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    Default F/O Forward, a photographer/correspondent of Air Ministry

    Hi
    Has anyone ever heard of the man? I am afraid, that with such a name I cannot use Google, and I do not have any other idea, where to follow with this unusual search.

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    Franek,

    The following Forward surnames appear in the Oct 1945 edition of the RAF Air Force List:

    89555 (initials C W)
    41167 (D)
    no number (E R)
    43442 (L)
    149852 (J M P)
    55429 (J R F)
    75566 (R G D)
    172323 (R V)
    104597 (W J E)

    A search of the London Gazette by number may help narrow down who your man is.

    Errol

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    Franek,

    Given the IWM has a large number of photographs taken by F/O Forward in their collection, have you thought of making an inquiry with their photographic department? It is possible that they may have more information from some of the original captioning details provided with the photographs in their collection?

    From a cold, wet and windy Canberra "Down Under"

    Regards
    Colin Ford
    Canberra
    Australia

    No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force 1940-1946
    Historian by Appointment
    (by the surviving Squadron members)

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    Hello Franek,

    This man?

    http://www.geni.com/people/John-Forward/6000000006230977245

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Edwin Ralph FORWARD, M.C. to be Pit. Off. in class CC. 26th Nov. 1941.

    Date:15 December 1942 Issue number:35827 Page number:5507
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.

    Edward Ralph FORWARD (133814) to be Flg. Off. (emergency). 17th Nov. 1942. (Seny. 1st Oct. 1942.)

    Gazette Issue 36451 published on the 31 March 1944. Page 7 of 10
    Transfer between -branches.
    Flg. Offs. to the Admin, and Spec. Duties Br.:
    E. R. FORWARD, M.C. (133814). 10th Mar. 1944.

    Gazette Issue 37651 published on the 12 July 1946. Page 3 of 6
    Commission resigned.
    Fig. Off. E. R. FORWARD, M.C. (133814) retaining the rank of Flt. Lt. 9th Mar. 1946.
    Dennis Burke
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    Hi chaps,

    I would like to wrote only how I am amazed!
    At the beginning I was afraid that it is impossible to find a man wich such a surname.

    But from my point of view the man provided by Finn looks much more the man you are looking for Franek.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    ", travelled the world, survived two crashes and was demobised in 1946 "

    Now ID'ing any of those crashes would be the icing on the cake!

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    I found this yesterday, but didn't think there was enough to go on to make it worth posting.

    17-01-1941

    Bristol Beaufort I L9862 MW-H of 217 Squadron took off with six other aircraft for an attack on the Admiral Hipper at Brest and the aerodrome at Vannes, France, but because of bad weather they returned early. On attempting to land in the dark the aircraft rounded out too high and dropped 50 feet onto the runway forcing the undercarriage up through the wings and shearing both engines from their mounts. The crew of F/O Forward, Sgts Rollo, Boddy & Martin were all knocked unconscious and found to have fractured spines.

    http://www.rafdavidstowmoor.org/pages/crash_log/crashlog41.html

    Spinal injuries could well have seen him transfer from GD to A&SD

    Jeff

    EDIT - Well, it won't be him as I've managed to get the year wrong. Must engage brain further!
    Last edited by RecklessRat; 25th June 2010 at 16:23. Reason: Asynchronicity between eyes and brain

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    Gents, it is just astonishing! I thought it would be as hopeless as the case of US photographer named, IIRC, Ellington. Many thanks!

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    Hmm..

    The Davidstow Moor entry is almost word for word from RAF Coastal Command Vol. 1.

    Took off along with six other aircraft of the squadron for an attack on the Hipper at Brest and the aerodrome at Vannes but returned within 2 hours because of bad weather. On landing at 19:45 hrs the aircraft was rounded out too high and dropped 50 feet onto the runway forcing the u/c up through the wings and shearing both engines off. All the crew were knocked unconscious and were found to have fractured spines when later examined in hospital.

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