One of my year 11 history pupils mentioned to me a few days ago that her granddad flew fighters in the pacific. She is not sure what sort of fighter/s but says it starts with a “C”. She does not know aircraft so I am assuming it was Corsairs. When I asked her if he was ground crew, aircrew and if he flew with other people in the same aircraft (bombers)she was very adamant that he was a single seat fighter pilot.
All that I have to go on is his surname which is Boddy. She does not know his first name or initials.
How can I find out more about the war-time history of the gentleman in question?
Give him a call and see. Sounds like he'd be an interesting character, and if he was in 17 Squadron in 1944 he was probably in the Sqn at the same time as my mate Trevor pearce who's written his memoirs and you can find them on my website.