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Old 26th October 2015, 18:10
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R.F. Aitkin OBE AFC & Walrus 1940

Hi guys

Flt Lt Digger Aitkin was a Walrus flying boat instructor in early 1940, who took it upon himself to fly ASR sorties from Gosport circa July/August in attempts to rescue downed aircrew.

Did he actually rescue anyone, friend or foe?

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Old 26th October 2015, 23:35
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Re: R.F. Aitkin OBE AFC & Walrus 1940

Brian,

39839 Russell Faulkner AITKEN CBE OBE AFC RAF.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/2583

and...

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz//tm/scho...2-1RAF-c6.html See: p.132 + footnote 4.

also...

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz//tm/scho...-1RAF-c10.html Scroll down to p.223. footnote 2.

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Old 27th October 2015, 11:40
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Re: R.F. Aitkin OBE AFC & Walrus 1940

Excellent stuff, Col!

It would appear that he and his crew (who?) were responsible for the rescue of 35 RAF and German aircrew in a "few months".

I wonder if there is any record of these rescues?

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