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John Talbot Lovell Shore MC AFC
Record of Service John Talbot Lovell Shore MC AFC RAF

John Talbot Lovell Shore MC AFC RAF. Record of Service

17th August 1936: 4 year Short Service Commission as Pilot Officer

30th June 1937: Posted to 148 (Bomber) Squadron, Scampton

17th August 1940: Transferred to the RAF

27th March 1941: Aircraft forced landed in Holland. Taken as Prisoner of War. This was John’s 10th operational flight

15th April 1941: John’s first escape attempt en route to Stalag Luft I

19th October 1941: Escaped from Stalag Luft I. Successful ‘home’ run via Sweden (1)

13th March 1942: Decorated with the Military Cross (2)

27th April 1942 to 12th March 1944: RAF Churchstanton, Culmhead, Taunton, Somerset. Detached to Research Department Fight, RAE (Royal Aircraft Establishment) Farnborough. Flight had been formed in February 1942 (3)

18th September 1942: RAF Churchstanton, Culmhead, Taunton, Somerset. Hurricane crash. Radiator holed on impact with balloon cable causing aircraft to crash land (4)

21st November 1942: Morfa Towyn, Wales. Forced landing in a Battle aircraft

5th February 1943: Exeter, Devon. Appointed Officer Commanding Research Department (4)

10th August – 13th September 1943: Between these dates: Temporary loan to Air Ministry Training Film. John was involved with the making of an instructional military film that shows the many deceptive ways that the Germans might extract valuable information from British prisoners of war. One of the actors was John Mills (5)

1st January 1944: Decorated with the Air Force Cross

13th March – 11th June 1944: Between these dates: RAF College, Cranwell. Lincolnshire. Posted to RAF Staff College, No12 War Staff Course (6)

10th July 1944: Promoted to the rank of Acting Wing Commander

16th – 25th August 1944: Between these dates: Temporary duty at Selfridges, London

10th October 1944: Promoted to Squadron Leader (W)

14th December 1944: 22nd Group No 22 Wing, retains Acting Wing Commander

25th January 1945: No. 30 Military Mission, Moscow City, Russia

13th July 1945– 9th September 1946: Between these dates: RAF Henlow; No MU, OC Administration Wing. Retained acting Wing Commander

28th August 1945: Promoted to Wing Commander (Temp)

3rd April – 13th August 1946: RAF Digby. OATS (Officers Advanced Training School) course

10th September 1946: Posted to 100 Personnel Dispersal Centre, Uxbridge as Admin Wing Commander

15th November 1946: Retired from the RAF. With release from Reserve on the 15th November 1949

11th April 1949: Passed medical fitness for PCC in General Duties (P) Branch.

7th October 1949: Recalled from RAF Class A Reserve as Squadron Leader seniority 22nd April 1947

11th October 1949: FRS Finningley

28th December 1949: RAF Scampton. Posted to 230 OCU (Operational Conversion Unit

15th March 1950: John Talbot Lovell Shore lost his life when the aircraft he was flying crashed between Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn, near Snowdon (1 2 9 10 11)


1. England and Wales Death Index: 1984-2005

2. UK and Ireland – Find a Grave index. 1300s-Current (Provo, UT, USA Operations, Inc 2012) Record for John Talbot Lovell Shore

3. National Archives WO208/3307/60For Shore J.T.L. Prisoner of War section. Escape /Evasion Reports: Code M19/SPG: 593 1941, The National Archives see also WO208/3307/477 report no 593 appendix to report available in WO208/5582 or 5583

4. The Times Digital Archives, The Times, Monday March 16 1942: Page 6: Issue 49185: Col B. RAF Awards – Gallantry and Devotion to Duty MC Flt. Lt. J T L Shore

5. Farnborough Operations Book, The National Archives

6. Farnborough Operations Book, The National Archives

7. Farnborough Operations Book, The National Archives

8. Farnborough Operations Book, The National Archives

9. Register General, Death certificate, General Register Office, St Catherine’s House, Llanllechid, 1950, 23. On Carnedd Llewelyn Mountain Llandegai Ogwen Road

10. FreeBMD. England and Wales Death Index: 1837-1983, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006) Bangor 8a, 95a

11., England and Wales, National Probate Calender (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1861-1941 Provo, UT, USA, Operation Inc, 2010), Database online

Page created by Aircrew Remembered on behalf of John Talbot Lovell Shores family and sons Rex, Mark and Ian Shore

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