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    Default F/L Michael O'Donovan 267 Sqn

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    Does anyone have any details on Rhodesian F/L Michael O'Donovan who was a pilot on 267 Sqn in 1944? I have checked LG, but either he is not there or I am unable to find him.
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    Hi,

    64888 F/L M O'Donovan (F/L 27-2-43) Air Force List October 1945

    London Gazette
    904142 Sgt - Pilot Officer 3-5-1941 seniority 27-2-41

    Also LG 27-6-1944 Issue 36589

    Conferred by the President of the Republic of Poland

    Virtuti Militari 5th Class !
    F/L Michael O'DONOVAN 64888 RAFVR

    Mark

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    Hmm, what do you say, old fart?
    Thanks!
    Anyone have his birth and deathdate, unless he is still alive, of course?

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    Default Brave man - Under valued

    In 1944 267 Sqn flew several missions into fields in Poland, a la' Lysanders to fields in France, to drop off/pick up agents and 'hi valu' assets. They were called WILDHORN sorties.

    This man flew the second of these sorties but received no recognition from the RAF (the first pilot got a DFC, the third a DSO). Each crew was accompanied by an experienced Polish special duties pilot, who acted as co-pilot.

    When you consider the distances from Italy to Poland and return, these were remarkable achievements. If it is of interest, I will post the text of a presentation I made last year about Poland, the Warsaw Uprising and the WILDHORN sorties: it goes on a bit and I don't know if it will upload.

    As to the orginal question - don't know what happened to him post-war or if he is still with us.

    OldRotor

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    There were three Wildhorn (or Most as known in Poland) missions flown. The fourth was turned back when over Yugoslavia and it consisted full Polish crew. Yesterday evening I have learned that Jacek Błocki, who flew Wildhorn II together with O'Donovan, passed away on sunday.
    There is very little known on RAF crew, who took part in those missions.

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