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Old 21st February 2010, 23:06
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Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Could Forum members help identify pilots of 257 Squadron who appear in a film made by Pathe News after the squadrons combat with Italian aircraft on the 11 November 1940. Those involved appear towards the end including R S-Tuck who did not fly that day.

I have included a link to the film:

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=26073

I appreciate any help offered by Forum members.

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Old 22nd February 2010, 03:18
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Oh Malcolm, this event is well documented and I wish I could help but I don't have my reference handy. I am sure the likes of Brian Cull or Andy Saunders will be able to assist with reciprocal duties.

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Old 22nd February 2010, 22:36
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Hello Stephen,

I have checked MofBofB and found some possible candidates. However, I would appreciate any help or advice that other Forum members can offer.

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Old 22nd February 2010, 23:23
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

I somewhere have a still from this film and I think it has them all named. All I have to do is find it....although I suspect Gerry Burke might have a good idea, too?
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Old 22nd February 2010, 23:56
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Hello Andy,

Thank you for the reply.

I would be eternally grateful if you are ever able to locate this picture and its details!

I have tried to match individuals from the film with other pictures, but as my knowledge of those is limited I am having some difficulity, to say the least, in matching them up. I was hoping that all nine 257 pilots involved on the 11/1140 might be in the film: Blatchford, North, Davey, Mortimer, Pniak, Andrews, Kay, Lucas and Barnes. However, I suspect that it contains pilots other than those mentioned ie Tuck etc.

I have my fingers crossed!

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Old 23rd February 2010, 10:16
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

The pilot clambering out of his cockpit is 'Cowboy' Blatchford. As you say, Tuck, also seen sitting in the cockpit, played no part in the sortie.
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Old 23rd February 2010, 10:21
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Hello Peter,

Thank you for the helpful reply and id.

I wonder if the group could include a few members of 46 Squadron also involved that day? Just a thought based on no evidence!

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Old 23rd February 2010, 12:51
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Karol Pniak is seated on the ground
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Was the photo in question not covered in Paul Richey's book?
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Old 23rd February 2010, 20:16
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Re: Help to identify 257 squadron members needed

Hello Stephen,

Can you give me the title of this book?

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