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From Wendy Boland in Australia:

I have been given an old RAF photo of my Uncle, Herbert W. Smith, who served in WWII in 4 Squadron. I think he was a Flight Engineer. The photo shows the group of 30 men plus an Officer.

On the back is written “The Erbs of No 4 Squadron” and “The Inmates of Tent 18” plus a list of six names.

  • H.W. Smith – Nun (i.e Nuneaton)
  • G.D.Biggin Sheffield
  • F.T. ? Stockbury Nuneaton
  • G.F. Webster Blackpool
  • ? P. Weatherhead London
  • W. Lock Coventry

  • The photo is torn but is still very clear.

    My Uncle is 4th from the right in the second row.

    He married my Maternal Aunt Dorothy in 1943 and there were no children of the marriage although many nephews and nieces, and I believe Bert had at least 1 brother and 1 sister.

    We all came from the Nuneaton area. Bert originally from Stockingford (outskirts of Nuneaton), Herbert William Smith 1921 to 1989 son of Herbert Henry Smith.

    On the marriage cert Bert’s occupation is listed as a Machine Operator so I think the Sqn photo must be after that date.

    I am interested to hear if anyone recognises any of the men or know where this photo was taken.

    W Boland NSW Australia.

    And here’s the photo:

    IV Sqn WW1 Uncle Bert (1)

    IV Sqn WW1 Uncle Bert (1)

    IV Sqn WW1 Uncle Bert (2)

    IV Sqn WW1 Uncle Bert (2)

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