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    Hello, Only today I found out from my mother that my great grandfather was a pilot during WW2! I would really like to find out more about him but I'm not too sure of the best way to go about it.

    I have noticed the other threads about finding relatives/veterans but I wasn't too sure if it was the same for pilots?

    Any help would be greatly apreciated

    Many thanks in advance

    James

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    Well, James, let's start with his nationality, then in which air force or army air corps or marine corps he served....not necessarily the same, for example some of the RAF's most distinguished pilots were Polish or Czech, and at least one Royal Marine officer flew in the Battle of Britain, if I recall.

    Good to know whose side he was on.

    Was he an officer? Fighters or bombers? Or transport ?

    Where did he serve? Based in the UK, Germany, Russia?

    Served in North Africa? Burma, or with the Flying Tigers in China? Or was he Japanese?

    We can try and help and point you towards some websites but we have to have some basics.

    Good luck,

    Pat

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    At the moment all I know is that he was British and His name was Dennis Sullivan and he was in the RAF, I can find out more but that will have to wait until tomorrow

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    Hi, James:

    This is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (google CWGC):

    Casualty Details
    Name: SULLIVAN, DENNIS ALFRED GILBERT (DEN)
    Initials: D A G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 15/12/1941
    Service No: 1294259
    Additional information: Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Sullivan, of Cheam, Surrey.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 24. A. 12.
    Cemetery: BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY

    If this is your man, sorry the news is bad, but you can dowload a cert. from CWGC.

    Cheers,

    Pat

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