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Come on Commonwealth War Graves Commission………..

I would be the first to applaud the ongoing work that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission continues to carry out to ensure the memories of the lost and fallen live on in the minds of surviving generations…………however……….

Whist looking through the CWGC website for a middle initial for Kenneth H. Albiston, I was first interested to see the option to view a certificate for Ken, only to be rather disappointed to see his Squadron as ’75 Squadron’ – the same was true for Bill Warlow, lost with another 5 of the McCartin crew in 1944.

Luckily they have a contact page……….

Having performed a search for 2 individuals that flew in my fathers Squadron I see that they were both listed on the ‘certificates’ as flying with ’75 Squadron’ – this is factually incorrect, the correct title of the Squadron was;

75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

75(NZ) was the ONLY commonwealth squadron to carry the commonwealth country of origin in its name and its omission unfortunately I feel does a massive disservice to the New Zealanders who formed and flew in the Squadron – and I say that as the son of a Scot who flew in the Squadron.

I have a blog if you interested;
75nzsquadron.com

This error really needs to be changed as quickly as possible – I don’t know if this is a fundamental error with all such similar references or localised to a smaller number, however, 1135 airman were lost in 75(NZ) Squadron………

Many thanks for your attention

Simon Sommervile
Son of F/Lt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville DFC, 75(NZ) Squadron RAF (2 tours)

Now, the person that finds this email on Monday morning, will, I hope jump into action and mobilise the various arms of the CWGC to correct this……..if that individual sighs, rolls their eyes and thinks I am being a picky bugger ………………….too…..sodding………bad……….