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    Default Pilot Officer L Figgis Pilot Raf

    I am trying to find out more about this officer , sometime ago i carried out some in depth research into NO516 COMBINED OPERATIONS SQD, a sqd in which larry Figgis served during 1943/44 , from here he went ?.
    can amyone help me out with any information on this officer either before 516 or after .
    i seem to recall he went to 19 sqd Mustangs ??.
    any gen would be most helpfull
    i know he survived the war
    thanking anyone in advance

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    Phill,
    Yr man was a Plt Off RAFVR GD Branch from 10 Mar 44 to 10 Sep 44.
    David Lenox Figgis Enlisted (1625698) between Apr - Oct 1941 somewhere in UK.
    Commissioned P/Plt Off (164347) from LAC 10 Mar 44 (So unlikely to have been with 516 Sqn in 1943?).
    Promoted Fg Off 10 Sep 44.
    Promoted Flt Lt 10 Mar 46.

    Malcolm's rafweb site gives:

    No 516 Squadron

    Formed from No 1441 (Combined Operations) Flight at Dundonald on 28 April 1943, its role was to provide realistic training facilities to both combined operations training units in the Western Scotland area.

    This involved carrying out dummy attacks against both ground and naval forces, laying smoke screens, simulating gas attacks and tactical reconnaissance. In order to carry out these sorties, it used a wide range of types including Mustangs, Lysanders, Ansons, Blenheims and Hurricanes.

    The invasion of Normandy in June 1944, made the need for such a squadron redundant and it disbanded at Dundonald on 2 December 1944.

    Not a lot to go on, but at least something
    HTH
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    Phill, further to my last.
    Was looking for a few things entirely different. Came across the 516 Sqn website. Dates in that, and on the LG, for Figgis don't tie up? They call him Plt Off; LG hasn't even got him Commissioned?!!!
    Also, whilst trawling my way through The Times archive, several "x". L. Figgis's did tend to appear where 'L' is Lenox! Seems like a family tradition (at least in one branch!). Now my knowledge of geneaology is only such that it stops me making a fool of myself in polite company!!! I regret to suggest that your way forward may be via the geneaology and/or Fam Hist sites!! And may The Deity save all who sail in them!!
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    Default larry figgis ,

    Peter many thanks for getting back to me , some more gen has come to light from another source which will help , i have quite a lot on Figgis WHILE he was at 516 sqd , BUT NOTHING after or before this , His NAME being CLAUDE LAURENCE DUNDAS FIGGIS , i think he went to 19 sqd from 516 , flying MUSTANGS , and i think his son is the film director
    MIKE FIGGIS,
    i wrote a book for the AIRFEILD FOCUS series on RAF DUNDONALD home of 516
    see www.combinedops.com/516 , but thank you for replying phill

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    Hello,

    There's indeed a Flying Officer C.L.D. FIGGIS mentioned in the list of pilots (wrongly labelled roll of honour) in Derek Palmer's "Fighter Squadron", which is the history of No. 19 Squadron. The only other information is the year 1944. There's no name index, so one has to trawl the whole book in order to see if this pilot is mentioned somewhere. You may eventually check with you local library if you can borrow a copy.

    Joss

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    Hi Phill Jones, Just found this site and saw your remarks regarding Larry Figgis. I met Larry when I worked in a small design studio in Newcastle upon Tyne called Studio 14...It must have been around 1967-68 (I was born 1948). He used to visit the owner, who was Norwegian by birth. Larry told me he flew Mustangs during WW2, and said he flew from Acklington at one time...not sure when. He was quite the debonair character, most likeable with a sharp wit and ready laugh. He always wore a cravat, and smoked cigarettes from a cigarette holder. He had greying crinkly hair, slightly receding along the front of his head. He was quite self effacing. You may be able to find out more about Larry from his son Mike Figgis, a well known film director in the UK and also USA...sorry, don't know much about Mike, though he is a friend of a friend, Paul Shenton, whose father George Shenton was also a Spitfire Pilot, all of his planes he named after his wife 'Edna'. George served in the Far East mostly in Burma. He is in a photo in a book showing him escorting an Air Marshall (I think to Singapore), reported to be New Years Eve 1944. My father was able to show George this photograph by chance, and he recognised the Spitfire as his own 'Edna'. He was also able to correct the publishers caption to Jan 1st 1945. He remembered he was very hung over from the New Year's Eve bash in the Mess the night before and early morning, and was sucking in oxygen from his face mask when the photo was taken from the transport plane he was escorting. I hope you have some luck with Mike, and have enjoyed another little bit of history, Regards, Graeme

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    Hello Graeme,
    Thank you replying to my Thread re Larry Figgis , i have in the meantime since posting this thread found out a fair bit more on Larry Figgis and i now have several photo's of Him , it would also seem that both Larry and his wife were associated with Hemingway at some stage , yes i did make contact with Mike Figgis some yrs back but after an initial letter back and forth we lost touch and it seemed almost impossible to make contact again probably due to his Film activities but would very much like to make contact with Him again if you have any ideas ? Larry was in fact quite a character it woulds seem

    if you want to know more about him contact me off Forum and i can send you what i have !

    Many thanks Phill Jones

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    Hi Phill, Would love to see stuff you have on Larry.......you could emial to me at graeme-nicholson@blueyonder.co.uk.

    Sorry, I've made a couple of phone calls but like you no word on where Mike is right now...but if I hear any more of course I will contact you again. Good hunting, Cheers, Graeme

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    Hello Phill,

    Came across this thread as I'm doing some research on Larry who has my grandfather (and a family legend). I'd be really pleased to share with you what I have and see any photos/information you've managed to track down.

    Please feel free to email me at nofiggis@gmail.com

    All the best

    Nick Figgis

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    Nick i have sent you an E-mail

    Phill

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