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Old 13th March 2021, 18:13
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D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

Hi all,
I have a Christmas card dated 1938 from somebody with the name of D V Couta.
He or she were obviously based at Kenley in 1938.
Can anyone tell me who they were and what their role was on the aerodrome.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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Gerry
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Old 13th March 2021, 18:31
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

There were some medals auctioned off in 2013 for L.A.C. D V Couta.

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/a...8-a43c00cbd868

The name and serial number also appear on an 1945 Warrant Officers list (see 10th name in first column):

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...nt/77/data.pdf
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Old 13th March 2021, 20:38
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

Denis Victor Couta
1899–1976
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Old 13th March 2021, 20:42
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

He is listed as Corporal on 90 Sqn in 1939 Register and living in Sussex
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Old 13th March 2021, 20:59
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

Wow,
Thank you both for that information.
I'm gutted that I missed the medals up for sale.
I wonder which squadron he was with in December 38 whilst stationed at Kenley.
Am I correct in thinking that it must have been a fighter squadron (46 or 3)?
Many thanks once again
Gerry
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Old 13th March 2021, 23:35
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

He might not have been on a sqn but could have been on station strength
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

Hi Chris,
Of course, that is a possibility I hadn't considered.
Thank you
Gerry
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

Looks like he served in WW1 to rejoin between the wars-interesting chap. My wife's Grandfather was the same-ended WW2 as a WO
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

Served WW1 in Royal Navy

ADM 188/733/43098


Name Couta, Denis Victor Official Number: J43098 Place of Birth: Peckham,...

Reference: ADM 188/733/43098
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Name Couta, Denis Victor
Official Number: J43098
Place of Birth: Peckham, Surrey
Date of Birth: 25 July 1899
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Old 15th March 2021, 12:22
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Re: D V Couta RAF Kenley 1938

His WWI Navy record can be seen on fold3. HIs first posting, from 10 August 1915 to 27 Jan 1916 was on the Ganges. His first rating was BOY II.

https://www.fold3.com/image/61132260...a,denis,victor

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Boy_...adult%20seamen.


The first two postings (Ganges and Victory I) were shore stations. If I am reading it correctly, the
third posting was on the HMS Theseus.

This should show his record (Couta.jpg) , which I put on my shared Google Drive:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...Mm?usp=sharing


(Note: The same record is also available (currently for free) from the British National Archives. I also put it as a pdf file on the Drive.)

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