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    Default Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Hi everyone, I'm looking for any images of flying officer Mervyn James DFC , service number 146930 , previously 1339046 or 1339048

    Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Lancaster III ME808 IBCC


    Death of Death 1944-06-22 Age : 34 years.


    Served in 49 Sqdn


    Burial/Commemoration Details : Joint grave IVa. F. 6. at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium (Map)


    More Details: SON OF WILLIAM ARTHUR AND MARGARET ELLEN FRANCES JAMES, OF GLYN NEATH, GLAMORGAN.

    https://www.rafcommands.com/database...php?qnum=23101

    Ive searched ancestry with no luck , i appreciate your time , Thanks in advance,
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    Default Re: Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Hello,

    He was awarded the DFC for his time on No. 61 Squadron.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/4619

    You may want to enquire here: http://www.no-50-and-no-61-squadrons-association.co.uk/

    He was a Flying Officer, not Flight Officer.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Default Re: Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Hello ,
    I have some photo's from 3 crewmembers and from the crashsite , but unfortenally not from F/O Mervyn
    Regards
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    Default Re: Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Thankyou I'll look into them .

    Quote Originally Posted by alieneyes View Post
    Hello,

    He was awarded the DFC for his time on No. 61 Squadron.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/4619

    You may want to enquire here: http://www.no-50-and-no-61-squadrons-association.co.uk/

    He was a Flying Officer, not Flight Officer.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Default Re: Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Thankyou , wouldn't mind seeing them if thats ok ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alain12 View Post
    Hello ,
    I have some photo's from 3 crewmembers and from the crashsite , but unfortenally not from F/O Mervyn
    Regards
    Alain12

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    Default Re: Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Also I'm interested to know the abbreviations on this part of flight logbook , such as exercise, he appears of been doing flights in Africa , thankyou in advance

    https://i.postimg.cc/fTGZpmKc/20231130-093147.jpg
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    Default Re: Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Avro Ansons could accomodate several trainee aircrew in the cabin, Airspeed Oxfords two.

    The identities of the two Oxfords "3326" and "3344" are highly likely RAF serials V3326 and V3344, of the batch of 250 delivered between Jul 1940 and May 1941: both aircraft are known to have been allocated to Southern Rhodesia in March 1941, where there was indeed an aircrew training program. (Source: RAF a/craft serials, Oxfords, plus Halley RAF Aircraft T1000-V9999 (AB 1997)

    The identities of the Ansons are shown only by a/craft letter and so only checkable from the Unit Operations Record Book, if known and such detail recorded, or James' Flying Log Book if noted individually in more detail. Inconsistency in detail, and abbreviaton of detail, are all too common in war-time individual and unit records.

    Log Book training flights abbreviations:

    N basic Nav exercises by number eg (not in order) pinpoint by map, air plot, wind by drift.
    MR Map Reading
    DR Dead reckoning (estimate current posn from course, speed, time elapsed and thus distance, with wind + drift adj from previous known posn)

    If you have the complete RAF Flying Logbook for Flying Officer James, there'd be a list of his postings in the back pages.

    If you know all the Sqns he was posted to (49 Sqn, 61 Sqn) , you can look at the Operations Record Book/s for the period, for his ops with them.
    TNA UK digital images of Sqn Ops Record Books free to download on regn of email, see key lists here
    https://www.rafcommands.com/database/air27/index.php,
    enter Sqn no, then follow links to TNA UK.

    Operations Record Books are held for other flying units, but only those for Squadrons have been digitised.
    Someone else here may be well versed in Southern Rhodesia aircrew training c1942.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 30th November 2023 at 07:56. Reason: clarify: Oxford
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    Default Re: Looking for image of Mervyn James DFC 146930 KIA @ Antwerp

    Hello,

    The Ansons and Oxfords mentioned in the Log belonged to the SAAF. In particular, No.47 Air School:
    Part of No.1 Air Observer and Navigator from Prestwick to South Africa, becoming 7 AONS at Queenstown on 27 January 1941. It was later renamed 47 AS and classified as a Combined "B" Type School, undertaking navigation and bombing training. Ansons were used throughout, being initially coded XA to XZ and XAA to XNN. by 1944 this had changed to a series ranging from X-B2 to X-T9. The unit disbanded on 7 April 1945.

    Avro Anson.

    Known codes/serials.

    First systems:

    XC 1191
    XE 1187/4240
    XO 3117
    XQ 3208
    XS 1143/1215
    XT 3210
    XU 3211
    XX 3104
    XZ 3156
    XBB 3170/3171
    XGG 3218
    XHH 1191

    See:
    The Anson File.
    Sturtivant, Ray.
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain (Historians),1988.
    pp.250-63.

    Airspeed Oxford.

    SAAF units to which Oxfords were allocated were:

    47 Air School (47 AS); formed at 7 AONS at Queenstown 27.1.41 and later retitled; classes as a Combined 'B' Type School using mainly Ansons; some Oxfords received from Sep. 41 and coded in ZA-ZZ series, unit disbanded 7.4.45.
    ----------SAAF serial--Former RAF -------------History----------------------.
    Oxford ---- 3326 -----------?------. 47 AS 27.9.41; 26.AS 8.43-21.11.44: SOC 3.3.45.
    Oxford -----3344 -----------?------. 47 AS 18.11.41; 21 AS 10.9.43; 62 AS 16.5.44-5.1.45; SOC 14.6.45.

    See:
    The Oxford, Consul & Envoy File.
    Hamlin, John F.
    Tunbridge Wells:Air-Britain (Historians),2002.
    pp.234-45.

    Col.
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