I agree with you... He likely lived in the neighbourhood or could even have been a relative of some of the kids.However, the school net articles don'tidentify the school or area.All I know is the name of the children because they were published. The school net never replied to me and my guess is that they never forwarded my message to the school or people who posted the kids little articles!!
Here's the contacts I made:
1 - RAF Escaping Society: he was never a member according to Mr. Frank Haslam (editor)
2 - Public Record Office doesn't have WE DOBSON on any evasion report.Could have been lost, withheld for some reason, covered in the report of another crew member, etc
3 - Also contacted one Reg Miles who was also a Flight Engineer in RCAF 432 to ask if he would have known our man or have suggestions on how to located him (see http://www.geocities.com/jkjustin/Miles9.html)http://www.geocities.com/jkjustin/Miles9.html).He never bothered to answer me...
4 - British Legion... they too did not bother to answer!
5 - In addition I cross-referenced the electoral roll with the British phone book and came up with a long list of Walter Edward, W.E, Walter E. or Walter Edward ( I wont' even try the W. DOBSON - too many!)A number of theses have already been contacted without success...I think my friend still has a few to phone or write to.
-->>If this can help, his mother was listed as Mrs. J. DOBSON of55 Consort Rd, Peckham London back then...
I'm afraid that he might be dead by now... but since I'm in Canada I don't really know how we can check for a death registration....
Any idea or suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!