Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

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Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by 78SqnHistory » Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:55 pm

Greetings,

I am looking for some assistance in identifying some of the 400 or so Canadians who served as part of 78 Squadron. Any further detail, photos or information would be greatly appreciated. Here are the first ones:

R204598 FSGT W AGNEW. NAVIGATOR

R186102 FSGT H T ALSOP. WOP

R220991 SGT R F ANDERSON AG

R72536 SGT A K BALLEN. WOP

R171542 FSGT R BARCLAY. BOMB AIMER

Any information welcome.

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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by Temujin » Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:10 pm

Daz, I’m looking......while I was looking I’m spotting names and information so I thought, although not on your list, since I’ve on the page I’ll copy it and send it to you.....you may have these but I thought it wouldn’t hurt

So here’s a bunch of articles I’ve found on various 78 Squadron members
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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by Temujin » Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:16 pm

78SqnHistory wrote:
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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by Temujin » Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:45 pm

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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by 78SqnHistory » Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:21 am

Many thanks for this, much appreciated. Interestingly Gourley was not 78 Squadron but was 76 Squadron. Halifax Mk I L9529 was lost on ops to La Palace and was shot down by fighters; four of the crew were killed and 3 taken POW.

John Erricker who is mentioned in one of the articles was a wonderful man who sadly passed away a number of years ago. He set himself the task of contacting the relatives of all those who had lost their lives with 78 Squadron and where possible obtain information about them. He was a most humble and unassuming gentleman and was key in developing my own interest with the Squadron.

Thanks once again.

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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by 78SqnHistory » Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:46 am

Here is a better image of Sidney Peterson from my collection.

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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by 78SqnHistory » Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:52 am

Whilst I am still making progress, I would be grateful for any assistance with identifying or providing details for the following RCAF personnel who served with 78 Squadron:

R262463 FSGT BARR G- he also served with 35 Squadron as a Pathfinder
R167358 WO BIGGS W G
R223431 FSGT BRONFIELD W G
R194260 SGT BROWN N R
R116900 SGT BUCHANAN T - Later commissioned
R189606 FSGT BURGESS K
R255284 FSGT CAMPBELL M L
R280171 FSGT CLARK L E
R188350 WO CODY R D
R271674 SGT. CONNORS. P
R177350 WO. COVENEY. F M
R65825 SGT. CRAINE R M
R279310 SGT CROFT R S
R203114 FSGT. DARANI H
R218033 FSGT. DAVEY L C
R263486 SGT. DAVIDSON T
R224499 FSGT. DAVIES M P
R256432 FSGT. De ROSE. N
R155994 WO. DEANE S M
R290378 SGT DEBKO W R
J41780 FO. DICKENS E L
R85360 SGT. DICKENS T E
J42211 PO. DIMMER A G
J6139 FLT. DOBBIN K C
R2930378 SGT. DOBO W R
R252937 FSGT. DOUGAN D P
J42222 FO. DOUGLAS D

Any information, photos, etc., greatly appreciated

Thanks

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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by Temujin » Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:00 pm

78SqnHistory wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:52 am
Whilst I am still making progress, I would be grateful for any assistance with identifying or providing details for the following RCAF personnel who served with 78 Squadron:

J42211 PO. DIMMER A G

Any information, photos, etc., greatly appreciated

Thanks

Daz
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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by 78SqnHistory » Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:26 pm

Many thanks, much appreciated. He arrived on 78 Squadron just before the end of the war, on the 21st April 1945 coming from Number 74 Base. He was a Navigator.

Thanks again

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Re: Canadians serving with 78 Squadron 4 Group

Post by 78SqnHistory » Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:17 am

The next batch that I am looking for assistance with:

R187339 ELLIS N G
R18488 ELLIS R
R269346 EMERSON D B
R279374 FAUBERT C
J23940 FEARNLEY J
R190112 FELTUS F R
R223054 FERRAULT B
R207309 FETTERLY G
R198759 FISHER D F
R197062 FITZGERALD L D
R270991 FOSTER J
R259547 GARNER E
R279448 GARTON G
R252734 GIFFEN J B
R192455 GILCHRIST R
J38330 GOMES L E
R201308 GOODMAN C
R217194 GREEN E
J90884 GREEN W E
R212302 GREGORY P
R203106 HADWYN R D

Any assistance greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Daz

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