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February 13 2009 at 1:02 AM
Mark Stevens  (Login mstevens)
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Response to A fine line

I did some research on F/O B Hepper,did a search with Australian National Archives who hold Australian service records,
and WW2 Nominal roll, lists names and details of Australian WW2 service man and women,

Unable to find any record on a F/O B Hepper on any of these sites.

Then went to 460 Sqd web site,
Found information on operations page,
States F/O B Heffer was lost on operations 21/Feb 1945. This is confirmed at National Archives web site, it states "HEFFER, Bruce - (Flying Officer); Service Number - 422952; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Lancaster PG468(Ebay listing says Lang NG468); Place - Germany; Date - 21 February 1945". Nominal Roll also confirmed this and that B Heffer was a POW

If you look at the photos of the two cards they say B Hepper, not Heffer.
The last point is the wings look to have been removed from a tunic and restitched onto the cloth. In over 30 yeras of collecting I've not seen this done to a WW2 RAAF tunic, not to say one wouldn't do it but why go to the trouble of cutting up a tunic to remove the wings?

I think the facts speak for themselves in this case
Mark Stevens

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