75 Sqdn Wellington MkIII DF639 shot down 6 Oct 1942

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  1. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    I met a relative of one of the aircrew whose uncle was on board.
    Wellington DF639 75 Squadron 6/7 October 1942 Osnabruck
    Shot down by a Lichtenstein radar equipped Do217J coded D5+LH night fighter flown by Lt. Hans Krause: Stab I./NJG3 Wellington 1 km. N. Slagharen: 3.100 m. at 23.04 of 75 Sqn Wellington DF639

    RHODES, GEORGE WILLIAM. Rank: Sergeant. Trade: Pilot. Service No: 1331658. Date of Death: 06/10/1942. Age: 20.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 13. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTESTANT CEMETERY.
    Additional Information: Son of Richard Allen Rhodes and Annie Rhodes, of Wembley, Middlesex

    SLATER, GEOFFREY. Rank: Sergeant. Trade: Air Bomber. Service No: 1287890. Date of Death: 06/10/1942. Age: 22.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 15. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTESTANT CEMETERY.
    Additional Information: Son of Harold and Ivy Marie Slater, of Sheffield.

    FORMAN, JOHN. Rank: Flight Sergeant. Trade: Wireless Op./Air Gunner. Service No: R/80334. Date of Birth: 11 Aug 1920. Date of Death: 06/10/1942.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 75 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
    Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 11. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTESTANT CEMETERY

    HOWES, WALTER JOHN. Rank: Sergeant. Trade:Air Bomber. Service No: 1378338. Date of Death: 06/10/1942.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 14. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTESTANT CEMETERY

    FORBES, JOHN. Rank: Sergeant. Trade: Rear Gunner. Service No: 1314891. Date of Death: 06/10/1942. Age: 21.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 12. Cemetery: HARDENBERG PROTESTANT CEMETERY.
    Additional Information: Son of Edward Morris Forbes and Mabel Harriett Forbes, of Wandsworth, London.

    There is a Memorial to this and the crew of another bomber that crashed nearby during WW2 in the village near which they crashed. The family have donated his medals, badges and other memorabilia to the local Dutch museum. They are honoured and remembered every 4th May.
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  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    R80334 F/Sgt John Forman RCAF was the son of James and Helen Forman of Reston, Manitoba.

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  4. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Thanks for the additional details, guys.
    The nephew said that his logbook recorded 5 Ops, whereas officially he only had 3.
    The info linked by CL1 shows the rest of the crew had 4 Ops, not 3, and perhaps the other 2 were familiarisation flights with other crews similar to Rhodes being 2nd pilot on 2 Ops before getting his "own" aircraft.
     
  5. angrynine

    angrynine New Member

    G.W. Rhodes Service No: 1331658.
    G. Slater Service No: 1287890.
     

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