Dambusters - Can you help us find their final resting place and headstones!

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  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    I'm not sure what the above file is all about Brian but, I have copies of WO344 files of the 5 that were taken prisoner. These were the only members of 617 Sqn on the raid that were POW's

    On the raid

    Anthony Burcher - Shot down: 17th May 1943
    John Fraser - Shot down: 17th May 1943
    Fred Tees - shot down: 17th May 1943

    Later Operations.

    Ray Grayston -Shot down: 16th September 1943
    Henry O'Brien - Shot down: 16th September 1943
    I also have the E & E reports for the rest of F/Lt Knight's crew.

    Just to look at a few of these later posts and confirm the detail. I have gone through these crews one by one and concur with the above and I am not aware of 5 Mohne dam crew and their deaths in camps.

    Four of these lads became POW and one evaded.

    John Hopgood's crew
    P/O John William Fraser Canada POW 17/05/43 Survived War
    P/O Anthony Fisher Burcher (DFM) Australia POW 17/05/43 Survived War

    Leslie Knight's Crew
    Sgt Raymond Ernest Grayston UK POW 16/09/43 Survived War
    F/Sgt Robert George Thomas Kellow (DFM) Australian Evaded 16/09/43
    Sgt Harry E. O'Brien Canada POW 16/09/43 Survived War

    I am yet to see a site which has all the particulars of full names etc, so I have been busy but have run into a brick wall with more than a few. Anybody??

    With this group, can anyone assist with the second name for Harry O'Brien above. Come on you Canadian members.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    This is where I need a little assistance to complete these details of the three waves.

    Anything in RED except "Australian" needs extra info eg full name. Also need a death date or year for those who survived the war. All help appreciated.

    FirstWave
    AJ-G ED932/G
    W/Cdr Guy Penrose Gibson (VC) (DSO & Bar) (DFC & Bar) UK 19/09/44
    Sgt John Pulford (DFM) UK 13/07/44
    P/O Torger Harlo Taerum (DFC) Canada 16/09/43
    Flt Lt Robert Edward George Hutchison (DFC & Bar) UK 16/09/43
    P/O Frederick Michael Spafford (DFC) (DFM) Australian 16/09/43
    F/Sgt George Andrew Deering (DFC) Canada 16/09/43
    Flt Lt Richard Algernon Dacre Trevor-Roper (DFC) (DFM) UK 31/03/44

    AJ-M ED925/G
    Flt Lt John Vere Hopgood (DFC & Bar) UK 17/05/43
    Sgt Charles Brennan UK 17/05/43
    F/O Kenneth Earnshaw Canada 17/05/43
    Sgt John William Minchin 17/05/43
    P/O John William Fraser Canada POW

    F/O George Henry Ford Goodwin Gregory (DFM) UK 17/05/43
    P/O Anthony Fisher Burcher (DFM) Australia POW

    AJ-P ED909/G
    Flt Lt Harold Brownlow Morgan Martin (DSO & Bar) (DFC & 2 Bars) (ACF) Australia
    P/O Ivan Whittaker UK
    Flt Lt Jack Frederick Leggo (DFC & Bar) Australia
    F/O Leonard Chambers (DFC) New Zealand
    Flt Lt Robert Claude Hay (DFC & Bar) Australia 13/02/44
    P/O Bertie Towner Foxlee (DFC) (DFM) Australia

    F/Sgt Thomas Drayton Simpson (DFC) (DFM) Australia

    AJ-A ED877/G
    Sqn Ldr Henry Melville Young (DFC & Bar) USA 17/05/43
    Sgt David Taylor Horsfall UK 17/05/43
    F/Sgt Charles Walpole Roberts UK 17/05/43
    Sgt Lawrence William Nichols UK 17/05/43
    F/O V.S. MacCausland Canada 17/05/43
    Sgt Gordon Arthur Yeo UK 17/05/43
    Sgt Wilfred Ibbotson UK 17/05/43

    AJ-J ED906/G
    Flt Lt David John Maltby (DSO) (DFC) UK 15/09/43
    Sgt William Hatton UK 15/09/43
    Sgt Vivian Nicholson (DFM) UK 15/09/43
    Sgt Antony Joseph B. Stone UK 15/09/43 Born Winchester 1921
    P/O John Fort (DFC) UK 15/09/43
    Sgt Victor Hill UK 15/09/43
    Sgt Harold Thomas Simmonds UK 15/09/43

    AJ-L ED929/G
    Flt Lt David John Shannon (DSO & Bar) (DFC & Bar) Australian 8/04/1993
    Sgt Robert Jack Henderson (DFM) UK
    F/O Daniel Revie Walker (DFC & Bar) Canada
    F/O Brian (Concave) Goodale (DFC & Bar) UK
    F/Sgt Leonard Joseph Sumpter (DFM) (DFC) UK
    Sgt Brian Jagger (DFM) UK
    P/O Jack Buckley (DFC) UK

    AJ-Z ED937/G
    Sqn Ldr Henry Eric Maudsley (DFC) UK 17/05/43
    Sgt John Marriott (DFM) UK 17/05/43
    F/O Robert Alexander Urquhart (DFC) Canada 17/05/43
    WO2 Aldem Preston Cottam Canada 17/05/43
    P/O Michael John David Fuller UK 17/05/43
    F/O William John Tytherleigh (DFC) UK 17/05/43
    Sgt Norman Rupert Burrows UK 17/05/43


    AJ-B ED864/G
    Flt Lt William Astell (DFC) UK 17/05/43
    Sgt John Kinnear UK 17/05/43
    P/O Floyd Alwin Wile Canada 17/05/43
    WO2 Abram Garshowitz Canada 17/05/43
    F/O Donald Hopkinson UK 17/05/43
    F/Sgt Francis Anthony Garbas Canada 17/05/43
    Sgt Richard Bolitho UK 17/05/43

    AJ-N ED912/G
    P/O Leslie Gordon Knight (DSO) (MID) Australia 16/09/43
    Sgt Raymond Ernest Grayston UK POW
    F/O Harold Sydney Hobday (DFC) UK
    F/Sgt Robert George Thomas Kellow (DFM) Australian Evaded
    F/O Edward Cuthbert Johnson (DFC) UK
    Sgt Frederick E. Sutherland Canada
    Sgt Harry E. O'Brien Canada POW 16/09/43
    Second Wave
    AJ-E ED927/G
    Flt Lt Robert Norman George Barlow (DFC) Australia 16/05/43
    P/O Samuel Leslie Whillis UK 16/05/43
    F/O Philip Sidney Burgess UK 16/05/43
    F/O Charles Rowland Williams Australia 16/05/43
    P/O Alan Gillespie (DFM) (DFC) UK 16/05/43
    F/O Harvey Sterling Glinz Canada 16/05/43
    Sgt Jack Robert George Liddell UK 16/05/43

    AJ-W ED921/G
    Flt Lt John Leslie Munro (DSO) (DFC) New Zealand
    Sgt Frank Ernest Appleby (DFM) UK
    F/O Francis Grant Rumbles (DFC & Bar) UK/SA?
    Sgt Percy Edgar Pigeon (DFC) Canada
    Sgt James Henry Clay (DFC) UK
    Sgt William Howarth (DFM) UK
    F/Sgt Harvey Alexander Weeks (DFC) Canada

    AJ-K ED934/G
    P/O Vernon William Byers Canada 16/05/43
    Sgt Alistair James Taylor UK 16/05/43
    F/O James Herbert Warner UK 16/05/43
    Sgt John Wilkinson UK 16/05/43
    P/O Arthur Neville Whitaker UK 16/05/43
    Sgt Charles McAllister Jarvie UK 16/05/43
    F/Sgt James McDowell Canada 16/05/43

    AJ-H ED936/G
    P/O Geoffrey Rice (DFC) UK POW Died 1981
    Sgt Edward Clarence Smith UK 20/12/43
    F/O Richard MacFarlane UK 20/12/43
    Sgt Chester Bruce Gowrie Canada 20/12/43 Murdered??
    F/Sgt John William Thrasher Canada 20/12/43
    Sgt Thomas William Maynard UK 20/12/43
    Sgt Stephen Burns UK 20/12/43

    AJ-T ED825/G
    Flt Lt Joseph Charles McCarthy (DSO) (DFC & Bar) USA
    Sgt William Radcliffe (DFC) Canada
    F/Sgt Donald Arthur McLean (DFM) Canada
    Sgt Leonard Eaton UK
    Sgt George Leonard Johnson (DFM) UK
    Sgt Ronald Batson (DFM) UK
    F/O David Rodger (DFC) Canada Died 1/9/2004
    Third Wave
    AJ-C ED910/G
    P/O Warner Ottley (DFC) UK 16/05/43
    Sgt Ronald Marsden UK 16/05/43
    F/O Jack Kenneth Barrett (DFC) UK 16/05/43
    Sgt Jack Guterman (DFM) UK 16/05/43
    F/Sgt Thomas Bar Johnston UK 16/05/43
    Sgt Frank Tees (UK) POW Died 1981 or 1989?
    Sgt Harry John Strange UK 16/05/43

    AJ-S ED865/G
    P/O Lewis Johnstone Burpee (DFM) Canada 17/05/43
    Sgt Guy Pegler UK 17/05/43
    Sgt Thomas Faye UK 17/05/43
    P/O Leonard George Weller UK 17/05/43
    WO2 James Lamb Arthur Canada 17/05/43
    Sgt William Charles Arthur Long UK 17/05/43
    WO2 Joseph Gordon Brady Canada 17/05/43

    AJ-F ED918/G
    F/Sgt Kenneth William Brown (CGM) Canada
    Sgt Harry Basil Feneron UK
    Sgt Dudley Percy Heal (DFM) UK
    Sgt Harry J. Hewstone UK
    Sgt Stefan Oancia (DFM) Canada
    Sgt Daniel Allaston UK 16/09/43
    F/Sgt Grant S. MacDonald UK
    AJ-O ED886/G
    P/O William Clifford Townsend (CGM) (DFC) UK 15/04/1991
    Sgt Dennis John Dean Powell (MiD) UK
    P/O Cecil Lancelot Howard (DFC) Australia
    F/Sgt George Alexander Chalmers (DFM) (DFC) UK
    Sgt Charles Ernest Franklin (DFM & Bar) UK
    Sgt Douglas Edward Webb (DFM) UK
    Sgt Raymond Wilkinson (DFM) UK

    AJ-Y ED924/G
    F/Sgt Cyril Thorpe Anderson UK 23/09/43
    Sgt Robert Campbell Patterson UK 23/09/43
    Sgt John Percival Nugent UK 23/09/43
    Sgt William Douglas Bickle UK 23/09/43
    Sgt Gilbert John Green UK 23/09/43
    Sgt Eric Ewan UK 23/09/43
    Sgt Arthur William Buck UK 23/09/43

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  3. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    Dudley Heal was one of my Managers when I worked at Southampton Docks in the 1970's. I believe that he died there in 1999

    John
     
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Geoff,

    Just reading through this great thread and was struck by the following mention of Murder.

    AJ-H ED936/G
    P/O Geoffrey Rice (DFC) UK POW
    Sgt Edward Clarence Smith UK 20/12/43
    F/O Richard MacFarlane UK 20/12/43
    Sgt Chester Bruce Gowrie Canada 20/12/43 Murdered
    F/Sgt John William Thrasher Canada 20/12/43
    Sgt Thomas William Maynard UK 20/12/43
    Sgt Stephen Burns UK 20/12/43


    On checking sites he is shown as KIA.

    Anyone with knowledge of the circumstances of death.

    Dambusters Raid - The Canadian Contribution

    [​IMG]

    Gowrie is on front row 4th from left.

    Sgt. Chester B. Gowrie
    (Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan) (P/O Rice's wireless operator)
    -Survived the Raid but killed in action Dec. 20, 1943

    Regards
    Tom
     
  5. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Dudley Heal was one of my Managers when I worked at Southampton Docks in the 1970's. I believe that he died there in 1999

    John

    Hi John,

    Anyway to confirm the date of death and where he is buried? Would be great to have them all complete and a photo of their graves.

    Not an easy task.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Geoff,

    Just reading through this great thread and was struck by the following mention of Murder.

    AJ-H ED936/G
    P/O Geoffrey Rice (DFC) UK POW
    Sgt Edward Clarence Smith UK 20/12/43
    F/O Richard MacFarlane UK 20/12/43
    Sgt Chester Bruce Gowrie Canada 20/12/43 Murdered
    F/Sgt John William Thrasher Canada 20/12/43
    Sgt Thomas William Maynard UK 20/12/43
    Sgt Stephen Burns UK 20/12/43


    On checking sites he is shown as KIA.

    Anyone with knowledge of the circumstances of death.

    Dambusters Raid - The Canadian Contribution

    [​IMG]

    Gowrie is on front row 4th from left.

    Sgt. Chester B. Gowrie
    (Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan) (P/O Rice's wireless operator)
    -Survived the Raid but killed in action Dec. 20, 1943

    Regards
    Tom




    Hi Tom,

    Trying to confirm this!

    Dambusters.org say murdered and Special Forces Roll of Honour states that the Red Cross reported Gowrie shot by the Germans.

    I have not been able to find anymore.

    I have changed the master to red with a question mark as it should have been in the first place.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  7. Peter Bennett

    Peter Bennett Peter Bennett

  8. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    Hi John,

    Anyway to confirm the date of death and where he is buried? Would be great to have them all complete and a photo of their graves.

    Not an easy task.

    Cheers

    Geoff

    Geoff

    According to Ancestry he died in February 1999 at Southampton. I'll see if I can get anything from the local papers

    John
     
  9. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Re: Chester Gowrie of the Rice crew.

    I have his complete RCAF service file as well as that of Thrashers. There is no hint of a war crime in Gowrie's file.

    I, too, keep reading that this (Gowrie murdered) is mentioned in a book on the Dams Raid but nobody seems to know it's title or the source of the statement that he was murdered.
     
  10. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    According to Dambusters .org it was the Red Cross.

    Gowrie
    reported by the Red Cross to have been "shot" by the Germans.


    Was he "shot" while trying to escape etc?

    Edit:

    Found a book source: Page 27
    Aviation Elite Units - No.617 'Dambusters' Sqn.

    [FONT=&quot]The Remaining six members of Rice's crew perished, although a later Belgian police report indicated that the wireless operator, WO Bruce Gowrie had survived only to be shot by the Germans while trying to escape.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]However, this contradicts Canadian reports which suggest that he died as the aircraft crashed. [/FONT]


    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  11. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Interesting. Thanks, Geoff.

    There is zero in the file on this. As you know most MRES/MREU teams were headed up by an RAF man, usually a F/O or S/Ldr so I don't know why something this important would be missed. Sure, they didn't CSI techniques back then but those teams did the best they could with the limited resources at hand.

    Cheers.
     
  12. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    With the info above, I don't know whether you could actually call it "murder".

    What do you think?

    Cheers
    Geoff
     
  13. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    With this group, can anyone assist with the second name for Harry O'Brien above.

    From RCAF Casualty List No. 714, issued 24 October 1943:

    O'Brien, Henry Earl, F/Sgt, missing on active service on air operations overseas

    From RCAF Casualty List No. 724, issued 4 November 1943:

    O'Brien, Henry Earl, F/Sgt, previously reported missing on active service on air operations overseas, now reported prisoner of war (Germany)
     
  14. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    With the info above, I don't know whether you could actually call it "murder".

    What do you think?

    Cheers
    Geoff

    When I think murder of aircrew I put the crew of MZ348 at the top of the list. Reading F/O Berwick's report of what happened (file at NAA) to his crewmates is just chilling.

    I would like to see a copy of this Belgian police report because, as mentioned, there is nothing in Gowrie's file pertaining to any murder.
     
  15. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    From RCAF Casualty List No. 714, issued 24 October 1943:

    O'Brien, Henry Earl, F/Sgt, missing on active service on air operations overseas

    From RCAF Casualty List No. 724, issued 4 November 1943:

    O'Brien, Henry Earl, F/Sgt, previously reported missing on active service on air operations overseas, now reported prisoner of war (Germany)

    Thanks Alieneyes,

    We are in a quandary here it seems!

    All websites call him Harry E!

    eg: from Dambusters.org

    Sergeant Harry E. O’Brien RCAF (R142252) Rear Gunner:
    Prisoner of war 16 September 1942, sent to POW Camp No. 357 Kopernikus.
    Now living in Canada.


    Your info states Henry?

    Is this a cut and paste from the Canadian site? If so, he is Henry not Harry.

    Please advise.
     
  16. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Your info states Henry?

    Is this a cut and paste from the Canadian site? If so, he is Henry not Harry.

    Please advise.

    All Canadian casualty lists were published in Canadian newspapers at the time, usually with 5-8 weeks of loss. I have several dozen examples of letters sent to next of kin from the RCAF senior casualty officer advising them that their son, brother or husband's name would appear in the press in that time frame. I believe Oz did the same thing, just not sure if the Australian papers published the middle name. The Canadian newspapers sometimes added the street address of the NOK as well. P/O Deering's father's street address is listed on the same Casualty List as is F/O Warwick's.

    So this wasn't a copy and paste but a direct transcription of what the newspapers said. The only thing I left out on each entry was his father's name, given as J T O'Brien (as next of kin)and hometown (Regina).

    In the time frame mentioned RCAF Casualty List No. 721, dated 1 November 1943, lists another O'Brien. P/O Wallace Wesley O'Brien, previously reported missing on active service on air operations overseas, now for official purposes presumed dead. Mrs Roger O'Brien (mother) Winnipeg.

    Not that it adds anything but I went to school with a Henry whose nickname was Harry. And then there's the nickname of Prince Henry of Wales.

    Hope this is of help to you.

    Cheers.
     
  17. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Alieneyes,

    So, he will become Henry (Harry) Earl O'Brien.

    Did you happen to have anything on this lad?

    [FONT=&quot]WO2 [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Aldem[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Preston Cottam Canada 17/05/43?[/FONT]

    Many sites have Allan! Could just be a slip of the pen.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  18. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    From RCAF Casualty List No. 609, issued 23 June 1943:

    COTTAM, Alden Preston, Sgt. Missing after air operations overseas

    E.A. Cottam (father), Jasper Park, Alberta

    From RCAF Casualty List No. 728, issued 9 November 1943:

    COTTAM, Alden Preston, Sgt., previously reported missing on active service overseas, now for official purposes presumed dead. E.A. Cottam (father), Jasper Park, Alberta

    Identical to his CWGC entry:

    CWGC :: Casualty Details

    Cheers.
     
  19. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Obit
    Resided in Harrogate I am unsure as to Burial or Cremation so no photo
    George Chalmers
    12 Aug 2002
    Comments
    George Chalmers, who has died aged 81, was a wireless operator in one of the 19 Lancaster bombers which took part in the famous Dambusters' raid over the Ruhr Valley in May 1943.
    The raid took place on the night of May 16-17, when 19 Lancasters of No 617 Squadron (led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC) took off from their base at Scampton in Lincolnshire. In all, 133 men set off to attack the industrial heartland of Germany; 56 of them did not return from the mission, in which eight Lancasters were shot down.
    Flight Sergeant Chalmers, who had previously been mentioned in dispatches, was in Flight Sergeant Bill Townsend's crew of Lancaster "O for Orange"; since joining the RAF as a boy entrant shortly before the outbreak of war, he had shone in his role as a wireless operator.
    As Bomber Command set about assembling crews which would work well as a unit, Chalmers made a point of requesting to fly with a crew of non-commissioned officers; and although the norm was for a mix of officers and NCOs, his wish was granted. Paradoxically, this preference did not prevent him accepting a commission after the raid.
    On the night of the mission, "O for Orange" was one of the last of the Lancasters to take off from Scampton. She got airborne at exactly 14 minutes past midnight and, as the aircraft climbed from the short runway, Chalmers reckoned she brushed through the boundary hedge like a steeplechaser.
    As the aircraft headed across Holland and Germany at a mere 100 ft, Chalmers observed the Lancaster's progress from the astrodome on top of the fuselage. At one stage he was astonished when Townsend flew below tree level and up a fire break in a forest; this was to escape a concentration of flak as they approached the Mohne and Eder dams, the main targets of the raid.
    As it happened, however, these dams had already been breached by the preceding Lancasters, and Chalmers received a message from base that "O for Orange" was to divert to the Ennepe dam.
    Given a course by the Australian navigator, Pilot Officer Lance Howard (the exception in an otherwise all-NCO crew), Townsend encountered thick mist rising from the valleys and had difficulty locating the reservoir that would reveal the exact whereabouts of the target.
    When the dam was finally identified, Chalmers suffered the anxiety of sitting it out while Townsend made four runs before the bomb aimer was satisfied and released Dr Barnes Wallis's brainchild, the six-ton bouncing bomb.
    The bomb skipped twice before exploding. As Townsend lifted the Lancaster over first the dam and then a hill, it became apparent that the weapon had detonated short of its target. Chalmers signalled this news to base, and Townsend turned for home.
    They flew very low, often hopping to avoid power lines as they travelled across Germany and then Holland. By sunrise they were near Texel, one of the Friesian Islands off the Dutch coast, and flying over water.
    In an effort to shoot down the Lancaster, an enemy anti-aircraft crew so depressed its gun that Chalmers noticed the shells bouncing off the surface of the sea and over the top of the aircraft.
    Then, over the North Sea, Townsend decided that one of the bomber's four engines was misbehaving and shut it down. The plane finally landed at Scampton - on three engines - at 6.15 am, the last of the raid's surviving Lancasters to make it home.
    As he came down the ladder, the captain was asked how it had gone. By now exhausted, Townsend failed to notice that his interrogator was Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, the commander-in-chief, and brushed aside the great man with a brusque "Wait until debriefing".
    Chalmers, meanwhile, though astounded to be greeted on the airfield by a galaxy of top brass, shook hands heartily all round, and was delighted to be congratulated on the clarity of his Morse. He was awarded an immediate DFM.
    George Alexander Chalmers was born on February 12 1921 at Peterhead in Scotland. He was educated at Aberdeen Academy before working briefly at a local Crosse & Blackwell factory and joining the RAF as a boy entrant.
    After boy's service and qualifying as a wireless operator and air-gunner, Chalmers was posted to No 10, a two-engine Whitley bomber squadron at Dishforth, Yorkshire, from where he took part in leaflet-dropping operations over Germany after the outbreak of war.
    In August 1940 Chalmers transferred to No 7, the RAF's first four-engine Stirling bomber squadron which was operating from Leeming.
    There followed a spell with No 35, a four-engine Halifax bomber squadron, with which Chalmers was fortunate to survive an attack on the battle cruiser Scharnhorst at La Rochelle - his captain managed to make base despite being severely wounded and piloting a badly-damaged aircraft.
    After "resting" in a couple of non-operational postings, Chalmers returned to operations after joining 617 in April 1943. He continued with the squadron after the Dambusters' raid, and was commissioned as a pilot officer in June, then promoted flying officer in December.
    In 1944, after completing 66 operations, Chalmers was awarded the DFC. After paying tribute to his "skill and endurance", the citation concluded: "Throughout his long and arduous operational career, this officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty."
    In 1946 Chalmers was granted an extended service commission, and served in No 617 and No 12 Squadrons until 1950, when he was posted to No 38, a Lancaster squadron in the Middle East.
    He was released as a flight lieutenant in 1954, and served in the Reserve until 1961. Meanwhile, he had joined the civil service at Harrogate, where he worked for the Ministry of Defence dealing with the RAF's technical requirements.
    In this period his advice was much valued in the sphere of flight refuelling. On his retirement from the MoD in 1984, the company Flight Refuelling hosted a farewell party for him at which he was hailed as an "expert in specialised spares procurement", especially in relation to a refuelling system of outstanding value used by the RAF in the Falklands conflict.
    Chalmers died on August 6. In 1940 he married Alma Collier, who survives him. They had five sons and four daughters.
     
  20. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Thanks Oldman.

    Anybody have any idea where he was buried?

    Cheers

    Geoff
     

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