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I am trying to trace the RAF wartime career of this officer. As far as I know while flying a Spitfire was shot down and captured in 1941. At that time think he was a flight sergeant subsequently promoted to F/L whilst a prisoner in Stalag 3 if that is possible. ?



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742658 Sgt. William Henry Holland commissioned Pilot Officer 12 October 1940. Gazetted 12 November 1940. Commissioned number 86664. www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34989/supplement/6496/data.pdf

Promoted Flying Officer 12 October 1941. Gazetted 23 June 1942. www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35606/page/2764/data.pdf

POW at Stalag Luft III, POW number 1377.

King's Birthday Honours 13 June 1946.

He must have been repatriated early as he married in January of 1945.

www.lan-opc.org.uk/Bolton-le-Moors/Halliwell/stpaul/marriages_1938-1947.html

Marriage: 31 Jan 1945 St Paul, Halliwell, Lancs.
William Henry Holland - 24, Flying Officer R. A. F., Bachelor, 476 Halliwell Rd.
Ethel Littler - 31, Nursing Sister W. A. A. F., Spinster, Sister's Mess, R. A. F. Hospital Evesham, Worcs.
Groom's Father: James Edward Holland, Bleach Worker
Bride's Father: Thomas Henry Littler, Retired Steel Worker
Witness: James Hunt; Nellie Holland
Married by Banns by: Robert H. Vokes Vicar
Register: Marriages 1938 - 1947, Page 35, Entry 70
Source: Original Register

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smile Wow Dave that is fantastic, thank you so much. I have his Flying jacket with his name and rank and number written on the back.  He must have been quite a large guy to judge from the jacket as it fits me so happily I will keep and wear it in my MG. He was a Lieutenant when he marked his jacket which incidentally is in remarkable state of preservation with apparently little use or wear but as I read it he was a Sargent when he was shot down. I understand he was a POW for the duration and what I would love to know is at what stage he had the jacket ie did he have it during his incarceration or was he issued it on his repatriation. I would love to find a photo of him, know he was in 266 squadron but so far no luck. Thanks again Dave



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