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Offline ruchca

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Cant find my Pathfinder cousin anywhere
« on: Sunday 03 February 19 17:01 GMT (UK) »
Why cant I find any mention of my cousin Thomas Desmond Carter in all the RAF sites I've looked at.?  I understand if I want records I must go thro the Gov web site. But thought id find something about him. I know he was in the Pathfinders he was either a pilot officer or a flying officer. I think he was in the air force from around 1942-1945 or 1951. He did his training in Canada.
Looked at some info and thought he was in bomber command but family talk was he flew spitfires or mosquitos, i'm led to believe these were fighter command. I have no idea of his squadron. Any help please. Thomas Desmond Carter {Nick}. born 1922circa Wales
CARTER PAULTON SOMERSET, HARDWICK LLANBISTER RADNOR,  KING ALTON PRIORS WILTSHIRE, THOMAS LLANBEDR MERIONETH,

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Re: Cant find my Pathfinder cousin anywhere
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 03 February 19 17:39 GMT (UK) »
If you google "Carter 191625" that will bring up various references in the Gazette - commission, promotion, transfer to reserve in 1950 etc.

Someone has uploaded photographs of him to a public tree on Ancestry https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/13290179/person/26111034476/gallery
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Re: Cant find my Pathfinder cousin anywhere
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 03 February 19 18:02 GMT (UK) »
Thank you Shaun, Think I found him on RAF Cranwell site but it didn't give much info.
Thank you tho looks like that's him in the London Gazette, ties in a little bit with what I know.  Do you think that no. is a service no.That is me on Ancestry. His son who I have just made contact with, never knew much about the Carters side, and unfortunately any papers he had from his father has ben lost or thrown out. I cringed when I heard that. He said his father never spoke about the war, like lots of others.
CARTER PAULTON SOMERSET, HARDWICK LLANBISTER RADNOR,  KING ALTON PRIORS WILTSHIRE, THOMAS LLANBEDR MERIONETH,

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Re: Cant find my Pathfinder cousin anywhere
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 03 February 19 19:06 GMT (UK) »
Yes that's his service number. You would need to get a copy of his records from MoD to find out his unit history. As you have discovered, there is very little WW2 service personnel data available online.
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