Air Force deaths involving RAAF Australians in Northern Ireland Chronologically by County

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by spidge, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Geoff, I have Sgt L.R.B. Lee 1212863 (RAF, VR) , down as a survivor from this crash.

    An uncle of mine saw the aircraft fly over their land as it went down on the target moored off Boa Islands Dreenan shore.

    Attached Sgt, Sherry and the watch tower which still stands watch over the area on which FP193 crashed and a memorial stone three miles NE of Omagh marking the location of the crash of FP239 on 30/12/42.
     

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  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Geoff, I have Sgt L.R.B. Lee 1212863 (RAF, VR) , down as a survivor from this crash.

    An uncle of mine saw the aircraft fly over their land as it went down on the target moored off Boa Islands Dreenan shore.

    Attached Sgt, Sherry and the watch tower which still stands watch over the area on which FP193 crashed and a memorial stone three miles NE of Omagh marking the location of the crash of FP239 on 30/12/42.

    Thanks James.

    I thought so but needed to confirm. The info I had listed him as dying and only three survivors.

    Interestingly there was another "Bagley" killed on the same aircraft.

    F/Sgt. J.S.Liddle (Navigator) RAF.
    Sgt. C.W.Aldridge, (Navigator) RAF.
    Sgt. B.Bagley, (Airgunner) RAF

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  3. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Bagley is not a name you see every day of the week and as you say Geoff , two on the one crew.
    Sadly some of the crew were not recovered until some months later, poor Sgt. Sherry being one. :poppy: :poppy:
     
  4. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Edited with some corrections from James S.

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    418883 Pilot Officer SHARP, William John

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A9300 Barcode 5247070 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Consolidated Catalina IVA
    Serial number: JX242
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATT 202 SQN RAF

    Crew:

    F/lt. George Vincent Forbes-Lloyd Pilot 29, 115835 RAF (VR) Killed
    F/Sgt (1802210) Gordon Francis Tribble (s.pilot) RAFVR - killed
    P/O (418883) William John Sharp (obs.bomber) RAAF - killed
    W/O (1109089) Ernest Slack (obs.bomber) RAFVR - killed
    F/Sgt (967135) John William Geldert (F/Eng.) RAFVR - killed
    F/Sgt (578191) Peter Bryan Marshall (Wop) RAFVR - killed
    Sgt (1339183) Douglas William Nater (Wop) RAFVR - killed
    Sgt (1320050) Fred James Deem (Wop) RAFVR - killed

    Survivors:

    W/O (No.????) Clifford Henry Moore - RAFVR - ok
    F/Sgt (No.????) Charles Wilfred Bowater - RAFVR - ok

    Summary:

    Aircraft took off from Castle Archdale and crashed at Lough an Laban, Enniskillen at 0715 with eight deaths and two survivors.

    PO Sharp (Navigator) was killed on 20th November 1944, during air operations from
    County Fermanagh, Ireland.
    PO Sharp is buried in the Irvinestown Church of Ireland Churchyard, UK. The little town
    of Irvinestown is in the north of County Fermanagh, 12kms north of Enniskillen.
    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant GEORGE VINCENT FORBES-LLOYD
    Mentioned in Despatches

    115835, 202 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 29
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of A. S. Lloyd and Lilian Lloyd. Accountant.
    Remembered with honour
    RADLETT (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, ALDENHAM



    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant GORDON FRANCIS TRIBBLE

    1802210, 202 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Tribble, of Dorking.
    Remembered with honour
    DORKING CEMETERY



    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer WILLIAM JOHN SHARP

    418883, 202sqdn, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 21
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of Horace Hurstfield Sharp and Justine Sharp, of Burwood, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer ERNEST SLACK

    1109089, 202 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 31
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of John and Amelia Slack; husband of Margaret Slack, of East Stanley.
    Remembered with honour
    STANLEY NEW CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JOHN WILLIAM GELDERT

    967135, 202 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 28
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of James Beckett Geldert and Ann Ellen Geldert, of Morecambe; husband of Marie Geldert, of Morecambe.
    Remembered with honour
    TORRISHOLME CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant PETER BRYAN MARSHALL

    578191, 202 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of George and May Marshall; nephew of Mrs. A. J. Marshall, of Chichester.
    Remembered with honour
    CHICHESTER CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant DOUGLAS WILLIAM NATER

    1339183, 202 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of Edward and Ethel Nater, of Newbury Park.
    Remembered with honour
    ALDBOROUGH HATCH (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Sergeant FRED JAMES DEEM

    1320050, 202 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 23
    on 20 November 1944
    Son of Charles Gadd Deem and Elsie May Deem, of Wellington; husband of Muriel Jane Deem, of Wetherby Yorkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    WELLINGTON CEMETERY, Somerset
     
  5. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Geoff, the crew I have for this 202 cat.

    W/O Ernest Slack Nav/Bbr , 31, 1109089 RAF (VR).
    F/Sgt John William Geldert Fe, 28, 967135 RAF (VR).
    F/lt. George Vincent Forbes-Llyod Pilot 29, 115835 RAF (VR).
    Sgt. Douglas William Nater W.Op, 22, 1339183 RAF (VR).
    F/Sgt Gordon William Tribble. 2nd Pilot 21, 1802210 RAF (VR).
    F/Sgt Peter Bryan Marshall. Wop/FME 21, 578191 RAF (VR).
    Sgt. Fred James Deem Wop. 23, 1320050 RAF (VR).

    P/O. William James Sharpe. Nav. 21, 418883 RAAF

    Survivors Moore and Bowater as mentioned in your listing.

    Some photos to follow.

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/all-anniversaries/22664-memoriam-those-air-force-pilots-crews-who-died-day-ww2-17.html#post379847

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    The crew.

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    Memorial to the crew and that of a 201 Squadron aircraft which crashed in deep water close to the South Shore.

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    Guests at a memorial service for the 202 Squadron crew in Irvinestown. ( 2007).

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    Wreckage from the aircraft which was transporetd from the crash site to a remote hillside , a hole was blown in the bog land and the wreckage dumped into it.
     
  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Thanks James.

    Great photos.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  7. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    A sad loss so close to the end of the war, fatigue IMO.
     
  8. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    This is the completion of the County Fermanagh Deaths

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    410653 Flight Lieutenant GARRARD, John Percival

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/15/440 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Sunderland
    Serial number: ML 743
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 201 SQN RAF
    Base: Castle Archdale

    Summary:

    Sunderland ML743 on 14th March 1945, half an hour after take off, was proceeding on an
    anti submarine patrol via the corridor from Castle Archdale to Donegal Bay, when it flew
    into high ground (Crownard 1700 feet), crashed and burnt, 5 miles north west of Killy Begs, County Donegal,
    Eire. The aircraft and all engines were totally destroyed.

    Crew:

    RAF Flt Lt Hotten, D R Captain (Pilot)
    RCAF PO Becker, R D A (2nd Pilot)
    RAF Flt Sgt S B Frith, (3rd Pilot)
    RAF FO Howkins, V (Navigator)
    RAAF 410653 Flt Lt Garrard, J P (Navigator)
    RAF Flt Sgt D J T Twist, (Flight Engineer)
    RAF FO Cave, E N (1st Wireless Operator)
    RAF Flt Sgt N Davison, (2nd Wireless Operator)
    RAF Flt Sgt J G Robinson (WO Mech Air)
    RAF Sgt J McAvoy, (FME/Air Gunner)
    RAF Flt Sgt G R Kennedy, (Air Gunner)
    RAF Flt Sgt F N G Ford, (Air Gunner)

    Flt Lt Hotten, FO Howkins, PO Becker, Flt Sgt Frith, Flt Lt Garrard, FO Cave Flt Sgt N Davison and Flt Sgt Kennedy are buried in the
    Irvingstown Church of Ireland Churchyard, UK. The little town of Irvingstown is in the
    north of the County Fermanagh, 12kms north of Enniskillen.
    Flt Sgt Twist is buried in the Llanfair Caereinion Cemetery, UK.
    Flt Sgt Robinson is buried in the Hucknall Cemetery, UK. Hucknall is 8 miles north west
    of the City of Nottingham.
    Flt Ford is buried in the Taunton (St Mary) Churchyard, UK.
    Sgt J McAvoy is buried in the Glasgow (St.Peter's) Roman Catholic Cemetery.


    A link on this BBC page takes you to this with some more photos and detail
    Your Place And Mine - Fermanagh - St. Angelo Airport - best preserved WWII airfield in NI
    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant DENIS RALPH HATTON
    Mentioned in Despatches

    129070, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 23
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Richard George and Minnie Florence Hatton, of Skegness, Lincolnshire.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer ROBERT DOUGLAS ALBERT BECKER

    J/94373, 201 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of George Albert and Jean Lindsay Becker, of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant STANLEY BERNARD FRITH

    1622351, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Bernard and Marjorie Frith, of Sheffield.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant VIVIAN HOWKINS

    52705, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 31
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Arthur Edward and Ellen Howkins; husband of Annie Howkins, of Ampleforth, Yorkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant JOHN PERCIVAL GARRARD
    Mentioned in Despatches

    410653, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 32
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Richard and Elizabeth Garrard; husband of Dorothy Mabel Garrard, of Fairfield, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN (SACRED HEART) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant DAVID JOHN THOMAS TWIST

    1233231, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Frank Millshamp Twist and Agnes Mary Twist, of Llanfair Caereinion.
    Remembered with honour
    LLANFAIR CAEREINION CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer EDWARD NORMAN CAVE

    174865, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Edward George and Florence Annie Cave; husband of Elsie Marion Cave, of Grays, Essex.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant NORMAN DAVISON

    1091488, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Robert Kelly Davison and Jane Davison, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JAMES GEORGE ROBINSON

    1580143, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of James Ernest and Annie Robinson; husband of Doreen Robinson, of Hucknall.
    Remembered with honour
    HUCKNALL CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JAMES McAVOY

    1569940, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 21
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of George and Mary Wales McAvoy, of Glasgow.
    Remembered with honour
    GLASGOW (ST. PETER'S) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant GEORGE REGINALD KENNEDY

    1257641, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Edward and Annie Maria Kennedy, of Hanwell, Middlesex.
    Remembered with honour
    IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant FREDERICK NICKOLAS GEORGE FORD

    1587824, 201 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 14 March 1945
    Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Ford, of Taunton.
    Remembered with honour
    TAUNTON (ST. MARY'S) CEMETERY
     
  9. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    This is the start of the County Londonderry Deaths of which there were (9) deaths in (3) cemeteries.

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    408512 Sergeant PITHER, Vernon James

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/151/.94 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: DV 772
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 7 Op Training RAF

    Summary:

    On the 21st July 1942, Wellington DV772 took off from RAF Stone, on a non-operational
    day training flight of circuits and landings and low level flying in the low flying area over
    the sea. The aircraft crashed at 1610 hours some 200 yards north east of the Hotel Giants,
    Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, and the crew of two were killed.
    The aircraft was seen to fly inland over the Giants Causeway towards Bushmill and then
    turn outwards towards the sea. The aircraft crashed near Giants Causeway hotel just
    before the Clifton. Low cloud to 100/700 feet prevailed. Horizontal visibility was 15/20
    miles. The Pilots were acting against orders flying inland. The cause of the accident was
    obscure, but it was considered to be probably an error of judgement on the Captains part.
    .
    Crew:

    RNZAF PO Twentyman, W Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 408512 Sgt V J Pither, (Pilot)
    Both the crew are buried in the Drumachose (Christchurch) Church of Ireland
    Churchyard, Limavady, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer WILSON TWENTYMAN

    413913, Royal New Zealand Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 20 July 1942
    Son of William Ogden Twentyman and Millicent Agnes Twentyman, of Hukanui, Wellington, New Zealand.
    Remembered with honour
    DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Sergeant VERNON JAMES PITHER

    408512, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 28
    on 21 July 1942
    Son of James Luke and Rosanna Amelia Pither, of Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD
     
  10. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    408619 Sergeant BERGER, Colin Bruce

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/5/32 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: HX 430
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 7 Op Training RAF

    Summary:

    On the 31st January 1943, Wellington HX430 took off on a non-operational night training
    flight, and crashed at 2115 hours at Limavady, County Derry, Northern Ireland. All the
    crew were killed. It appeared that the Pilot lost control of the aircraft at a height of 100
    feet, when the aircraft was on its final approach to land at night. The aircraft rose, stalled,
    dropping one wing and dived into the ground.

    Crew:

    RCAF Sgt B E Samuels, (1st Pilot)
    RAF PO Milsom, W W (2nd Pilot)
    RAAF 408619 Sgt C B Berger, (Observer)
    RAF Sgt E Highfield, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt J Clark, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt E Greenwood, (Wireless Air Gunner)

    Sgt Samuel is buried in the Carnmoney Jewish Cemetery, UK.
    PO Milsom is buried in the Bebington (Plymyard) Cemetery, UK
    Sgt Berger is buried in the Drumachose (Christ Church) Church of Ireland, Limavady,
    Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
    Sgt Highfield is buried in the New Shildon (All Saints) Cemetery, UK.
    Sgt Clark is buried in the Limavady (St Mary) Roman Catholic Church Cemetery, UK.
    Sgt Greenwood is buried is buried in the Mankinholes Methodist Chapelyard, UK.

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant BERNARD EDWIN SAMUELS

    R/117592, Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 31 January 1943
    Son of Harold and Rose Samuels, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    CARNMONEY JEWISH CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer WILLIAM WESTON MILSOM

    130249, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 31 January 1943
    Son of William Weston Milsom and Mary Alice Milsom, of Bromborough.
    Remembered with honour
    BEBINGTON (PLYMYARD) CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant COLIN BRUCE BERGER

    408619, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 24
    on 31 January 1943
    Son of Eugene Wallace Berger and Grace Gertrude Plaskitt Berger, of Toorak, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Sergeant EDWARD HIGHFIELD

    1029036, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 23
    on 31 January 1943
    Son of Francis and Agnes Highfield; husband of Mildred Highfield of Shildon.
    Remembered with honour
    NEW SHILDON (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOSEPH CLARK

    1031745, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 31 January 1943
    Son of Joseph and Grace Evelyn Clark, of Eccles, Lancashire.
    Remembered with honour
    LIMAVADY (ST. MARY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant ERNEST GREENWOOD

    1030029, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 01 February 1943
    Son of Sarah H. Greenwood, of Todmorden.
    Remembered with honour
    MANKINHOLES METHODIST CHAPELYARD
     
  11. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    404206 Warrant Officer CLARKE, Eric George

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/7/222 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Anson
    Serial number: N 5372
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: No 17 Group RAF

    Summary:

    On the 18th October 1943, Anson N5372 took off at approx 1940 hours to carry out a
    night non-operational navigation B3 exercise. The aircraft crashed at 2115 hours in
    Ballycastle, County Antrim, North Ireland. Two of the crew were killed and two injured.
    The Pilot who survived the crash, later stated ; “On the last leg of the exercise, the
    aircraft was flying at 2,400 feet. It was however eleven miles to the starboard of track, a
    fact not known to the crew. I decided to descend to 2,000 feet to avoid another aircraft.
    We approached Knocklayde from the downwind side of the mountain, and the wind was
    150 degrees at 35/40 kms per hour. There would have been an extensively strong down
    draft as we approached the mountainside. After the aircraft struck Knocklayde, SOS
    procedures were carried out and preparations were made for a ditching.”

    Crew:

    RAF FO Cooper, J G Captain (Pilot) Injured
    Polish Wg Cdr Heiler, W R (1st Navigator Pupil) Killed
    RAF Flt Lt Dunn, J K (2nd Navigator Pupil) Injured
    RAAF 404206 WO E G Clarke, (Staff Wireless Air Gunner) Killed

    WO Clarke is buried in the Drumachose (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Churchyard,
    Limavady, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

    Drumachose (Christ Church) 404206 Clarke_EG.JPG
    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer ERIC GEORGE CLARKE

    404206, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 18 October 1943
    Son of Eric William and Olive Marion Clarke; husband of Vivian Myrtle Clarke, of Banyo, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    No details on the burial place of this Polish officer.

    Polish Wing Commander Heiler, W R (1st Navigator Pupil) Killed
     
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    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    422770 Flight Sergeant WALSH, John Joseph

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/43/405 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: LB 247
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 7 Op Training RAF

    Summary:

    On the 5th November 1943, Wellington LB247 took off from RAF Limavady, detailed to
    carry out a non-operational day training exercise, which required the Instructor to
    demonstrate to the Pupil Captain and crew torpedo attacks on HM ships in the local area
    off Loch Foyle. The aircraft crashed at 1600 hour one mile east of Limavady and Flt Sgt
    Walsh was killed, and the remainder were injured.
    The accident was considered due to the inexperience of the Instructor and the sudden
    arrival of frontal conditions while the aircraft was in the circuit area. The Pupil Pilot lost
    sight of the ground and struck high ground in making too wide a circuit. He was not held
    to blame for the accident.

    Crew:

    RAAF 404360 FO McFadden, W (Instructor)
    RCAF FO Dickson, W T K Captain (Pupil Pilot)
    RCAF PO Jennie, O H (2nd Pilot)
    RAAF 414296 FO McInnes, L F (Navigator)
    RAAF Flt Sgt H Williams, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF Flt Sgt E Smythe, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 422770 Flt Sgt J J Walsh

    Flt Sgt Walsh is buried in the Limavady (St Mary) Roman Catholic Cemetery,
    Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

    Limavady St Mary's RC Cemetery.JPG
    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JOHN JOSEPH WALSH

    422770, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 05 November 1943
    Son of John Joseph and Mary Madeline Walsh, of Enfield, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    LIMAVADY (ST. MARY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH CEMETERY
     

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    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    414859 Flight Sergeant WOODS, Leslie

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/44/69 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: DV 664
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 7 Op Training RAF

    Summary:

    On the 28th November 1943, Wellington DV664 took off on a non-operational daytime
    bombing practice, and crashed at 1220 hours 100 yards north east of the Strand, Port
    Ballintrae, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. All the crew lost their lives.
    Eye witness reported that the aircraft bombed the target on a low level bombing drop, and
    then turned to starboard at a height of approx 200 feet. On completing the turn the aircraft
    dived directly into the sea after the aircraft had straightened up. The accident occurred
    during daylight with strong winds and heavy seas. Had the accident been due to stalling
    in the turn, it was thought the aircraft would have gone in one wing first. There was
    insufficient evidence as to the cause of the crash, but it was considered probable that the
    Pilot stalled the aircraft.

    Crew:

    RAF FO Waite, P (1st Pilot)
    RAF Sgt G A Bennett, (2nd Pilot)
    RAF FO Knight, J B (Navigator)
    RAAF 414859 Flt Sgt L Woods, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 409167 Flt Sgt J W Marshall, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt C A Stout, (Wireless Air Gunner)

    Flt Sgt Woods body and that of Sgt Stout were washed ashore.
    Flt Sgt Woods is buried in the Drumachose (Christ Church) Church of Ireland
    Churchyard, Limavady, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
    Sgt Stout is buried in the Chingford Mount Cemetery, UK.
    All the others have no known grave and their names are commemorated on the Memorial
    to the Missing, Runnymede, UK.

    In Memory of
    Flying Officer PHIL WAITE

    133073, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 28 November 1943
    Son of Samuel and Annie Doris Waite, of Harrogate, Yorkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant GEOFFREY ALBERT BENNETT

    1323266, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 28 November 1943

    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer JOHN BURTON KNIGHT

    132409, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 28 November 1943
    Son of Nelson and Madge Knight, of Hampton Wick, Middlesex.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant LESLIE WOODS

    414859, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 29
    on 28 November 1943
    Son of Henry and Mary Woods; husband of Elsie May Woods, of Mount Tamborine, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JAMES WILFRED MARSHALL

    409167, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 28 November 1943
    Son of James Wright Marshall and Jane Marshall, of Highett, Victoria, Australia. Chemist.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant CYRIL ALBERT STOUT

    1321728, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 28 November 1943
    Son of Frederick William and Eleanor May Stout; husband of Jean Stout, of Leyton.
    Remembered with honour
    CHINGFORD MOUNT CEMETERY
     
  14. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/4/132 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Liberator
    Serial number: FL 990
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 59 SQN RAF

    Summary:

    Liberator FL990 took off from RAF Ballykelly for an anti submarine patrol on 19th June
    1944, and set course from Inishtrahull. About five minutes after take off the aircraft hit
    high ground at Inishowen Head and burst into flames The high ground was covered with
    cloud base down to 900 feet, although the cloud base at the drome was about 1500 feet,
    and the aircraft was seen to climb up to about this height after take off.

    Within minutes of taking off from Ballykelly the aircraft collided with Shrove Hill, just across Lough Foyle at Greencastle. At the time of the crash the mountain was shrouded in such dense fog that the Liberator was initially located by the sound of exploding munitions by those first at the scene. The aircraft hit the hill at a height of 1,500 feet and slid along the ground a distance of 200 yards.
    The Irish Army recorded the time of the crash at 1.10pm, but a local man who, as a teenager, visited the site shortly after the crash, puts the time between noon and 12.30. The 59 Squadron ORB gives no take-off time.

    Crew:

    RAF Flt Lt Wade, R P Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Flt Sgt J Anderson, (2nd Pilot)
    RAF Flt Sgt J Haines, (Navigator)
    RAF Flt Sgt J Utting, (Flight Engineer) Alias Utting/Real name Steer
    RAF Flt Sgt J Cook (Wireless Operator Mech/Air Gunner
    RAF FO Parson, J A (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 422370 Flt Sgt K J N Apitz, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 421978 Flt Sgt N A Cooper, (Wireless Air Gunner)

    The aircraft crashed off Melville, County Donegal, Ireland, and all the crew were killed.
    Flt Lt Wade, and Flt Sgt’s Haines, Apitz and Cooper are buried in the Tamlaght Finlagan
    Church of Ireland, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK.
    Flt Sgt Anderson is buried in the Dunfermline Cemetery, Fifeshire, UK.
    Sgt Cook is buried in the London Colney (St Peter) Churchyard, Hertfordshire, UK.
    FO Parsons is buried in the Bradford (Bowling) Cemetery Yorkshire, UK.
    Flt Sgt Utting is buried in the Hucknall Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, UK.
    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant ROWLAND PAINE WADE

    88398, 59 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 30
    on 19 June 1944
    Son of John Francis and Maud Mary Wade; husband of Zelie Nienes Cockburn Wade, of Pewsey, Wiltshire.
    Remembered with honour
    TAMLAGHT FINLAGAN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JOHN ANDERSON

    1550924, 59 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 19 June 1944
    Son of Henry and Violet H. H. Anderson, of Kelty.
    Remembered with honour
    DUNFERMLINE CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JOHN HAINES

    931471, 59 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 19 June 1944
    Son of Edward and Jane Haines, of Deptford, London.
    Remembered with honour
    TAMLAGHT FINLAGAN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JAMES UTTING (Alias - Steer)

    564898, ALIAS
    who died age 29
    on 19 June 1944
    see STEER, the true family name.
    Remembered with honour
    HUCKNALL CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JAMES STEER (Alias - Utting)

    564898, 59 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 29
    on 19 June 1944
    (served as UTTING). Son of James and Elizabeth Steer, of Hucknall.
    Remembered with honour
    HUCKNALL CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN COOK

    1384560, 59 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 19
    on 19 June 1944
    Son of John and Margery Cook, of London Colney.
    Remembered with honour
    LONDON COLNEY (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer JAMES ALFRED PARSONS

    128381, 59 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 19 June 1944
    Son of Marwood and Ruth Parsons, of Bradford; husband of Katherine Irene Parsons, of Lidget Green, Bradford.
    Remembered with honour
    BRADFORD (BOWLING) CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant KENNETH JOHN NIELSEN APITZ

    422370, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 19 June 1944
    Foster-son of Anders Nielsen and Evelyn Ruth Apitz, of Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    TAMLAGHT FINLAGAN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant NORMAN ATHOL COOPER

    421978, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 19 June 1944
    Son of Alfred Ernest and Rhoda May Cooper, of Tingha, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    TAMLAGHT FINLAGAN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD
     
  15. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/24/592 Commonwealth war Graves record
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: HF 396
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 172 SQN RAF

    Summary:

    Wellington HF396 of 172 Sqn RAF took off at 0148 hours on 14 November 1944, to
    carry out an operational patrol over the sea at night in an area north west of Ireland..
    Shortly after take off the Coast Guard at Ramoor Head at 0156 hours reported seeing an
    aircraft coming from south of the River Foyle at a height of approx 1500 feet and heading
    towards the sea. Intermittent flashes were coming from the tail of the aircraft and in less
    than a minute the aircraft burst into flames, and crashed into the sea.8 to12 miles from
    Portrush. Some wreckage washed up in Eire revealed evidence of extensive fire damage
    in the fuselage. Salvage operations were conducted but no trace of the aircraft or the
    missing crew was found.

    Crew:

    RAF Flt Sgt Baxter, J R Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Flt Sgt Jerrard, R D J (2nd Pilot)
    RAAF 422034 WO Weeks, G V (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
    RAAF 425523 WO Lawrence, J G (Wireless Operator Air)
    RAF Flt Sgt Hall, H G (Wireless Operator Air)
    RAF Sgt Pike, W B (Wireless Operator Air)

    WO Weeks body was recovered from the sea off Magilligan Point, Northern Ireland, and
    he is buried at the Drumchose (Christ Church) Church of Ireland, Limavady,
    Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The remaining crew members have no known grave and
    their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey,
    UK.
    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer JOHN ROBERT BAXTER

    188172, 172 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 25
    on 14 November 1944
    Son of John Charles and Hilda Grace Baxter; husband of Kathleen Rose Baxter, of Kentish Town, London.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant RAYMOND DANIEL JERRARD

    1320341, 172 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 14 November 1944
    Son of Joseph James Jerrard and Maggie Jerrard, of Chideock, Dorsetshire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer GEORGE VICTOR WEEKS

    422034, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 30
    on 14 November 1944
    Son of Daniel Robert and Priscilla Elizabeth Weeks, of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia; husband of Nancy May Weeks, of Manly Vale, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer JAMES GOUDIE LAWRENCE

    425523, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 21
    on 14 November 1944
    Son of Robert and Margaret Lawrence, of Dululu, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant HERBERT HALL

    1084150, 172 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 23
    on 14 November 1944
    Son of James and Esther Hall, of Bolton, Lancashire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant WILLIAM BARLE PIKE

    798695, 172 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 14 November 1944
    Son of William Henry and Alice Margaret Pike, of Buchans, Newfoundland.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
     
  16. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    This is the final death for Australians in County Londonderry and Ireland in ww2
    :poppy::poppy::poppy::poppy:

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    37399 Flight Sergeant GILLIAN, Robert Hugh

    Source:

    AWM 237 (650 NAA : A705, 166/15/434 Commonwealth Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Anson
    Serial number: LV 153
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 1 ( O ) Advance Flying RAF

    Summary:

    On the night of 5/6th March 1945, Anson L153 took off from RAF Wigtown,
    Wigtownshire, Scotland, at 2130 hours, to carry out a non operational night navigation
    exercise. The aircraft crashed into the Sperrin Mountains just south of Londonderry,
    County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, at 0030 hours. Four of the crew were killed and Sgt
    Shaxson was seriously injured.

    Crew:

    RCAF PO MacFadyen I L (Pilot)
    RAAF 37399 Flt Sgt R H Gillian, (Navigator)
    RAF Sgt T M D Shaxson, (Air Bomber)
    RAF WOI J Pennack, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt R A Button, (Wireless Air Gunner)

    Flt Sgt Gillian is buried in the Limavady (St Mary) Roman Catholic Church Cemetery,
    Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
    WO Pennack is buried in the Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery, UK.
    Sgt Button is buried in the Bolsterstone (St Mary) Churchyard, UK.
    In Memory of
    Flying Officer IAN LACHLAN MacFADYEN

    J/36483, Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 21
    on 06 March 1945
    Son of Alexander and Catherine MacFadyen, of Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    TAMLAGHT FINLAGAN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD

    Limavady St Mary's RCC 37399 Gillian_RH.JPG

    Limavady St Mary's RC Cemetery.JPG

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant ROBERT HUGH GILLIAN

    37399, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 06 March 1945
    Son of Alexander Joseph and Eleanor Grace Gillian, of Bondi, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    LIMAVADY (ST. MARY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer JACK PENNACK

    1292351, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 06 March 1945
    Son of Henry Pennack and of Nellie Gwenoth Pennack (nee Hyde), of Southend-on-Sea, husband of Lesbia Kathleen Pennack, of Southchurch, Southend-on-Sea.
    Remembered with honour
    SOUTHEND-ON-SEA (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant RICHARD ARTHUR BUTTON

    3041475, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 19
    on 06 March 1945
    Son of Horace and Blanche Button of Deepcar.
    Remembered with honour
    BOLSTERSTONE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
     
  17. RAFCommands

    RAFCommands Senior Member

    MF396 was Struck Off Charge 24th May 1945.

    The correct aircraft serial for this loss is HF396

    Ross
     
  18. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    MF396 was Struck Off Charge 24th May 1945.

    The correct aircraft serial for this loss is HF396

    Ross

    Thanks Ross.

    Has been edited.

    The information sent to Australia was extremely difficult to decipher and much worse using copied documents. Predominantly with surnames and initials and local place names which I have been able to confirm with the CWGC database and a little geographical knowledge.

    Cheers

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

    from my photo collection for one of the casualties

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    Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) FORBES-LLOYD, GEORGE VINCENT
    Service Number 115835

    Died 20/11/1944

    Aged 29

    202 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Mentioned in Despatches

    Son of A. S. Lloyd and Lilian Lloyd. Accountant.


    INSCRIPTION
    HE WAS A VERRAY PARFIT GENTIL KNIGHT" SO MISSED, SO LOVED
    Buried at RADLETT (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, ALDENHAM

    Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 8

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Grave 161
     
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