Mike, I am looking for information on a John Corner. I know he was born in Manchester, Lancashire. I believe he was born in 1910. The BMD records turn up 2 John Corner's born in Greater Manchester. One born in the district of Wigan and one born in the district of Bolton both born in 1910. The death index has 2 John Corner's: (1) DOB 15 May 1910 DOD Feb 1989 Chorley, Lancashire (2) DOB 13 Jun 1910 DOD Jul 1998 Bolton, Lancashire, Lincolnshire I am trying to prove that one of the two guys is my John Corner or rule them out. Are obituaries available for 1989 & 1998?
Okay, here is some more information. Sergeant John Corner was in the RAFVR during WWII. He served in the 101 Squadron based in Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire. In the last days of WWII, seven brave young RAF/RCAF men and their Lancaster, “Bad Penny,” (their plane) were chosen for a dangerous mission to help a country in need. As in the old expression, “... like a bad penny, it keeps coming back” Bad Penny and her crew returned from their April 29th, 1945 flight over enemy territory to Holland where they “bombed” the Dutch with food bundles. Their successful test run served to launch the Allies' “Operation Manna;” over 11,000 tons of food was dropped in 10 days.
We are trying to find out what happened to John Corner. Did he stay in the RAF? Where did he die? Where is he buried? In1945 he was not married. Did he marry? Is it possible to get a copy of his military records? I have his military service number.
I already have a copy of a Supplement to the London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 pg 2623. This is a listing of Distinguished Flying Medal for Sergeant John Corner, RAFVR.