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65 Squadron RFC. War Diaries

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JOSTURM

Can anyone tell me where I can see the dairies for 65 Squadron. Does anyone have them and willing to share ?

I am researching David Harden Scott.

Rgds

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Simon Birch

Hello Peter,

I have a complete set of the Squadron record books and combat reports. I also have pictures of Scott MC and (I Think) press cuttings. I will also have his AIR76 and you could also have whatever I have written about him. I am sure I have a picture of his grave.

PM me if you want copies (I am may need your postal address as from memory each page is 3mb - in which case I can arrange a CD for you) - although Scott was one of the earlier KIA's. I will not be able to reply until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest.

There are notes on this officer in this book: Diary Letters World Fighter Pilot by Christopher Burgess.

Can I ask what your interest is in Scott?

Best wishes,

Simon

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JOSTURM

Fantastic - I have his 15 Star.

Pete

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Lorne

Hello,

I am glad that I discovered this thread. I have a combat report filed by2nd. Lt. S.W. Crane dated 15.5.18 in which he report shooting down an Albatross.

I would very much like to find out more about him and 65 Squadron. I am also interested in researching a Canadian pilot who was in 65 Squadron by the name of Lt. Ernest Fredrick W. Peacock. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Please send me an e-mail when replying to this post (lbohn@shaw.ca) I don't want to miss a post and I'm not sure how to be notified by the forum. :rolleyes:

Best regards,

Lorne

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Simon Birch

Hi Lorne,

I will have a look for you on this; but it will be tomorrow. Will send over anything I have on you E-mail.

Best Wishes,

Simon

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MrRP Taylor

Sorry to be a pain.... :hypocrite:

I am trying to find details on 2/Lt 85712 Ralph Wood of the 65th who died in an 'aeroplane accident' on 18/10/1918 and is buried in Dunkirk CWGC. If anyone can help I would be very grateful.

Thanks

Richard

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Gordon Howe

Hello Peter, I find your forum so interesting , I’m Gordon Philip Howe, son of Major Gordon Percival Howe, I’m from Toronto ,Canada, my father went overseas with the first contingent , the Canadian expeditionary Force in 1914, served in France with the 9th Reserve Battalion, he was wounded and in 1917 Joined the RFC and was attached to 65th Squadron Jan.10/1917. I have his logbook and other papers and pictures. I his logbook it indicates he shot down 5 ea, enemy aircraft. I would appreciate any info you may have on the Squadron or my father . Thank you .Gordon Howe

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Simon Birch

Hello Gordon.

 

I have had a look at this and frankly am confused. I have found the AIR76 file for Gordon Percival Howe, from Edmonton Alberta, but this officer only completed this training just after the war ended, but who's rank and joining the R.A.F. is given as Major.

Based on this I am certain that this officer did not serve with 65 Squadron during their war service, I am more than happy to send you this officers file if you let me have an email address. However I did find, from 'The Roll of Service 1914-1919 / The War Book of Upper Canada College' a record that your father was sent to 65 Squadron in December 1918. If so it was for a shot period because he relinquished his commission on 24 Feb. 1919.

In 'Above the Trenches' by Shores, Franks and Guest, there is a Percy Frank Charles Howe, who did have 5 victories to his name, but came from Swaziland, and served with 74 Squadron not 65. 'Above the Trenches' is the complete record of Aces who served in the British Empire Squadrons so I would certainly have expected to find your father in there - but again no dice. However your fathers Canadian service file does note that he trained and later joined the RFC, and served with them in France, albeit for a short while during the spring of 1918.

 

So that is a long winded way of saying:

A. Your father did service with the RFC / RAF and served in France during the spring of 1918.

B. But he had no war service with 65 Squadron, and certainly did not score any victories with them.

C. I am certain he did not serve with 65 Squadron before they left for France in Nov. 1917.

 

It may be someone else can help you with another Squadron - and I am sorry this is a confused picture. If you want a copy of your fathers Canadian service file, or his much shorter RAF file let me have an e-mail address and I will forward them to you.

 

Simon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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pierssc

Gordon Percival Howe DID serve with 65 Squadron according to his casualty form

 

https://www.casualtyforms.org/form/11735

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