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Old 15th September 2018, 08:27
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J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Hi all.

Anybody know who this is :-

J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Perhaps based in RAF Peterhead or RAF Dyce, December 1943
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Old 15th September 2018, 09:51
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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Have you checked the RAF lists

http://www.rafcommands.com/reference...r-force-lists/

And London gazette for J. R. Ratten
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Old 15th September 2018, 12:49
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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Hello,

AUS405111 John Richard RATTEN DFC RAAF.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10680014

W/C Ratten DFC RAAF died from the effects of Tubercular Meningitis in the King Edward VII Sanatorium, Midhurst, West Sussex, on 27 February, 1945

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Old 17th September 2018, 07:18
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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Many thanks guys.
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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Hi,
wasn't Ratten Wing Leader at Hornchurch in 1943.

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Old 18th September 2018, 13:34
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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Hello,

Yes, A/W/C John Richard Ratten DFC was Wing Commander Flying, Hornchurch Wing - 11/5/1943 to 20/7/1943.

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Old 18th September 2018, 15:11
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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Hello

From November 1942 - May 1943 he commanded 453 Squadron RAAF, an Article XV Squadron, and he was, I believe, the first EATS trained pilot to command a Squadron.

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Old 18th September 2018, 15:54
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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

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From November 1942 - May 1943 he commanded 453 Squadron RAAF, an Article XV Squadron, and he was, I believe, the first EATS trained pilot to command a Squadron.

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Ratten was not the first EATS-trained RAAF airman to command a squadron (check out AUS400213 Keith William Truscott RAAF for instance - OC No.452 Sqn RAAF - 26-1-42 to 18-3-42). Ratten was the first EATS RAAF airman to command an RAF Wing in Fighter Command.

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Re: J. Richard Ratten, Commanding Officer.

Thanks Col - totally agree with you, especially as you are using RAAF records (!), got my "first" wrong.

I have followed 453 for years, they served on 125 Wing, whilst my late father was at the Wing HQ, and then came back to the UK for Big Ben patrols as you know. The Australian archives gave me lots of documents whilst they were part of 125 Wing as your document retention policy is better than the UK, and I was able to find a photo of my father receiving an injection basically "to fighter germs as well as germans" on the AWM website, with the jab being administered by an Australian doctor, when Australian journalists were visiting the squadron pre-day.

I have "Defeat to Victory" and I have been assisting Adam Lunney with his forthcoming book on Australians in Normandy.

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