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Quoting: Helen Kendall
My uncle, Thomas David Hawke, no; 1831785 searved in the WW2. He started in 8 squadron, no 1 wing at milford lodge western super mare.He is deceased now, but I and my mum,his sister, are trying to find out more about his carear in the RAF. In his obituary it says that he was assigned to 270 squadron, flew sunderlands and other planes as an air gunner on coastal command and finished as a warrant officer. He had a distinguished carear and left in 1947. he flew to W.Africe,Nigeria and other places. Also we know he was in AC 2 B squadron-2wing in locking wWestern super mare. If anyone can help my mum and I, we would be eternally gratefull. We do also know he was a rear gunner and 1 of the very few to survive. Thankyou.
From the Tutorials on the FWR website:
Royal Air Force
Prior to 1922 Officers, and Airmen serving before 1924 are held at The National Archives. Records for Airmen and Officers serving after these dates are held by the RAF. These records are retained by Service Number, Rank and Full Name, and will also contain the Date of Birth. It is important that as much information as possible can be provided in order to locate the correct record.
For current and former airmen a search document must be completed or in the case of family members of deceased airmen a completed search document and, a Certificate of Kinship must accompany along with the appropriate fee. These forms can be downloaded from this site and the address as to where to send them is also given. http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/raf.html
It must be accepted as a principle that the rifle, effective as it is, cannot replace the devastation produced on the enemy by the speed of the horse, the magnetism of the charge, and the terror of cold steel. - British Army Cavalry training manual 1907