6341 Light Warning Unit RAF - Arnhem 1944

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  1. Simon_Fielding

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    I appreciate this unit has had a little coverage on the forum - I'd like to make a list of casualties: here are three,

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-
    details/2661628/JOHN%20RICHARD%20SWANN/


    Casualty Details | CWGC

    JAMES CHASSELS BROOKS
    Service Number:
    1470237
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit
    Date of Death
    Died 18 September 1944
    Age 31 years old
    Buried or commemorated at
    ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    4. C. 8.
    Netherlands
    • Country of Service
      United Kingdom
    • Additional Info
      Son of James and Jane Main Brooks, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
    • Personal Inscription
      LIVE IN GOD'S GRACE
    ..............of a possible 10
    "Of the 25 Light Warning Unit personnel that were flown into Holland, 10 were killed and the remaining 11 captured."
     
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  2. Simon_Fielding

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    2644796 HIGHTON HAROLD H 0 18/09/1944 Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit United Kingdom 1031793' Netherlands ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 4. C. 0012

    2644218 ANDERSON JOHN McKENZIE J M 20 18/09/1944 Leading Aircraftman
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit United Kingdom 1583043' Netherlands ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 4. C. 0011
    Son of James and Elizabeth Anderson, of Onibury, Shropshire.

    2661530 SAMWELLS ERIC ARTHUR E A 21 22/09/1944 Leading Aircraftman
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit United Kingdom 1523597' Netherlands ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 4. C. 0020
    Son of William Thomas Samwells and Charlotte Annie Samwells, of East Acton, Middlesex.

    2661628 SWANN JOHN RICHARD J R 37 18/09/1944 Aircraftman 1st Class
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit United Kingdom 1382073' Netherlands ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 4. C. 0006
    Son of George H. and Charlotte Swann; husband of Grace Winifred Swann, of Sidcup, Kent.

    2661681 TISSHAW ALEXANDER JOHN A J 28 18/09/1944 Flight Lieutenant
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit United Kingdom 137710' Netherlands ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 4. C. 0009
    Son of Charles Ernest and Florence Elizabeth Tisshaw; husband of Marjorie Tisshaw, of Chingford, Essex.

    2661128 LASCELLES EDWIN HERBERT E H 34 18/09/1944 Leading Aircraftman
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit United Kingdom 1222580' Netherlands ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 4. C. 0007
    Son of William and Daisy Lascelles; husband of Edith Winifred Lascelles (nee Redfearn), of Hayes, Middlesex.

    2644361 BROOKS JAMES CHASSELS J C 31 18/09/1944 Leading Aircraftman
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    6341 Light Warning Unit United Kingdom 1470237' Netherlands ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 4. C. 0008
    Son of James and Jane Main Brooks, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
     
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  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    A while ago I was trying to research Lanarkshire men who fought at Arnhem, I have a little note on Brooks, he was on Horsa 5003 and was killed along with 5 others of the unit plus the 2 Glider Pilots when the Horsa crashed - I couldn't find him mentioned in the Hamilton Advertiser as my research was for the Airborne Forces I may just have missed him being RAF.
     
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  4. Simon_Fielding

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    One of my close friends' father was due to fly with them but didn't due to pneumonia or similar...
     
  5. Simon_Fielding

    Simon_Fielding Withnail67

    Report on Arnhem Operation 18-25 September 1944 by Lt Bruce Davis 1 st Lt USAF

    I presume this is in an American archive - or the Airborne Museum in Holland?? Which would be an easier source?

    TIA!!

    Simon
     
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  7. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    I was curious what role did a Light Warning Unit perform; this is a very short answer:
    From: 6080 & 6341 Light Warning Units, 38 Group : History

    Looking further I see it was radar? E.g.
    From: John M Anderson | ParaData

    A detailed explanation, cited in part:
    From: Arnhem Jim: Forgotten at Market Garden - RAF Fighter Control Officers and Radar Operators - Arnhem 1944
     

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