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Ken MacLean

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Aviation, Canadian Expeditionary Force WW1, Genealogy.
  1. Frank, Any names attached to the awards you posted? I would like to search for them in the Canada Gazette. Cheers, Ken (MWO RCAF ret.)
  2. Not for wear on a uniform. This item appears to be a "sweetheart" badge; a gift for a wife, girlfriend, etc. There are quite a few similar items currently available on Ebay: http://www.ebay.ca/s...513&_pgn=1]HERE
  3. Pat, Legion Magazine "Last Post" entry. Lieutenant-Commander John O. Aitkens Died 9 May 2005 Age 83 Service Number 01380 Member of Kelowna branch. Cheers, Ken
  4. Leigh, 435662 Private Andrew Surtees is included in the Nominal Roll of the 50th Battalion sailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 27 October 1915 aboard S.S. "Orduna". http://www.archive.org/details/CEF_50thBattalion_1915 Cheers, Ken
  5. Christer, I suggest you try to obtain a copy of "Making for Sweden" (1999) by Swedish author Bo Widfeldt. A web search on this title will bring up many hits. This book contains an account of all British and Commonwealth airmen who were interned or died in Sweden during WW2. I corresponded with Bo several years ago seeking information about my brother-in-law, an RCAF pilot interned in Sweden, and he very kindly sent me some information (I could not find the book in Canada). Unfortunately, I no longer have Bo Wildfeldt's e-mail address. Bo Widfeldt is prominent in Swedish aviation history matters, so also suggest you have a look at the Swedish aviation websites. His name and perhaps contact info possibly found there. He also published a second "Making for Sweden" that documents USAAF airmen interned in Sweden. Cheers, Ken
  6. No need to sign up or register to view on-line files Leigh. At the NA Australia home page: http://www.naa.gov.au/ Select the drop-down "Collection" menu at the top of the page and click on "Record Search"; this will take you to a page where you may "Search Now as a guest". Selecting this option will take you to the search screen. Files which have been previously digitized for on-line viewing have a coloured icon beside them. Only necessary to register if you intend to correspond with them for purposes of arranging a personal visit to one of their archive locations or requesting digitization of a file. I believe the link that I posted above has timed-out, so you will have to go in "through the front door" as described above to access the service file.
  7. His service file (65 pages) is on-line at NA Australia. http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/ItemDetail...0&B=3510176
  8. Hello Alexandre, I found some information in the London Gazette. Both of these men served on RAF Squadrons, however they were not members of the RAF, but members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). I did not find any promotion info in the LG for either man but did find their award citations: LG 5 June 1942: Award of Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM). Aus: 402500 Sergeant Adrian Phillip GOLDSMITH, Royal Australian Air Force, No. 126 Squadron. "This pilot has destroyed at least 5 enemy aircraft. On one occasion he dived through a strong enemy fighter screen to destroy a bomber. When engaged by the fighters he shot one of them down." LG 3 July 1942: Award of Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) - rather long to type, here is the link to the LG page: http://tinyurl.com/6dpg2c Goldsmith's service file is available for viewing at National Archives of Australia. Go to this link, http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch.aspx then click on "Search Now-as a guest" and then enter his service number in the "Keyword" field. Sadly, his wife had been killed when the ship she was on was torpedoed in the Atlantic about one month before he was shot down and survived near Darwin, Australia (Spitfire BR526, 452 Squadron). I found only one mention of Waddy in the LG; his file has not been scanned, so not viewable at NA Australia. 21 June 1946: Mentioned in Despatches Aus. 402685 Squadron Leader John Lloyd Waddy.
  9. Robin, Suggest you post this question at www.rafcommands.com Many queries relating to Polish airmen serving in the RAF are posted on this forum. You will find posts there by Franek Grabowski, who may be able to provide info. Cheers, Ken
  10. Any identification on it ? Name, service number etc? Reason I ask is that he has the DFM ribbon up and if his name is known the citation for his award is available on-line. The RCAF had one Pathfinder Squadron, No. 405. However, as a member of the RCAF he could have served on an RAF Pathfinder Squadron. Cheers, Ken
  11. Snoopy, His Royal Highness Prince George, Duke of Kent. He was the fourth son of King George V, born 20 December 1902. He was killed in the crash of a Royal Air Force Sunderland flying boat in northern Scotland on 25 August 1942 while en route to Iceland. At the time of his death he was Chief Welfare Officer of the R.A.F. Home Command and had recently been promoted to the rank of Air Commodore. Cheers, Ken
  12. Perce, This could be your man's crash. From the London Times, a Lancaster from Lindholme crashing on 21 December 1948:
  13. Perce, You mentioned he died as result of an accident in 1948. Do you have his name and the circumstances of his death?
  14. Perce, He is wearing the "S" Brevet - Signaller. Perhaps not an award but something to do with that aircrew specialty?
  15. A new display in the Lebreton Gallery, Canadian War Museum.
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