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Flt Sgt J H Peters 68 Sqn

Does anyone have this pilot's christian names? He was with the Sqn in 1943. I believe his service number was 1387300
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Re: Flt Sgt J H Peters 68 Sqn

James Henry Peters service number 1387300
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Re: Flt Sgt J H Peters 68 Sqn

Does anyone have the full name of his R/O, Sgt (later F/Sgt) L Rackham, and his serial number?

Peters full name much appreciated. Thanks Paul.

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Re: Flt Sgt J H Peters 68 Sqn

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Re: Flt Sgt J H Peters 68 Sqn

Not without some more clues

3 Possible

Louis Rackham 658289
Leslie Rackham (190959)
Leonard Arthur Rackham 642520


I am going with tentative (based on his commission)

to Pilot Officer from Warrant Officer

658289 Louis RACKHAM (190826). 13th Jan.
1945


Leslie Rackham can I think be excluded
His rank on commission is wrong and anyway he may have been in Canada in 1944

ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
Appointment to commission.
As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —

Sgts.

18th Jan. 1945.
1684778 Leslie RACKHAM (190959).


The only other one is Leonard Arthur Rackham 642520 but he never commissioned no does his other initial fit unless anyone can prove otherwise
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Re: Flt Sgt J H Peters 68 Sqn

Paul,
What I have on L Rackham, is with 68 Sqn:
Aug 17, 1943, at 2348, observer with Peter's shoot down of Do 217, as Sgt

May 15, 1944, at 0127, observer with Peter's shoot down of He 111, as F/Sgt

I would think that with two successful combats it is quite likely that he would have been promoted to W/O, and then as noted to P/O. Which argues for Louis Rackham. Leslie Rackham was promoted from Sgt, not F/Sgt, so I would exclude him.

So Louis it is, in my files.

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Re: Flt Sgt J H Peters 68 Sqn

Hi
PETERS * James Henry (1387300) - oper. Rackham
RACKHAM ** Louis (190826/658289) - pilot Peters
from 68 Sqn to 51 OTU Cranfield
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