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July 11th 2015
03:58:54 PM
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Ian Gill

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Currently live in Bali but a Perth boy

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Hi Joyce and family
Sorry to hear of John's passing. I know my condolences are late. I so enjoyed popping in from time to time where you and John were so kind to share some lunch or a cuppa from this stranger that was so interested in those 1940 days. Glad I could help John confirm one of his engagements and the crash landing of the 109 on a French beach in late 1940. He will be remembered by many.
Kind regards
Ian Gill
Formerly from Myaree

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January 5th 2015
09:44:39 PM
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nick harris

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Please pass on my condolences form the Harris family to Joyce, notably from Janet, wife of Guy who flew with Percy when 253 was reformed.

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January 5th 2015
05:07:35 PM
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Roger Westerlund

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Finland

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My condolences to the family of John Greenwood.
I have read of him.

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January 3rd 2015
12:38:58 AM
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Alberto Casirati

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Italy

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The site is very interesting. Excellent, fresh reading. I would like to build a scale model of his Hurricane. Is there any contemporary picture available?

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January 2nd 2015
11:58:33 AM
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Paul Davies

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Lancaster. UK

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My condolences to Joyce and to John`s family and friends all over the World. Paul Davies BoBHSc. It was an honour to have known John. May God bless him and look after him, and you also. I have posted tributes to John over several websites and will post back as tributes come in for him. John kindly let me have tickets for the B of B service at Westmister Abbey in his place in 2011 and again last year in September 2014. We will miss him and remember him with pride. Paul Davies BoBHSc

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January 1st 2015
11:42:10 AM
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Roland Orchard

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Australia

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On behalf of the 458 Squadron Association I wish to pass on our condolences on the passing of John. A true hero during and after the war.

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December 3rd 2014
07:43:29 PM
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Tony Barton

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UK

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My father was P/O ARH Barton. I hope you may have any information/anecdotes in which my father is mentioned? I am trying to write a history of his BoB experience.

I have written a story of his Malta history during 1942 and would be happy to send you a copy.

Rgds - Tony

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July 28th 2014
08:41:21 AM
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kevin francis

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Hi john
my daughter saw a memorial plack which listed war heros and a name she saw was of a pilot by the name of C.D francis and asked me if we were related, so can you tell me where he was from. i from wales and also in summerset.
regards Kevin

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June 4th 2014
12:01:17 AM
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Jonathan Reeve

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Bath, England

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Hi John
Excellent website and I also liked your interview on the other website, www.airbattle.co.uk. I wonder if you could help me, I'm trying to track down Tom Gleave's surviving family (I think just one daughter), you mention you were a good friend of his, could you tell me what his wife and daughter's first names were? This will help my internet search for contact details. Of course if you have any old contact details even better or simply forward this email to them [my email is jonathan.p.reeve[at]btinternet.com]. I'd like to ask them about rights to his book, I Had a Row With a German. Many thanks

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May 13th 2014
07:47:35 PM
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Paul Davies

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Hi John, I hope that you are well? Sorry to trouble you, but a relative of someone you flew with in 253 Sqn killed in action September 4th, was on the Battle of Britain forum run by Pip. Here is his message. I have written a bit on him there also> Can you help point him in the right direction or provide any memories of him please?

Message was:
Trying to find further details of the service of F/O Alec Trueman, the father of my uncle by marriage.

Any help gratefully received.

Andy Ashworth.

I had researched a bit and this is partof it. I dont know which Bomber Squadron or other service he had prior to joining you.
A very good source of information would be John Greenwood, the last survivor of 253 Sqn who flew in the Battle of Britain and possibly knew him?

http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/greenwood/lestweforget.html

He has a great website, that pulls no punches and is not written in a modern revisionist way, but rather "Tells it like it was" which is refreshing, honest and historically a treasure trove for future historians or enthusiasts, or relatives to look up things.


I have so far just this information:
F/O Alex Albert Gray Trueman a Canadian flew Hurricanes with No 253 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He had been trained as a Bomber pilot and was transferred due to shortage of pilots. He had been flying Hampdens and then transferred to the much faster Hurricane. He was shot down and killed over Kenley in a Hurricanes I (V6638) on the 4th of September 1940.

In the year 2000, on the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when he was killed, there was an article in the Sackville Tribune which John says is worth a read. (according to John Greenwood in his website shown here), there

Shot down by German aircraft over base (Kenley) and crashed at Tudor Close, Banstead Pilot killed, aircraft written off.

Hurricane flown by Flight Officer Alex Albert Gray Trueman was shot down over Kenley.

There exists part or parts of this Hurricane as recorded here:

Aviation Archaeology in Britain
By Guy De la Bédoyèr (Book)

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=yQQ4LX7UvwwC&pg=PA38&lpg=PA38&dq=Hurricane+I+V6638+4th+September+1940&source=bl&ots=6tOnqdJLTb&sig=gfvdpcFs2DVUtFs4FI9V2HAkgls&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2dNxU9HbCYX00gWZj4CQDg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Hurricane%20I%20V6638%204th%20September%201940&f=false
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4th 1940
WEATHER:

Over the southern half of England it was expected to be fine and warm. Skies should be mainly clear with occasional cloud. The Channel areas were expected to remain fine with good visibility. The north of England and most of Scotland was expected to have rain periods with some heavy falls and strong winds could be expected.

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May 12th 2014
11:26:13 AM
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Andy Ashworth

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Bath, Ontario

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My father's sister was Hilary Trueman, the late wife of Alec Trueman, himself the son of F/O Alec Trueman of 253 Sqn. The personal accounts have revealed a family connection to the Battle of Britain that was previously unknown to me.

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