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    Just spotted new category on Docs Online...

    These are from the Docs Online (The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Welcome) site describing the new records...

    Air Ministry Combat Reports (1939 - 1945)

    Monthly Summary of Encounters, April 1944, front page (Cat ref: AIR 50/299)

    This collection held in the series AIR 50 comprises Second World War combat reports of squadrons, wings and groups in Fighter, Bomber, Coastal Commands and Fleet Air Arm squadrons. The records cover Commonwealth and Allied units based in the United Kingdom including the United States Army Air Force.

    You can now search and download documents which contain the names of around 20,000 men. Until now these records have only been available on microfiche in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
    You can search details from all the surviving records by entering any or all of the following:

    * Forename(s)
    * Surname
    * Rank
    * Flight/Squadron
    * Date of combat

    The records mainly consist of either a printed Personal Combat Report or a Fighter Command Combat Report. There might also be correspondence and/or notes included with a report. the section below explores the records in more detail, using sample images
    A Pilot or air gunner returning from an operational flight where they had encountered enemy aircraft had to complete RAF Form "F". These forms recorded details such as:

    * date and time of the combat
    * squadron of the individual submitting the information
    * type and number of enemy aircraft
    * height and general location of where the encounter took place
    * whether the enemy aircraft was considered as a casualty
    * whether there were Allied aircraft losses and if so, type

    They would also give a detailed narrative of what actually happened. The pilot or air gunner would describe how many rounds they used, what hits they achieved and if the aircraft was destroyed, damaged or considered as probably destroyed.
    Last edited by Christine in Herts; 02-12-07 at 16:01. Reason: add the URL for the site
    Researching: BENNETT (Leics/Birmingham-ish) - incl. Leonard BENNETT in Detroit & Florida ; WARR/WOR, STRATFORD & GARDNER/GARNAR (Oxon); CHRISTMAS, RUSSELL, PAFOOT/PAFFORD (Hants); BIGWOOD, HAYLER/HAILOR (Sussex); LANCASTER (Beds, Berks, Wilts) - plus - COCKS (Spitalfields, Liverpool, Plymouth); RUSE/ROWSE, TREMEER, WADLIN(G)/WADLETON (Devonport, E Cornwall); GOULD (S Devon); CHAPMAN, HALL/HOLE, HORN (N Devon); BARRON, SCANTLEBURY (Mevagissey)...

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    Member Glen in Tinsel Knickers's Avatar
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    A useful link to help identify squadron numbers/locations and dates to use with the info found via the tip above is RAF History - Bomber Command 60th Anniversary
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50125734@N06/

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    Christine

    Found a ref to one of my unusual surnames, checked a few bmd bits via freebmd and added another rellie, a fourth cousin who made it to Major at some point.

    Wish i had the ancestry sub, i might find when he died/if he married.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50125734@N06/

    Joseph Goulson 1701-1780
    My sledging hammer lies declined, my bellows too have lost their wind
    My fire's extinct, my forge decay'd, and in the dust my vice is laid

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    Oh thats interesting, I guess it depends if they were on combat duties at that particular time though. Ill nip over and have a look, see if Dad (Bomber Command air gunner) is shown there.

    Glen, what do you want on ancestry?

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    No luck Suppose it was unlikely, such a small time span.

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    Hi Heather

    Just wondered if there was a death for Frank Job Goulson b1913. Could you check the post 84 for me?
    Awarded the DSO (announced in the London Gazette 17/01/1946).
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50125734@N06/

    Joseph Goulson 1701-1780
    My sledging hammer lies declined, my bellows too have lost their wind
    My fire's extinct, my forge decay'd, and in the dust my vice is laid

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    Pity, my dad's squadron isn't there.

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    Sorry Glen, no death after 1984 coming up. Is this his birth?

    Name: Frank J Goulson
    Year of Registration: 1913
    Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
    Mother's Maiden Name: Bates
    District: Newark
    County: Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire
    Volume: 7b
    Page: 979
    Last edited by Heather Positive Thinker; 02-12-07 at 01:30.

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    Member Glen in Tinsel Knickers's Avatar
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    Thats the one Heather, i suppose he might well have died well before '84 or possibly have gone abroad at some point.

    Looks like finding stuff could be a Major Job (sorry, couldn't resist)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50125734@N06/

    Joseph Goulson 1701-1780
    My sledging hammer lies declined, my bellows too have lost their wind
    My fire's extinct, my forge decay'd, and in the dust my vice is laid

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    Sorry to be ignorant, but I've googled 'docs online' and only found legal and government documents.
    Can you give me the link please?
    Alison

    Researching:
    CAVE, CUCKOW/COSHOW, DAKIN, GILBERT, GINN, HUXLEY, LEATT, LETTEN, PATTERSON, PERRY, PORTER, SOMMERVILLE, WEEDON, WHITING
    http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=1025
    http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=2650



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