In Memoriam - Those Air Force Pilots/Crews who died on this day in WW2.

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  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Thanks Peter.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    (3) RCAF, (3) RAF, (1) RAAF

    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.
    406178 Sergeant HANSON, Leonard William
    Source:
    NAA : A9301, Barcode 5531907.
    RAAF Casualty is not held by Archives.
    Note : The source of the following details is Page 58, RAF Bomber Command
    Losses in the Second World War, 1942, by W.C.Chorley.
    Aircraft Type: Halifax
    Serial number: R 9453
    Radio call sign: MP – K
    Unit: 76 Sqn RAF
    Summary:
    Halifax R 9453 of 76 Sqn RAF took off from RAF Tain, Scotland, at 1832 hours on the
    night of 30/31 March 1942, to bomb the German battleship Tirpitz. The aircraft was last
    heard from on W/T at 0215 hours on 31 March, but nothing further was heard and the
    aircraft did not return to base.
    Crew:
    RAF Sqn Ldr Burdett, A.P.
    RAF Sgt D.C.Martin.
    RCAF Flt Sgt W.J.Cadger.
    RCAF Flt Sgt N.F.Bowsher.
    RCAF Flt Sgt L.W.Fletcher.
    RAF Sgt S.Davis.
    RAAF 406178 Sgt L.W.Hanson. Air Gunner.
    Sqn Ldr Burdett’s body was recovered from the sea approx. 16 miles south of Sumburgh
    Head in the Shetland Islands. It was presumed that the aircraft had crashed into the sea,
    and that the remainder of the crew had lost their lives at sea.

    In Memory of
    Squadron Leader ARTHUR PATRICK BURDETT

    78272, 76 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 31 March 1942
    Son of Arthur Green Burdett and Jean Burdett; husband of Clare Burdett, of Haverstock Hill, London.
    Remembered with honour
    LERWICK NEW CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant DENNIS CLIFFORD MARTIN

    568524, 76 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 31 March 1942
    Son of Edward W. Martin, and of Caroline Martin, of Streatham, London.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant WILLIAM JOHN CADGER

    R/64713, 76 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 31 March 1942
    Son of John B. and Sara E. Cadger, of Maple Glen, New Brunswick, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer NORMAN FREDERICK BOWSHER

    J/5797, 76 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 38
    on 31 March 1942
    Son of Fred. H. Bowsher, and of Hessie A.S. Bowsher, of Calvin, Alberta, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant LEONARD WATSON FLETCHER

    R/57839, 76 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 31 March 1942
    Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Fletcher; husband of Jean Wood Fletcher, of Vancouver, British Columbia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant STANLEY DAVIS

    1006122, 76 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 31 March 1942
    Son of Edgar and Harriet Ann Davis, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant LEONARD WILLIAM HANSON

    406178, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 31 March 1942
    Son of Henry William and Olive Prudence Hanson, of Gingin, Western Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
     
  3. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Do not have anything on this loss.

    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN WILLIAM TURNER

    4122, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 01 April 1941
    Son of John and Margaret Turner; husband of Yvonne Ella Turner, of Newmarket, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    ALAMEIN MEMORIAL



    Sergeant John William Turner, service number 4122, is recorded on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 246. Age 20. Son of John and Margaret Turner; husband of Yvonne Ella Turner, of Newmarket, Queensland, Australia.Not with 3 Squadron at the time of his death, 1/4/41 (55sq?).Wireless operator/air gunner Sergeant Turner was transferred to 208 Squadron on 23/10/40.


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer MAXWELL STEWART FERGUSON

    40523, 55 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 01 April 1941
    Son of William Stewart and Clara Myra Ferguson, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
    Remembered with honour
    ALAMEIN MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Lieutenant ALEXANDER ALLAN PETTIGREW

    H.M.S. Formidable, Royal Navy
    who died age 30
    on 01 April 1941
    Son of Alexander Murray Pettigrew and Louisa Pettigrew; husband of Elizabeth Jane Pettigrew.
    Remembered with honour
    LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL
     
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Do not have anything on this loss.

    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN WILLIAM TURNER

    4122, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 01 April 1941
    Son of John and Margaret Turner; husband of Yvonne Ella Turner, of Newmarket, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    ALAMEIN MEMORIAL

    Details re the above loss.........

    1 April 1941

    55 Squadron
    Blenheim IV V5423
    Op Reconnaissance

    Took off from Marawa at 1525 hrs. to reconnoiter the Tripoli area. Shot down into the sea south west of Benghazi. The crew were sighted in a dinghy at one point but could not later be found. Lt. Pettigrew was attached to 55 Squadron from 826 Squadron Fleet Air Arm, serving on HMS Formidable. He is commemorated on the Fleet Air Arm memorial at Lee-on-Solent while the others are commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    Crew.

    F/O. M S. Ferguson +
    Lt. A. Pettigrew RN +
    Sgt. J W. Turner +

    'RAF Bomber Losses In The Middle East And Mediterranean' - D. Gunby / P. Temple.
     
  5. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Thanks Peter.

    Another one closed off!

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    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, 163/142/334 Micro Film 463 OAFH
    Commonwealth War Graves records W R Chorley : RAF Bomber Command Losses
    of the Second World War, Page 58, Volume 1942.
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: X 3410
    Radio call sign: DX -
    Unit: ATTD 57 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Wellington X3410 took off from RAF Feltwell at 2120 hours on the night of 1/2nd April
    1942, detailed to bomb Hanau, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take
    off and it failed to return to base.
    Crew:
    RAF Sqn Ldr Harvie, G de L Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt C F Curtis, (Pilot)
    RAAF 404564 Sgt S L Green, (Observer)
    RAF Sgt D Henderson. (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 400306 Sgt R Marshall, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Flt Lt Tozer, T H (Air Gunner)
    It was later established that the aircraft crashed at Frettingheim approx 35 miles south west of
    Hanau. All the crew were killed and they are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery,
    Locality Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Rheinberg is 24kms north of
    Krefeld and 13kms south of Wesel.

    In Memory of
    Sergeant STIRLING LINDFIELD GREEN

    404564, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 02 April 1942
    Son of Henry Sterling Pascoe Green and Stella Louisa Jane Green, of Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant RONALD MARSHALL

    400306, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 02 April 1942
    Son of Leslie Thomas John and Queenie Elizabeth Marshall, of Bayswater, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Squadron Leader GUY DE LAVAL HARVIE

    36112, 57 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 28
    on 02 April 1942
    Son of the Revd. Francis Graham Harvie, M.A., and Laura Kathleen Harvie, of Cambridge, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Isolda Kingsley Harvie, of Clevedon, Somerset. M.A.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant CLAUDE FRANCIS CURTIS

    1375137, 57 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 02 April 1942

    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant DAVID HENDERSON

    1356436, 57 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 28
    on 02 April 1942
    Son of John and Christina Henderson, of Shotts, Lanarkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant THOMAS HENRY TOZER

    76019, 57 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 02 April 1942
    Son of Samuel and Ella Louise Tozer, of Hayes, Devon.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
     
  7. 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:
    NAA: A9300, Barcode 3911628
    Aircraft Type: Lancaster
    Serial number: W 4894
    Radio call sign: GT - T
    Unit: 156 Sqn RAF
    Summary:
    Lancaster W4894 of 156 Sqn RAF of RAF Station Warboys, at 1948 hours on the night
    of 3 April 1943, to carry out a bombing raid on Essen, Germany. Nothing further was
    heard of aircraft or crew.
    In the 1990’s wreckage of the aircraft was found in the Waddenzee and it is believed the
    aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter east of Texel Island, Holland.
    One body that of RAF crew member Sgt S.E.Crooks was recovered and buried in Bergen
    Op Zoom War Cemetery.
    Crew:
    RAAF 416410 Sgt R.A. Byass, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 409519 FO Black, G J., Observer.
    RAAF 414102 Sgt Thurecht, N R (Bomb Aimer)
    RAAF 415000 Sgt Trigwell, R S, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    RAF Sgt Minns, G R (Flight Engineer)
    RCAF Sgt Robertson, D L (Mid Upper Gunnert)
    RAF Sgt Crooks, S E (Rear Gunner)

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant REGINALD ANDERSON BYASS

    416410, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 30
    on 03 April 1943
    Son of Robert Francis and Eliza May Byass, of Mt. Gambier, South Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer GREGORY JAMES BLACK

    409519, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 30
    on 03 April 1943
    Son of David and Mary Anderson Loomes Black; husband of Iris Alice Black, of Brighton, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant NORMAN RAY THURECHT

    414102, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 03 April 1943
    Son of Norman David and Eileen Isabel Thurecht, of Wynnum, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant RUSSELL SEYMOUR TRIGWELL

    415000, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 03 April 1943
    Son of Sydney Seymour Trigwell and Ethel May Trigwell, of Donnybrook, Western Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant GILBERT ROBERT MINNS

    1393358, 156 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 03 April 1943
    Son of Gilbert and Margaret H. Minns, of Addington, Buckinghamshire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant DONALD LAWRENCE ROBERTSON

    R/102097, 156 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 30
    on 03 April 1943
    Son of Donald Kerr Robertson and Myrtle Mildred Robertson, of Hazlet, Saskatchewan, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant STANLEY EDWARD CROOKS

    1321533, 156 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 18
    on 03 April 1943
    Son of Glencoe Symon Stanley Crooks and Florence Louise Crooks, of Little Thurrock, Grays, Essex.
    Remembered with honour
    BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY
     
  8. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Need confirmation on Sgt Eart? RAF Died or Survived?

    Blenheim L6795 - F/S. W. Braun RCAF, P/O. J. Mair and Sgt. F. Warren RAAF. All killed.

    Blenheim L1125 - Sgt. C. Edmonds, Sgt. G. Peart and Sgt. V. Copus RAAF. All killed.

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    404855 Sergeant COPAS, Vernon Gregory Hanrahan
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/176/250 1633/98/469 Commonwealth War Graves
    records
    Aircraft Type: Blenheim
    Serial number: L 1125
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 2 (C) Op Training RAF
    Summary:
    Blenheim L 1125 of No 2 Conversion Operational Training Unit RAF carrying out an
    operational training flight on 4 April 1942, collided in mid-air with another aircraft at
    1930 hours during formation flying. The accident occurred 1 mile north of Skipsea, in the
    County of Yorkshire (later rezoned into the County of Humberside). L1125 crashed on
    the shore, and L 6795 the other aircraft crashed approx 500 yards out to sea.
    Crew:
    RAF Sgt G A Edmonds Captain (Pilot)
    RAF PO Mair, J D (Observer)
    RAF Sgt Peart, G E
    RAAF 404855 Sgt V G H Copas, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 403100 Sgt Warren, F E S (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
    RCAF Sgt W T Braun (
    Sgt Copas (RAAF) is interred in the Brandesburton (St Mary’s) Church Yard Yorkshire.
    It was recorded in 1949 that Sgt Warren (RAAF) and Sgt Braun (RCAF) had lost their
    lives at sea, and they have no known grave. Their names are commemorated on the
    Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, UK.
    PO Mair was cremated in the Hull Crematorium, UK.

    In Memory of
    Sergeant VERNON GREGORY HANRAHAN COPAS

    404855, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 33
    on 04 April 1942
    Son of Cornelius and Kathleen Copas; husband of Illeen S. R. Copas, of New Farm, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BRANDESBURTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Sergeant GEORGE ARTHUR EDMONDS

    1207461, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 25
    on 04 April 1942
    Son of Thomas and Annie Edmonds.
    Remembered with honour
    BRANDESBURTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer JOHN DUNBAR MAIR

    116701, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 28
    on 04 April 1942
    Son of G. D. Mair and Maire Mair; husband of Joan Mair, of st. Marylebone, London.
    Remembered with honour
    HULL CREMATORIUM

    In Memory of
    Sergeant GEORGE EDWARD PEART

    946448, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 04 April 1942
    Son of John W. Peart, and of Margaret J. Peart, of Spennymoor.
    Remembered with honour
    SPENNYMOOR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant FREDERICK ERNEST SYDNEY WARREN

    403100, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 04 April 1942
    Son of Charles Henry and Eliza Warren, of Bexley, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant WILLIAM THOMAS BRAUN

    R/61110, Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 04 April 1942
    Son of Clifford Braun, and of Jessie Emily Braun, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
     
  9. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Geoff,

    Had a look through ' The Bristol Blenheim A Complete History. - G. Warner and the given crew list is as follows.....

    Blenheim L6795 - F/S. W. Braun RCAF, P/O. J. Mair and Sgt. F. Warren RAAF. All killed.

    Blenheim L1125 - Sgt. C. Edmonds, Sgt. G. Peart and Sgt. V. Copus RAAF. All killed.

    No mention of Sgt. Eart
     
  10. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Geoff,

    Had a look through ' The Bristol Blenheim A Complete History. - G. Warner and the given crew list is as follows.....

    Blenheim L6795 - F/S. W. Braun RCAF, P/O. J. Mair and Sgt. F. Warren RAAF. All killed.

    Blenheim L1125 - Sgt. C. Edmonds, Sgt. G. Peart and Sgt. V. Copus RAAF. All killed.

    No mention of Sgt. Eart
    Thanks Peter,

    I used every variation of "Eart" except Peart which is the name of my uncle.

    Solved again Peter = Well done.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  11. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Do not have any details on this loss!
    Commemorative Roll - Hugh Murtagh Macrossan

    Service number: 43288
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Unit: 50 Squadron
    Service: Royal Air Force
    Conflict: 1939-1945
    Date of death: 5 April 1941
    Place of death: Lost at sea
    Cause of death: Killed in action
    Cemetery or memorial details: Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom



    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer HUGH MURTAGH MACROSSAN

    43288, 50 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 05 April 1941
    Son of the Hon. Hugh Denis Macrossan, Judge of the Supreme Court, Queensland, and Lydia Macrossan, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    In Memory of
    Sergeant RONALD FRANK CHEESMAN

    742195, 50 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 26
    on 05 April 1941
    Son of Frank and Lily Cheesman; husband of Phyllis Mabel Cheesman, of Woodingdean, Sussex.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    In Memory of
    Sergeant FREDERICK RICHARD WORTHINGTON

    654174, 50 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 19
    on 05 April 1941
    Son of Frederick Richard and Clara Worthington, of Liverpool.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN HENRY MATTHEWS

    810051, 50 Sqdn., Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
    who died age 22
    on 05 April 1941
    Son of John Henry and Ethel May Matthews, of Northop, Flintshire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
     
  12. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    408839 Flight Sergeant GORDON, Noel Leslie
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/16/56 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Spitfire
    Serial number: EN 355
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD Royal Air Force M East
    Summary:
    On the 6th April 1943, Spifire EN355 crashed on take off at 11am half a mile west of the
    Maison Blanche drome, Algiers. The aircraft was on a ferry transit flight from Maison
    Blanc Setif (Algeria). The Pilot was killed.
    Crew:
    RAAF 408839 Flt Sgt N L Gordon, (Pilot)
    Flt Sgt Gordon is buried in the El Alia Cemetery, Algeria. The cemetery is 13kms south
    east of Algiers on the road to El Harrash, and is situated within a large civilian cemetery.

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant NOEL LESLIE GORDON

    408839, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 06 April 1943
    Son of Alfred Colston Gordon and Jessie May Gordon, of West Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    EL ALIA CEMETERY
     
  13. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Do not have any details on this loss!
    Commemorative Roll - Hugh Murtagh Macrossan

    Service number: 43288
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Unit: 50 Squadron
    Service: Royal Air Force
    Conflict: 1939-1945
    Date of death: 5 April 1941
    Place of death: Lost at sea
    Cause of death: Killed in action
    Cemetery or memorial details: Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom



    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer HUGH MURTAGH MACROSSAN

    43288, 50 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 05 April 1941
    Son of the Hon. Hugh Denis Macrossan, Judge of the Supreme Court, Queensland, and Lydia Macrossan, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Details of the above loss......

    5 April 1941
    50 Squadron
    Hampden I AD753 VN-
    Op. Brest

    Took off from Lindholme at 1205 hrs. Dived vertically from 500 feet into the sea and exploded south of the Isles of Scilly. The Hampden was flying No.2 in the leading formation. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Crew.

    P/O. H M. Macrossan +
    Sgt. R F. Cheesman +
    Sgt. F R. Worthington +
    Sgt. J H. Matthews +

    'Bomber Command Losses' Vol.2 - W R. Chorley
     
  14. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    458 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
    Date of Death: 8 April 1944
    Source:
    AWM 64 1/280 AWM 237 (63) (64) NAA : A705, 166/3/197, 166/24/414
    Commonwealth War Graves records.
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: JA 408
    Radio call sign: FU – K
    Unit: 458 Sqn RAAF
    Summary:
    Wellington JA408 took off on the night of 7/8th April 1944 to carry out an anti-sub patrol
    in the Spezia-Orbetello area. At 2304 hours on the 7th April news was received at base
    ‘425 2V/M 2V/S 44.16N 09.10E 200 8 2250’. Nothing further was heard from the
    aircraft and it failed to return to base.
    Flt Sgt’s Scott and Gould (the two survivors) later made the following statement :
    “During the mission the starboard engine cut out and could not be restarted. The Pilot
    decided to attempt to gain height and reach base if possible. Shortly after the aircraft was
    forced to ditch and all the crew successfully evacuated from the a/c. Due to mishaps only
    one dinghy was available and Flt Sgt’s Scott and Gould and WO McGee sat in it and the
    rest of the crew hung on. Those in the water eventually lost consciousness and
    relinquished their hold. Later McGee fell out of the dinghy and also disappeared. This
    took place during the hours of darkness. At daybreak Scott and Gould found they were
    about 10 miles off the island of Gorgona and started to paddle towards it. They reached
    land during the evening where they were immediately assisted by two American Officers
    and given hospital treatment.”
    Crew:
    RAAF 401756 WO D A Anderson, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 409466 FO Lawler, B F (2nd Pilot)
    RAF Flt Sgt W Scott, (Navigator)
    RAAF 415537 WO M T F Knox, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Flt Sgt R W Gould, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 420032 W O A E McGee, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    The bodies of WO Anderson and WO Knox were washed ashore on the North West coast
    of Italy and they are buried in the Staglieno General Cemetery, Genoa, Italy.
    The body of WO McGee was washed ashore on the French Mediterranean coast, and he
    is buried in the Mazargues Cemetery Extension, Marseilles. Mazargues is a southern
    suburb 6kms from the centre of Marseilles. Locality Bouches-du-Rhone, France.
    FO Lawler is missing and his name is commemorated on the Malta Memorial, which is
    situated in the area of Floriana and stands outside the main entrance to Valletta, Malta.

    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer DONALD ALBERT ANDERSON

    401756, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 08 April 1944
    Son of James Gordon Anderson and Doris Rae Anderson, of Jeparit, Victoria, Australia. Pharmaceutical Chemist.
    Remembered with honour
    STAGLIENO CEMETERY, GENOA


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer BRYAN FRANCIS LAWLER

    409466, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 24
    on 08 April 1944
    Son of Ernest John and Alice Margaret Lawler, of Redcliffs, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    MALTA MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer MALCOLM THOMAS FOSTER KNOX

    415537, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 08 April 1944
    Son of Thomas and Myrtle Knox, of Greenhills, Western Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    STAGLIENO CEMETERY, GENOA


    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer ALEXANDER EDWARD McGEE

    420032, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 08 April 1944
    Son of Edward Joseph and Olive Margaret McGee, of Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    MAZARGUES WAR CEMETERY, MARSEILLES
     
  15. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Details of the above loss......

    5 April 1941
    50 Squadron
    Hampden I AD753 VN-
    Op. Brest

    Took off from Lindholme at 1205 hrs. Dived vertically from 500 feet into the sea and exploded south of the Isles of Scilly. The Hampden was flying No.2 in the leading formation. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Crew.

    P/O. H M. Macrossan +
    Sgt. R F. Cheesman +
    Sgt. F R. Worthington +
    Sgt. J H. Matthews +

    'Bomber Command Losses' Vol.2 - W R. Chorley

    Thanks Peter,

    Well done.

    Macrossan was an Australian from one of the most well known legal families in Australia.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
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    Randell and Tweedie funeral Saskatoon.jpg

    Description:

    The joint funeral procession of two RAAF airmen attached to 4 Service Flying Training School (SFTS), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). 404358 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Allan Mitchel Randell, of Lismore, NSW; and 402420 LAC Donald Tweedie, of Portland, NSW, were killed in a flying accident in Canada on 8 April 1941, both aged 22 years. RCAF personnel are escorting the coffins from the church to the Woodlawn Cemetery at Saskatoon, Canada.RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND
    SUPPORT UNITS
    404358 Leading Aircraftsman RANDELL, Allen Mitchell
    Source:
    AWM237 (65) NAA : A705, 163.155/33 Commonwealth War Graves record
    Aircraft Type: Anson
    Serial number: 6235
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 4 Service Flg Trg School RCAF
    Summary:
    On the 8th April 1941, Anson 6235 crashed at 1106 hours at Cxudworth, Saskatoon,
    Canada, and the crew were killed. The cause of the crash was due to contour chasing or
    engine failure necessitating a forced landing.
    Crew:
    RAAF 404358 LAC A M Randell, (Pupil Pilot)
    RAAF 402420 LAC D Tweedie, (Pupil Pilot)
    Both are buried in the Saskatoon Woodlawn Cemetery, Canada.


    In Memory of
    Leading Aircraftman ALLAN MITCHELL RANDELL

    404358, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 08 April 1941
    Son of Reginald Edward and Jessie May Randell, of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    SASKATOON (WOODLAWN) CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Leading Aircraftman DONALD TWEEDIE

    402420, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 08 April 1941
    Son of Walter Ernest and Amy Gertrude Tweedie, of Portland, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    SASKATOON (WOODLAWN) CEMETERY
     
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    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    402229 Flying OfficerCROYDON, Harold Leslie
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/26/196 Digitised . Micro Film No 463 OAFH
    Commonwealth War Graves records. W R Chorley : RAF Bomber Command Losses of
    the Second World War, Page 63, Volume 1942.
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: Z 8511
    Radio call sign: NP – Z
    Unit: ATTD 158 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Wellington Z8511 took off from RAF Driffield at 2205 hours on the night of 8/9th April
    m1942, detailed to bomb Hamburg, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after
    take off and it failed to return to base.
    Crew:
    RAF Sgt J H Wisher, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 402229 FO Croydon, H L (Navigator)
    RAF Sgt R Staley, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt J W Cornthwaite, (Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt E G Bratt, (Air Gunner)
    The aircraft crashed at 0110 hours on Luneberg Heath, possibly near Winsen on the River
    Luhe, 18kms north west of Luneberg. All the crew were killed and they are buried in the
    Hamburg Cemetery, Germany. The Cemetery is situated within a large civil cemetery
    known locally as the ‘Ohlsdorf Cemetery.

    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN HENRY WISHER

    1376449, 158 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 09 April 1942
    Son of George Herbert and Harriet Rebecca Wisher; husband of Olive Violet Wisher, of Palmer's Green, Middlesex.
    Remembered with honour
    HAMBURG CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer HAROLD LESLIE CROYDON

    402229, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 09 April 1942
    Son of Arthur Leslie and Amy Florence Croydon, of Bondi Tunction. New South Wales. Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    HAMBURG CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant ROY STALEY

    959164, 158 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 09 April 1942
    Son of George and Jane Staley, of Newhall, Derbyshire.
    Remembered with honour
    HAMBURG CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant JAMES WILLIAM CORNTHWAITE

    1379128, 158 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 31
    on 09 April 1942
    Son of James and May Isabell Cornthwaite, of Whitburn, Co. Durham; husband of Doris Cornthwaite.
    Remembered with honour
    HAMBURG CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant ERIC CLEMENT BRATT

    1001423, 158 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 09 April 1942
    Son of Simeon and Hilda Bratt, of Savile Town, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    HAMBURG CEMETERY
     
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    462 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
    Date of Death: 10 April 1945
    Source:
    AWM 64 1/338 Part 3 AWM 237 (63) (64) AWM 54 779/3/129 Part 30
    NAA : A705, 166/5/1064 Commonwealth War Graves records.
    Aircraft Type: Halifax
    Serial number: NA 240
    Radio call sign: Z5 -
    Unit: 462 Sqn RAAF
    Summary:
    Halifax MA240 took off from RAF Foulsham at 1910 hours on the night of 10/11th April
    1945 to carry out a window and bombing operation in the Plauem area, Germany, as a
    protective patrol with the main force to Leipzig. Ten aircraft from the Squadron took part
    in the raid and of these NA240 failed to return.
    Crew :
    RAAF 427182 PO Ball, A D J Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 436113 Flt Sgt N V Evans, (Navigator)
    RAAF 409532 FO Frank, M (Bomb Aimer)
    RAAF 432346 WO R R Taylor, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 435342 Flt Sgt M J Hibberd, (Rear Gunner)
    RAAF 430788 Flt Sgt J M Tait, (Mid Upper Gunner)
    RAF Sgt F Brookes, (Flight Engineer)
    RAF FO Heggarty, J SD Op.
    Of the ten aircraft from the Squadron three were involved in radar counter measures and
    the others a feint window attack whereby they proceeded on the same track ahead of the
    main force, branching off just before Leipzig which was the target for the main force.
    All the crew were killed with the exception of Flt Sgt Hibberd who became a POW.
    All those killed are buried in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
    In a later statement Flt Sgt Hibberd reported “ The aircraft had a direct hit by flak on the
    starboard wing. Orders from the Captain were not heard. I baled out at 14,000 feet. The
    A/c was tossing about at the time. It crashed north east of Leipzig. Believe others were
    killed when aircraft crashed in the target area. Probably unable to get out because of
    special equipment in the aircraft. Hid for one day. Suffered loss of blood and concussion.
    Wounded in thigh and ankle. Released by Americans.”
    A post war report on above RAAF Casualty file by a Missing Research & Enquiry unit
    records “ NA240 was shot down by ack-ack fire and exploded in the air over the village
    of Zaasch. Zaasch is approx 14 miles north east of Halle, Germany.”
    In Memory of
    Flying Officer ALFRED DESMOND JOHN BALL

    427182, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 10 April 1945
    Son of Frederick Arthur and Dorothy Louise Ball, of Leederville, Western Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant NEIL VERNON EVANS

    436113, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 10 April 1945
    Son of George Vernon Evans and Elizabeth Evans, of Victoria Park, Western Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer MURRAY FRANK

    409532, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 10 April 1945
    Son of William Casper Frank and Louisa Frank, of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia; husband of Ruth Constance Frank, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer RONALD REGINALD TAYLOR

    432346, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 10 April 1945
    Son of John Benjamin and Ruby Taylor, of Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JOHN MICKLE TAIT

    430788, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 10 April 1945
    Son of George William and Jessie Myrtle Tait, of Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant FREDERICK BROOKES

    546437, 462 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died
    on 10 April 1945

    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer JOHN HEGGARTY

    179888, 462 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 10 April 1945

    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY
     
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    455 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
    Date of Death: 11 April 1942
    Source:
    AWM 64 1/243 AWM 237 (63) (64) Commonwealth War Graves records.
    Aircraft Type: Hampden
    Serial number: AT 221
    Radio call sign: UB – D
    Unit: 455 Sqn RAAF
    Summary:
    Hampden AT221 took off from RAF Wigsley at 2146 hours on the night of 10/11th
    April 1942 to bomb the main square of Essen, Germany. AT221 carried “G13” 6
    Bundles of Nickels, 1 x 2000lb and 2 x 250lb bombs. Nothing was heard from the
    aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Seven aircraft from the Squadron
    took part in the raid and two of these including AT221 failed to return.
    Crew:
    RAAF 3200 FO Roberts, R C Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 400623 FO Keck, F A (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
    RAF Sgt J R Wright, (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
    RAAF 408045 Sgt F H Canning, (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
    Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed at Sturzelberg on the west bank of
    the Rhine, 11kms south east of Neuss and all the crew were killed. They are buried in
    the Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Rheinberg is located 24kms north of Krefeld
    and 13kms south west of Wesel, Germany.

    In Memory of
    Flying Officer ROBERT CHARLES ROBERTS

    3200, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 29
    on 11 April 1942
    Son of Griffith and Ellen Jane Roberts, of St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant FREDERICK ABBEY KECK

    400623, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 11 April 1942
    Son of the Revd. Harry Alfred George Keck and Ethel Annie Keck, of Box Hill, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN RIPLEY WRIGHT

    1057411, 455 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 11 April 1942
    Son of John and Agnes Margaret Wright, of Southport, Lancashire.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant FRANK HILL CANNING

    408045, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 21
    on 11 April 1942
    Son of Thomas Ashley Canning and Annie Leonie Irene Canning, of New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
     
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    an image showing the 15 April funeral of 10 Squadrons first casualty of the war. Flight Sergeant Sidney Ignatius Oliver from Garden City, Victoria. Oliver was a No. 10 Squadron Clerk who died on the 12th of April 1940 aged 23. As a result of injuries (fractured skull) sustained following a fall at Plymouth Hoe during Blackout on the 6th of April 1940. He now rests at St. Johns Church, Hooe, Plymouth.

    Interesting 10sq Sunderland info here.

    Aussie Modeller International • View topic - RAAF Sunderlands

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant SIDNEY IGNATIUS OLIVER

    2308, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 12 April 1940
    Son of Charles and Catherine Oliver, of Garden City, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    HOOE (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION
     

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