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    Default Seeking ID of 145 Sqn. RAF Pilots

    I am looking to further identify or add missing info for the following 145 Sqn. pilots:

    Lt. John M.G. Anderson SAAF 328517V (middle names?)

    Lt. Selwyn M. Greene SAAF 207351V (middle name?)

    F/Sgt. (later P/O) D. J. McKay RCAF [He was formerly with 213 Sqn. Possibly R80210 Donald James McKay (J18658)]

    W/O A. S. Martyn RAF [probably 1293031 Alan Spencer Martyn]

    P/O H. F. Norman [This one is is a head scratcher: he was posted in on 18 Nov. 41 from 53 OTU and is shown as "P/O H. F. Norman (Sth Africa)" This is the only reference to his initials I could find in the ORB. Now if he was a South African serving in the RAF he should appear in the Air Force List, however I do not find him there for 1941-2, nor anyone named Norman who was a pilot with the rank of P/O! He is last mentioned in the Form 541 on 15 July 42.]

    P/O S. D. Osborn RAF [in the 145 ORB the name is sometimes shown as "Osborne" but is most likely 748249 Stanley Deryck Osborn (109707) who later died while serving with 154 Sqn. as a Flt.Lt.]

    W/O N. S. Powell RAF

    F/Sgt. MacArthur Powers, Jr. RAF [What was his service number? An American who transferred to the USAAF at the end of 1942 and claimed 5 vics. in one day with 324th FG. However "Stars & Bars" does not list his RAF number.]

    Sgt. E. A. Stott RAF [There are a couple of candidates listed in AIR 78.]

    Thanks for any input,
    Tom

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    Default Re: Seeking ID of 145 Sqn. RAF Pilots

    Tom,

    Selwyn Merton Greene (10 July 1923 - 14 June 1986)

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    Dave

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    Great, Dave, many thanks. Can you site the source for me?

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    Tom

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    Thanks, Dave. Interesting to see that he changed his last name somewhere along the line.

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    Default Re: Seeking ID of 145 Sqn. RAF Pilots

    Tom,
    P/O H F Norman is I believe
    R74802 Hereward Francis NORMAN j6497 RCAF
    Commissioned from Sgt wef 28/07/1941
    https://recherche-collection-search....&IdNumber=7139
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    Later served on 74 Squadron
    Chris

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    Default Re: Seeking ID of 145 Sqn. RAF Pilots

    Hi Tom,

    Lt. John M.G. Anderson SAAF 328517V - John Maitland Gatherer ANDERSON

    https://www.google.cz/books/edition/...kptab=overview

    656032 Norris Stanley POWELL (174224)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/all-not...s-page-size=10


    Stanley Deryck Osborn of Watford, Hertfordshire - CWGC

    Pilot Officer S.D. Osborn of Watford - No.602 Squadron on aircraft "WILLENHALL". Osborne claimed (602 Sqn) 4 damaged fighters.

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ject/205445567
    https://www.whtildesley.com/news/12/2020/101

    Spitfire Mk.Vb AD251 WILLENHALL 602Sq 22-9-41 - 23-11-41 FSgt LJ Burke (RCAF)+

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    Mojmir
    Last edited by vrajm; 3rd September 2023 at 19:22.

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    Many thanks, Chris. This explains why he was not found in the RAF Air Force Lists. It is curious that he was identified in the ORB as a South African. I suppose it is possible that he was in fact South African but was in Canada when the war broke out and enlisted there.

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    Mojmir, thanks so much. Great info as usual. I suspected that the 602 Osborn was the same as the 145 and 154 Osborn.

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    Tom

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    Default Re: Seeking ID of 145 Sqn. RAF Pilots

    Tom,

    The South African connection comes from his father, Trevor (born Wallington, Surrey 4 December 1885) service as a member of the South African Police Force.

    Norman was born Vrede, Orange Free State, South Africa 24 September 1913. Postwar flew aerial surveys for the British Columbia government. Deceased Sidney, BC 14 May 1983.

    Regards,

    Dave

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