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    Hi , sorry about this message , but i had hoped you may be able to help me out , it is with regard to an old thread you posted on this forum concerning SGT THOMAS LEON MINCHER RAF Pilot , killed 5/12/42 , for sometime now i have been looking into RAF SINGLE SEAT FIGHTER OTU's , i came across a picture showing SPITFIRE N3199 , CODED MV-O , FLYING THE SPIT WAS SGT MINCHER ? , it is the same picture that you posted with the thread , i was very interested as the pic does indeed show the spit with 53 OTU CODE LETTERS AND N3199 did serve with 53 OTU among others , But it seems that SGT MINCHER DID NOT SERVE WITH 53OTU 56 OTU BEING THE OTU MENTIONED , please forgive my asking but for the sake of clarity do you know if SGT MINCHER SERVED AT 53 OTU ? EITHER WAY I WOULD BE MOST INTERESTED TO HEAR FROM YOU WITH REGARD TO THIS AS BOTH 53 AND 56 ARE WITHIN MY FEILDS OF INTEREST AND IT WOULD BE GOOD TO CLARIFY WHICH UNIT HE SERVED WITH , HE MAY HAVE BEEN AT BOTH POSSIBLY AS AN INSTRUCTOR ? BUT I WOUDL LIKE TO FIND OUT IF YOU CAN HELP I WOULD BE MOST THANKFULL TO YOU BEST WISHES PHILL
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    hi my name is adam wells.my grandfather is j.h.rayns. he was mid upper with 467 (s sugar) on all the ops in 1943 you mentioned. if you need any infomation please ask.
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    Hi Snapper - my name is Georgia and my grandfather George Martin was a member of the 609th. I was googling and found him in several photos posted by yourself. Pop flew many missions and was shot down on D Day and hidden by the Resistance for 3 months before being liberated by the Allies. He was awarded the DFC when he returned to England. My Grandmother was English and one of the first radar operators in the WAF. They married after the war and came back to Australia several years later. What is your connection??
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    From the posts that I have read, you seem to be the one to ask about 609 squadron. My great uncle flew with them, J.D. Buchanan RCAF. I am trying to learn more about the squadron and trying to find pictures. I am hoping that you may be able to help. Thank you.
  5. 81620 Pilot Officer Vernon Charles ‘Shorty’ Keough

    From Brooklyn, New York, Keough was a pre-war professional parachutist who had made over 500 jumps at shows and fairs in America. With fellow American pilots Andy Mamedoff and Red Tobin he volunteered to fight the Russians in Finland when the Second World War started. With no success they travelled to France from Canada to join l’Armee de l’Air but were again rebuffed and joining with two Czech pilots they attempted to steal a French Potez bomber aircraft. The attempt failed and the French guards shot the two Czechs. Making their way to the UK they were accepted by the RAF and on 5th July 1940 were sent to No.7 OTU on Spitfires at Hawarden. Keough joined 609 Squadron at Middle Wallop on 8th August 1940 under S/Ldr Darley. Being only 4ft 10in tall Keough had to sit on 2 cushions in his Spitfire. On 19th September 1940 the three Americans were posted as the first recruits to the newly formed 71 (Eagle) Squadron at Church Fenton. Over the next few months the squadron began to take shape and received its first Hurricanes on November 7th, being sent to RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey later that month. They were pronounced operational in February 1941 and moved to Martlesham Heath in Suffolk. On 15th February 1941 Pilot Officer Keough was flying Hurricane E7606 (verify?) from Kirton in Lindsey on a convoy patrol when he went into cloud and on emerging was both too fast and too low to avoid crashing into the sea. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

    read the Few by Alex Kershaw. I suplied him with shedloads of info for that and he did a great job.
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    Hi Snapper. Just read your post concerning H S Darley. Noticed your interest in 609 SQN and wondered if you had similar info re V C Keough. I live in Lincolnshire and Keough was based here when he crashed off the Lincs coast in 1941. Any info (in addition to that contained in Men Of BoB by Kenneth Wynn) much appreciated. Many thanks.
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