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J H Onions


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I'm wondering if anyone out there (particularly the RFC / RNAS / RN specialists) knows anything of one J.H. Onions, who I believe flew with the RFC / RNAS / RAF during WW1?

"Uncle Jack" was a relative of my late-mother (her mother, or father's cousin?). I met him but a few times, when I was much too young to know the questions that I'd ask if I met him today. I do remember hearing him refer to an aircraft taking off from the top of a ship's forward gun turret (I know that was the pioneering, pre-catapult method of launching aircraft from ships, other than flat top carriers). Whether he was the pilot, or a witness to the event, I don't know. If only I'd known what to ask!

My understanding is that post WW1 he was very closely connected with the firm, 'Oleo Pneumatics' (?), being co-inventor of pneumatically dampened aircraft undercarriage shock absorbers / struts amongst other things.

He's just popped into my mind on the prompting of today's 'Remembering Today', so I have not had an opportunity to do any further research of my own yet.

All feedback gratefully received.

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Is this man a possability? He served in the RNAS, joining them in 1918. Download for free at Kew, or £3.50 online.

Name Onions, John Henry

Official Number: F50942

Place of Birth: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Date of birth 06 January 1898

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalog...F=ADM+188%2F642

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Is this man a possability? He served in the RNAS, joining them in 1918. Download for free at Kew, or £3.50 online.

Name Onions, John Henry

Official Number: F50942

Place of Birth: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Date of birth 06 January 1898

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalog...F=ADM+188%2F642

Many thanks. I reckon this is the man.

Richard

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The record should show if he joined the RAF in which case there would also be an RAF record for him in AIR 79.

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The record should show if he joined the RAF in which case there would also be an RAF record for him in AIR 79.

Excellent ... when I get some time I'll start the digging. Thanks for your help and interest.

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