Peter Kavanagh - a 1939 Recruit.

Thanks to Elizabeth Paffey we have information about her father Peter Kavanagh who was a young recruit at the station in July 1939. She had sent us a photograph of his Flight Group with signatures on the back which is fantastic. Please take a look as you may know someone on there.

Peter K signatures

The back of the photograph - please make contact if you recognise any of the names.

Elizabeth continues:

“I have been energsied into doing this sorting out of their War records because their Great Grandsons (aged 7 and 5) have been asked to bring to school anything about their family involvement in the Wars for the WW1 Centenary. So in order to give them a good presentation to take to school, I am trying to build up a picture of what they did.

The records that I have are an Airman’s Record of Kit dated 16th May 1939 RAF Cardington. *On the reverse there are some additions dated 30th Sept 1939 (1 Cape, 1 Hood, 2 Eyeshields and 1 Dressing – something I can’t make out). Then at the foot there are transfer dates – 21 Jul 1939 RAF Station Cardington; 11 Jan 1940 RAF Station Yatesbury, Wilts; 19 April 1940 Sealand. I have no idea where Sealand is or if it was an RAF Station. After that in 1940 sometime he was sent to RAF Kinloss where he remained – at some point becoming a Sergeant."

*Peter's record below.

Kit page 2

And finally from Elizabeth:

"My uncle, his youngest brother tells me that dad and his best friend Verdun Dobson both joined up although I am not sure when or where Verdun enlisted. Apparently he was 3 years older than dad born in 1916. Dad was born 19th Jan 1919, so would have been 20 when he joined up. My uncle tells me that they had hoped to stay together but were sent to different jobs with Verdun posted to Bermuda. Verdun and his family lived in Allerton, Liverpool.
I hope that this will all be of use to you, and naturally if there is any information that you can fill in for me, it would be wonderful. "

Thanks to Elizabeth for all of the information - here's hoping we can find out what happened to Verdun Dobson for her.

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