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Old 6th June 2020, 15:44
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Help ID'ing Australian Flying Officer aboard USS Intrepid

Wondering if anyone can help me with the full name of an RAAF Flying Officer put aboard USS Intrepid in October/November 1944. He's listed as A.R. Talbot. He was received from USS Essex in late October and is listed in the USS Intrepid War Diary as coming aboard again on November 1, indicating he hopped around a bit. He's also mentioned as "Talbott" by war correspondent Ray Coll, Jr., who was likewise on Intrepid at the time.

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Old 6th June 2020, 19:00
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Re: Help ID'ing Australian Flying Officer aboard USS Intrepid

A couple of Coll's stories (Mike, I noticed you had clipped these):

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/1363...lattop-by-ray/

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/1363...lark-field-by/


For those with fold3 access, here is an example of a mention in a war diary, USS Intrepid, October 23, 1944.

[url]https://www.fold3.com/image/292504264?terms=Talbot%20%20RAAF[/url

"Pursuant to orders of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Cdr Carrier Division 4 of 23 October, 1944,
Flying Officer A. R. Talbot, RAAF left our ship via the YARNALL."

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Old 6th June 2020, 20:44
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Re: Help ID'ing Australian Flying Officer aboard USS Intrepid

Hello,

The only RAAF member I can find that fits the bill, is:

265264 Alan Reeson TALBOT RAAF.

https://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/vet...=1065077&c=WW2

Unfortunately, his A9300 is not digitised. I know he was a member of the Administrative and Special Duties Branch, probably a professional of some description. His original service number was 5264, later prefixed with 26, to become 265264. He was 35 when he enlisted in Melbourne, Australia.

One name that keeps popping-up in my files, is: 43864 Sgt Jack Robert TALBOT RAAF. He was a recipient of a US Air Medal, for services rendered in the cause of the Allies, in the SWPA (but not an officer). He was a rear gunner in 406115 Dick Overheu's (DFC*), 24 Sqn RAAF B-24. He also flew with the 529th BS/380th BG. Both ended up instructing at 7 OTU, RAAF Tocumwal (Liberators).

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Old 8th June 2020, 18:27
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Re: Help ID'ing Australian Flying Officer aboard USS Intrepid

RSwank and Col Bruggy, many thanks for your replies!

Alan Reeson Talbot seems a very likely fit. Ray Coll refers to him as "the Britisher" in one of his columns, and based on the information Col Bruggy provided, Alan Talbot was born in London. He enlisted in 1942, which would have given him ample time to be posted in Java and Burma, which Coll attributes to the "Talbott" of his columns.

It's a shame his service records are not digitized. There doesn't appear to be much in the newspapers available through Newspapers.com, just a mention of his passing and details concerning his estate with no biographical information.

Still, this is markedly more than I had to go on when I started. Cheers!
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Old 9th June 2020, 07:22
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Re: Help ID'ing Australian Flying Officer aboard USS Intrepid

Interesting twist here....
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...erm0=Alan+Talb
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