Help please - Pilot 110570 Josiah Arthur Dean

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  1. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    I would much appreciate any help on the following casualty please :)

    Flight Lieutenant - Pilot 110570 Josiah Arthur Dean
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - 57 Sqdn.
    Died 29th July 1942, aged 31.
    Buried - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 15. E. 13.
  2. CL1

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

  3. AlanW

    AlanW Senior Member

    Posted in from 18 OTU on 7th July 42.
    13/7, Duisberg.
    14/7, Gardening.
    21/7, Duisberg.
    23/7, Duisberg.
    25/7, Duisberg.
    26/7, Hamburg.
    28/7, Hamburg, missing..... Wellington Z1650.
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  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    28-29 July 1942

    57 Squadron
    Wellington III Z1650
    Op. Hamburg

    Took off at 2245 hours from Feltwell. (No further details of loss)


    F/L. J A. Dean +
    Sgt. A W. Fricker +
    F/S. J E. Smith RCAF +
    Sgt. A. Daniels RCAF +
    F/S. P D. Dempsey RCAF +
    Sgt. H T F. Freysteinson RCAF +

    Source - RAF Bomber Command Losses Vol.3 - W R. Chorley.

    During the course of 1942, RAF Bomber Command visited Hamburg on 15 occasions. 1602 aircraft were dispatched with 1051 attacking the target (Navy, Industry, Transport and Oil) 1038 tons of HE were dropped along with 1008 tons of incendiaries. 100 aircraft were missing or lost.
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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Just checking out his name and date of death and came up with:

    UK, Electrical Engineer WWI and WWII Rolls of Honour, 1924, 1949
    Name: Josiah Arthur Dean
    Death Date: Abt 1939-1945

    Original data:
    First and Second World War Roll of Honour. Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London, England.

    From a family tree

    Josiah Arthur Dean
    BIRTH APRIL 1911 • Rainford, Lancashire, England
    DEATH 29 JUL 1942 • Stratford upon Avon

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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    A couple more images


    Not sure if this is one of the aircraft that he flew:

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  7. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    As always very much obliged for all your help it is appreciated :)
  8. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    The code LN was allocated to No.99 Squadron - Wellington I / Wellington II
  9. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Not your chap, but the name Freysteinson seemed worth a little dig...
    FREYSTEINSON, HARRY THEODORE FRANKLIN. Rank: Flight Sergeant. Trade: W.Op./Air Gnr. Service No: R/70881. Date of Death: 29/07/1942. Age: 20.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 57 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
    Grave Reference: Joint grave 15. E. 4-5. Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY.
    Additional Information: Son of John and Sarah Freysteinson, of Church bridge, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    WWII Veterans of Icelandic Descent
    Description: Flight Sergeant (Wireless/Air Gunner) HARRY THEODORE FRANKLIN FREYSTEINSSON - Born March 24, 1922 at Winnipeg, MB, son of John and Sigridur (Sarah) Freysteinsson, Churchbridge, SK. Harry served with the 57th Squadron (Royal Air Force). His Wellington aircraft was shot down over Lingen On Ens, Germany on July 29, 1942. He is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Klene, Germany.

    57 Squadron code was DX plus individual aircraft letter.
    Just a small point, but I'd assume that Bomber Command at that stage of the War were using Hamburg for a target as, being on the coast would allow bombers more time away from German land AA defences, so it seems a little strange to find Z1650 being shot down near Lingen, quite a distance south west of Hamburg and well inland, but that must have been the route plotted, perhaps after releasing their bombs.
  10. M. Blokhuis

    M. Blokhuis New Member

    The plane was shot down on the night of 28 to 29 July 1942 on the border of Netherland-Germany on the Goudkampsweg in Ootmarsum. The six crew members were buried in Lingen on Ems and later transferred to Reichswald Forest.
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