Message Posted By: Gerry Jarvis

Seeking information on Idras Morgan Davies, former RAF

Im looking for information on Idras M. Davies. He was a young airman in 82 Squadron in WWII (graduated RAF Cranwell as a Boy Entrant, 1937) and had a very tough war. 82 Squadron flew against flak ships on the North Sea coast of Holland and later was dispatched to Malta, so they did everything the hard way in the early war years.

By a remarkable series of events, a friend, Chris Parkes (originally of Cardiff) came into the possession of Idras wartime diary, which was found in a nightstand in Chris Mums Cardiff home when Chris returned home to settle her estate in about 1992. Idras had dated Chris elder sister at some point during the mid-war years. The diary was repatriated to RAF Cranwell, and thanks to the dedication of a librarian there, to Linda Diane Stevens, née Davies, Idras daughter, who had known nothing of her dad. Idras appears to have been badly stricken by survivors guilt and PTSD when his regular crew were killed while attacking a flak ship off the Dutch Coast, and appears to have needed care for some time to regain a grip on life.

Its a fascinating story... both Idras own narrative, and the larger story of the diary and how it came home from Western Canada, where I live. I would like to acquire any information extant on Idras, and also to ask Ms. Stevens for permission to research him further with the aim of writing a book on Idras for posterity.

Idras appears to have been a sensitive, likeable kid, the sort youd gladly fly with or like to have living in your neighbourhood. Its no fault of his that the strain of operational flying gradually overwhelmed him.

I would be most grateful for any information on either Idras or daughter Linda D. Stevens (last known address Harrogate, Yorks). In addition, any advice on registries, extended family or workplace would be welcomed, as at this stage there are far more questions than answers.

Thank you very much in advance. - Gerry Jarvis

Posted on: 27/01/2015 21:17:02

Poster Information:

Name: Gerry Jarvis

Town: Edmonton, Alberta

Looking For:

Name: Idras Morgan Davies

Born: 1920

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