the relevant pages from the National Archives, again didn't actually answer my questions about the aircraft call sign

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    Basically, "Twenty two Temporary Gentlemen", tells the story of 22 Australians that were granted Short-Service Commissions in the RAF in 1939. It describes their journey, service, lives and deaths. Robert Ernest Kerr was one of the "Twenty two". Hope you enjoy the book.

    Col.
    Book arrived - quite interesting read overall. The section on Kerr was short sadly with a few factual errors. Will try to track down the author to learn more. Story of John Crossman - BoB Hurricane pilot was quite interesting though

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