I'm looking for information on this guy who, if he'd lived another 20 years, would have had the pleasure of becoming my father-in-law. The big family mystery is who his father was. Although he paid for young Ernest to attend school, he did not marry Ernest's mother and his name does not appear on the birth certificate. Now I'm not expecting to solve this mystery here, I'm only trying to build up some detail on what he did while in the RAF. We have his service record. It looks like he enlisted 20/11/1940 and probably left some time in 1952, although its not clearly stated (...unless I'm being dim). Number 82 squadron is mentioned in connection with his time in East Africa. He was some kind of fitter or mechanic (not a pilot). He was punished for absence and drunkenness a few times, but I don't thing they knew about "the incident with the safe" so seems to have got away with that one. I'll post his service record once its been through the scanner. Many thanks.