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    Default Sevice Numbers 35 Sqn 1938 request

    Hello,
    Can anyone provide the service numbers of the following two chaps from 35 Sqn RAF Cottismore

    F/O Wardell
    Sgt Boggis

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    Chris

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    Hi Chris,

    Couple of possibilites:

    37140 S/L (Pilot) Richard Neville WARDELL RAF
    PoW 13-8-1940. No.82 Sqn Blenheim IV R3829. BCL1/98.

    905397 Sgt (Obs.) John William Rolfe BOGGIS RAFVR
    + 21-7-1941. No.76 Sqn. Halifax I L9533. BCL2/95

    Both need confirmation from another source.

    Col.
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    Col,
    I had JWR Boggis as a possibilty.

    Thanks

    Chris

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    I might have it wrong, but in 1938 F/O Wardell would not have had a service number, in line with the Navy not issuing Officers with s/ns. The pre-War officers who were still in service into the war years did on the whole seem to acquire service numbers.
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    Alan,
    Now throws a cat amongst the pigeons!

    Chris

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    There is a list on this site of service number allocation dates for RAF men could indicate when Boggis joined

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    Chris,

    Looks as if J W R Boggis is a non-starter.

    900000-934899 UK enlistments, Uxbridge. September 1939-June 1940.

    See: Aces High Vol.2/Shores p.17

    Col.

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    OK, so I chucked in a moggy, and here is what the LG serves up in the way of pigeon on toast.

    Issue 34145, 25 Mar 35
    Richard Neville WARDELL granted short commission at the rank of Acting Pilot Officer, seniority 16 Mar 35

    Issue 34276, 21 Apr 36
    Richard Neville WARDELL regraded to Pilot Officer, 15 Mar 36

    Issue 34439, 28 Sep 37
    Promoted to Flying Officer, 15 Sep 37

    Issue 34562, 18 Oct 38
    Promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant, 15 Sep 38

    Issue 34733, 14 Nov 39
    Richard Neville WARDELL (37140) Promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 15 Sep 39

    So, in short he gained his service number at some point during 1939.

    Now to Boggis, there is a Peter James Somerville Boggis, promoted from Acting Pilot Officer to Pilot Officer as of 15 May 40. He was graded as P/O on probation on the 18th Feb 40. I can't trace an initial Commission on the LG at the moment, but he would certainly have been in the RAF pre war and he is listed under Royal Air Force rather than VR which also indicate probable pre war entry into the service.
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    Boggis won a DFC for attack in Dec 1941 on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest which date ?? He is listed 15 Sqn


    His serial number then was:

    Flying Officer Peter James Somerville BOGGIS (42457), No. 15 Squadron.

    No indication if he was pilot or crew he certianly survived the war and had a long career in RAF

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    Alan. Paul,
    I bow to your superior knowledge,

    Thank you for sorting that out. I am glad to put the exact names to the chaps

    Chris

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