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Hi,

if you search for 'rattray' on the link below you will find a newspaper article about him.

 

http://collections.civilisations.ca/warclip/pages/warclip/ResultsList.php

 

Sgt. N. M. Rattray
Now Presumed Dead
Had Been Missing Since Raid
on Germany Last July-
Stelco Employee
J. D. and Mrs. Rattray, 242 Prov.
ince street south, have been advised
that, for official purposes, their
only son, Sergt. Norman McInnes
Rattray, was reported as missing
following bombing operations
over Germany last July 27, is now
presumed dead.
Sergt . Rattray enlisted to the
R.C.A.F . in February, 1941, and
received his training at Brandon,
Calgary and Macdonald, Manitoba,
where he graduated as a wireless
operator air gunner in October of
that year . He proceeded overseas
shortly after graduation and he
took part in many raids over enemy
territory during his months in
Britain.
He attended the A. M. Cunningham
School, the Hamilton Technical
Institute and the Ceneral High
School of Commerce and prior to
his enlistment was employed at
the Steel Company of Canada. He
was a member of the Pathfinder 149
Club of Delta United Church.
Serg,. Rattrays father served
as a pilot with the Royal Flying
Corps in the first Great. War.
Besides his parents, one sister, Doreen,
survives.

 

 

Regards,

Mike.



-- Edited by MikeH on Saturday 18th of May 2013 10:29:54 AM

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Sgt Rattray hailed from Hamilton, Ontario. He was the son of Joseph D. Rattray, and Elizabeth nee Swift. Joseph is described in contemporary newspaper reports as a "pilot in the Royal Flying Corps in the First Great War"

Joseph Duncan Rattray has an RFC file at Kew.

Of interest to you will be that he had a sister named Doreen. Another sister, NormaJean was born post-war. Sadly, both are now deceased. Doreen, earlier this year:

http://www.canadianobituaries.com/doreen-rattray-swift-obituary-january-27-2013.html

Norma Jean died in 2005:

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogspi/2005/05rat002.htm

Regards,

Dave

 

 



-- Edited by alieneyes on Saturday 18th of May 2013 10:25:35 AM

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Any details of Flight seargent Neil MCcinnes Rattray RCAF KIA in 1942 Halifax bomber W7760 TL-B. Hamburg raid 26/7 July

Canadian trace, Which would be the best site to try? 



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Thank you for your replies.

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https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2168hCvHnDDWmtKcjQ3Q05vOXB1WElsOUtBaV9JdGRnVHRZ/edit?usp=gmail

 To open left click on mouse!

After seeking detail for months, persistance has borne fruit!

Hopefully photos will be found.

Thanks to all who have responded to my messages.

Thanks to Pete  for his research see his details on page 20

 

447 Wing

30 Apr (2 days ago)
 
to me
 
 
 
 
Hi 
 
To introduce myself, I am Bill Grahlman , President of 447(City of Hamilton)Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
Association.
I am happy to tell you that I hit the "jackpot" on my very first phone call to try and locate relatives of Sgt. Norman McInnes Rattray. I talked to Laurene Rattray and before I mentioned that there was a sister by the name of Doreen, she mentioned her. She could not give me much information on Norman but gave me another name whom I phoned. Laurene's phone number is 
As it so happens the gentleman who I talked to was a cousin of Norman, his name is George Rattray, 93 years old and lives at:        "43 Tragina S.Hamilton". His phone number is  . He would love to hear from you and your Uncle Keith.
 
Good luck in your search.
If you are in the area of the Hamilton Air Port the 447 Wing is only a half a kilometer away and easy to find.We would welcome you,
 
Regards,
 
Bill

 



-- Edited by Lancashire lad on Saturday 2nd of May 2015 04:50:11 AM



-- Edited by Lancashire lad on Saturday 2nd of May 2015 04:53:24 AM

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Hi,

W7760 may have been shot down by Ofw Hans Berschwinger of 4./NJG2 for his 6th victory. He claimed a Halifax at 02.04hrs,  20 km out over the North Sea north of Wangerooge. It may also have been 78 Sqn W1184 which was also lost without trace. Berschwinger had a total of 12 victories before he was killed in an air combat at Radel on 15 Feb 1944.

I hope that helps, sorry for the delay in replying but my internet has been down for about 10 days.

 

Regards,

 

John.



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Norman would have been the uncle of my ex wife. His military file is accessible on Ancestry. I do have a photograph of him. If anyone likes they can email me at vgibbs@gmail.com and I will send them the image.



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Hi Victor,

Are you still active on this forum?

If any one knows Victor please let him know I am trying to obtain a photo of his cousin Norman McInnes-Rattray of Hamilton!

Norman Died alongside my Uncle in July 1942 when their Halifax Bomber crashed into the North SEa and never found!

Any help from any source will be gratefully received!

 



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