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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G Emmett


Geoffrey Emmett was born on 18th June 1917 in Rugby and attended Laurence Sheriff School.

He was working as a commercial artist when he joined the RAFVR on 5th May 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.

Called up at the outbreak of war, he went to 3 ITW Hastings on 10th November 1939 and moved to 4 AONS Coventry on 1st January 1940.


Above: postwar he resumed his role.


He was posted to 8 BGS Evanton on 3rd June, went to No. 1 (Coastal) OTU on 28th July and joined 236 Squadron at St. Eval on 16th August.

Emmett was posted to ferry duties in Canada on 2nd February 1941. He returned to the UK and joined 140 Squadron at Hendon on 27th August 1941. Promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st October 1942, Emmett was commissioned in May 1943. He remained with 140 until September 1944.

After leaving 140, Emmett was posted to HQ 34 Wing and finally to 5352 Airfield Construction Wing at Lubeck.

He was released from the RAF on 23rd November 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Emmett was awarded the C de G (Fr)(gazetted 5th June 1946) for his services in taking photographs of German troop concentrations during the campaign in Normandy.

He died on 23rd September 1990 in Rugby.

His father served in the Home Guard, his mother in the WVS, his older brother Kenneth served in Burma with the Royal Engineers and his twin brother Don in the Royal Artillery in Italy.




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