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

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  1. spidge

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    Thanks Peter.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
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    Fl/Lt Richard Nigel "Ape" Cullen (DFC) 80sq (of Australia)

    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant RICHARD NIGEL CULLEN
    D F C

    39967, 80 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 04 March 1941
    Son of Horace David and H. Cullen, of Putney, London.
    Remembered with honour
    TIRANA PARK MEMORIAL CEMETERY



    Fl/Lt Richard Nigel Cullen (DFC) was an Ace and the 3rd highest scoring Australian of WW2 with 161/2 kills.

    Commonwealth biplane fighter aces - Nigel Cullen

    Richard Nigel Cullen was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, on 5 June 1917, but lived in England, in the London suburb of Putney.

    He was known as "Ape" due to his physique and raced Norton motorcycles at Brooklands in 1934. He joined the International Brigade in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, fighting on the Republican side. He was wounded in the stomach and returned to England.

    Back in the U.K., he joined the RAF and was promoted to Pilot Officer on probation on 24 August 1937 (with seniority of 9 August).

    Promotion to Pilot Officer followed on 31 May 1938.

    On 31 December 1939, he was promoted to Flying Officer.

    Cullen Nigel_Ape.jpg

    Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery 2.jpg

    Nickname "Ape"
    Place of birth Newcastle, New South Wales
    Place of death Himarë , Albania
    Allegiance [​IMG] Australia [​IMG] United Kingdom
    Service/branch [​IMG] Royal Air Force
    Years of service 1937–1941
    Rank Flight Lieutenant
    Unit No. 267 Squadron RAF (1940)
    No. 80 Squadron RAF (1940–41)
    Battles/wars Spanish Civil War

    World War II

    Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

    Death details:

    At this point six G.50bis dived on the Hurricanes, shooting down V7801 in flames; 24-year-old Warrant Officer Harry J. Goodchild DFM (RAF No. 517435) was killed. It seems that the Italian fighters did not see the bombers, for they reported only single-engined types - ten ‘Spitfires’, three ‘Battles’ (obviously Hurricanes) and 20 Gladiators. Once the Blenheims had completed their run and were on their return flight, Pattle ordered the Hurricanes to hunt in pairs over the warships, where a number of Italian fighters were seen. At once a lone G.50bis attacked Pattle and his No 2 - on this occasion Flying Officer Cullen - but Pattle promptly shot this down and watched it spiral into a mountainside just north of Himare. At this moment a second Fiat ‘jumped’ Cullen (Hurricane V7288) and he was not seen again; his aircraft crashed near Himare, and the Australian ‘ace’ was killed.
     

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    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant CHARLES CARR ATKIN

    12316, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 05 March 1943
    Son of George and Amy Atkin; husband of Jessie Hamilton Atkin, of East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    FLUSHING (VLISSINGEN) NORTHERN CEMETERY

    Flushing Vlissingen Memorial.JPG

    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOSEPH ANTHONY MOLLOY

    1621707, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 19
    on 04 March 1943
    Son of Michael and Josephine Molloy, of Bootle, Lancashire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL



    12316 Flight Sergeant ATKIN, Charles Carr
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/4/15 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: Z 1109
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 28 Operational Trg RAF
    Summary:
    On the 4th March 1943, Wellington Z1109 took off from RAF Station Wymeswold. At
    1846 hours, detailed to bomb Breskens, Holland. The aircraft crashed near Breskens, and
    two of the crew were killed with three being POW’s.
    Crew:
    RAAF 12316 Flt Sgt C C Atkin, Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt C Gunning, (Navigator)
    RAF Sgt G S Loveday, (Air Bomber)
    RAF Sgt R H Roskell, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt J A Molloy, (Rear Gunner)
    Flt Sgt Atkin is buried in the Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Netherlands. The
    port of Flushing is on the south coast of the island of Walcheren in the Schelde Estuary. .
    Sgt Molloy has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Memorial to the
    Missing, Runnymede, UK.
    The following is a summary of W/T communications to and from the aircraft
    Station Signals intercepted an MF Fix 50.40N.01.33E, 2nd Class passed to the aircraft by
    Fulham at 2245 hours. This was acknowledged by the aircraft and was the last word
    heard from the aircraft, except that it told Fulham that it would call later.
    Stanmore checked up their RDF Plots and reported that an aircraft had turned south east
    from the position of the Fix for about 20 miles, then turned north or perhaps north east,
    and near Calais definitely went north east. The height then was about 13,000 feet as far as
    a position over the sea about 30 miles west of The Hague. The plot then faded at 6,000
    feet and it was thought possible that the aircraft crashed in Holland “
    Sgt Gunning a POW later stated : “I had plenty of time to get out of the aircraft. I was the
    last to see Charles. I landed about a mile inland, but if Charles was a good swimmer, as
    we were led to believe, he could certainly have made the coast as he could not have
    landed more that two miles out.”
    Sgt Loveday a POW reported : “The aircraft was hit by ack-ack fire in the vicinity of
    Flushing, Holland. At 5,000 feet the Captain ordered bale out.”
     

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  4. spidge

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    Can anybody confirm that the Canadian listed at the end of this post, was the pilot of the other Typhoon (DN 615) or was his death and burial at the same cemetery just a coincidence?

    Confirmed - See next post!

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant HARRIS ROBERT FRASER

    401791, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 06 March 1943
    Son of Andrew Currie Fraser and Beatrice Irene Fraser, of Camberwell, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    ORPINGTON (ST. MARY CRAY) CEMETERY
    Orpington St Mary Cray 401791 Fraser_HR.jpg

    Orpington St Mary Cray Cemetery  2.jpg

    View attachment 47284

    401791 Flight Sergeant FRASER, Harris Robert
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/14/17 Commonwealth War Graves records.
    Aircraft Type: Typhoon
    Serial number: R 8942
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 1 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Typhoon R 8942 flown by Flt Sgt Fraser was returning on 6 March 1943 from an
    operational patrol in loose formation as No2, Green Section. The weather at the time was
    low cloud, drizzle and visibility had closed down to less than 1000 yards. It appears that
    the Leader Green 1 (Typhoon DN 615) realised that the clouds were right down on the
    hills, and pulled up into the clouds. G2 probably lost sight of G1 and also climbed up
    through the clouds independently. Both aircraft collided in the clouds, and both pilots
    were killed.
    R8942 crashed at Pedhouse Farm, Benenden, Kent. UK.
    Crew:
    RAAF 401791 Flt Sgt H R Fraser, (Pilot)
    Flt Sgt Fraser is buried in Orpington (St Mary Cray) Cemetery, Kent, England.
    In Memory of
    Flying Officer GEORGE CARSON WHITMORE

    J/15843, 1 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 24
    on 06 March 1943
    Son of Thomas and Minnie L. Whitmore, of Durham, Ontario, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    ORPINGTON (ST. MARY CRAY) CEMETERY
     
  5. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Can anybody confirm that the Canadian listed at the end of this post, was the pilot of the other Typhoon (DN 615) or was his death and burial at the same cemetery just a coincidence?

    6 March 1943

    Typhoon Ib DN615, P/O. G C. Whitmore + (Defensive patrol near Tenterden) collided with Typhoon Ib R8942, Sgt. H R Frazer + Both No.1 Squadron
     
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    6 March 1943

    Typhoon Ib DN615, P/O. G C. Whitmore + (Defensive patrol near Tenterden) collided with Typhoon Ib R8942, Sgt. H R Frazer + Both No.1 Squadron

    Thanks Peter,

    I thought it would be however you never know!

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  7. Pieter F

    Pieter F Very Senior Member

    In Memory of
    Flying Officer GEORGE CARSON WHITMORE

    J/15843, 1 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 24
    on 06 March 1943
    Son of Thomas and Minnie L. Whitmore, of Durham, Ontario, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    ORPINGTON (ST. MARY CRAY) CEMETERY

    This memorial is located in the town of Durham, Ontario. Pilot Officer Whitmore is mentioned at the bottom (left).

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  8. spidge

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    Well done Pieter.
     
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    In Memory of
    Flying Officer FRANCIS MONTAGUE WILSON

    417031, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 31
    on 07 March 1944
    Son of John Vernon Caldicott Wilson and Alice Jane Wilson; husband of Thelma Mary Wilson, of Plympton, South Australia. A.F.I.A., A.I.S.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL



    SECOND WORLD WAR FATALITIES
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING IN RAF
    BEAUFORT SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    417031 Flying Officer WILSON, Francis Montague
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/43/552 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Beaufort
    Serial number: ML 444
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD NO 1 OADU RAF
    Summary:
    Beaufort ML444 on a delivery flight from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, to Radat,
    Sale, North Africa, on 7th March 1944, but it failed to reach its destination,.
    Crew:
    RCAF Flt Sgt O C Markle, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 417031 FO Wilson, F M (Navigator BombAimer)
    RAF Sgt P C Brown, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt E R Groves, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    All the crew have no known grave and their names are commemorated on the Memorial
    to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey, UK
    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer ORIN CLEMENS MARKLE

    J/91091, Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 24
    on 07 March 1944
    Son of Mervyn Clemens Markle and Lydia Isabella Bates Markle, of Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant PETER CHARLES BROWN

    1713691, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 07 March 1944
    Son of Stanley J. A. and Daisy Brown, of Luton, Bedfordshire.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant EDWARD ROY GROVES

    1324475, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 07 March 1944
    Son of Walter and Adelaide Groves, of Freshwater, Isle of Wight.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
     
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    In Memory of
    Flying Officer ALAN LOUDEN PEARSALL

    408266, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 28
    on 08 March 1944
    Son of Benjamin James Pearsall and Olive Pearsall; husband of Dorothy Eva Pearsall, of Sandy Bay, Tasmania. Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL



    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.
    408266 Flying Officer PEARSALL, Alan Louden
    Source:
    NAA: A705, 166/32/318
    Aircraft Type: Spitfire
    Serial number: PA 863
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 16 Sqn ATTD RAF
    Summary:
    FO Pearsall flying Spitfire PA 863 of 16 Sqn RAF, RAF Station Northolt, Middlesex,
    had been briefed to carry out on 8 March 1944, a photo sortie north-east of Calais. Just
    after he had completed his task, he called up on Button C stating the engine had stopped.
    Approx 4 minutes after his first intimation of engine trouble, and on instructions from
    Bradwell Bay he baled out over the sea at 2000 feet. From the 1st transmission to time of
    bale out he was in constant touch by R/T with Bradwwell, Bay and Manston.
    11 Group Controller immediately despatched search aircraft. Owing to the fact that the
    pilot did not go over to Button D (Biggin Hill), no accurate fix was made. Bradwell Bay
    and Manston both obtained bearings, but owing to their respective positions relative to
    the aircraft, obtained a very inaccurate bearing only.
    ASWR craft did not go out. There were gale conditions in the Channel and no sight of the
    pilot or dinghy had been obtained from search aircraft. The search continued for two days
    with nil result.
    Crew:
    RAAF 408266 FO Pearsall, A L (Pilot)
    With no trace of the missing pilot being found following post war enquiries and
    investigations it was recorded in 1948 that FO Pearsall had lost his life at sea and had no
    known grave. Hs name is co0mmemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede
    UK.
     
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    In Memory of
    Flying Officer JOHN LESLIE GILBERT

    401940, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 09 March 1944
    Son of Leslie Victor and Christina Nisbet Gilbert, of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL



    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.
    401940 Flying Officer GILBERT, John Leslie
    Source:
    NAA: A705, 166/15/199
    Aircraft Type: Proctor
    Serial number: R 7570
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 132 Sqn RAF
    Summary:
    Proctor R 7570 of No 132 (City of Bombay) Sqn RAF from RAF Station, Castletown,
    Caithness, crashed on 9 March 1944. There were 2 survivors among those on board, with
    FO Gilbert reported missing.
    In a statement made by one survivor, FO Everall (RAF), a Medical Officer of 132 Sqn,
    he reported: “I boarded R 7570 at RAF Station Turnhouse about 1300 hours en route for
    Castletown. While crossing the Moray Firth, the pilot FO Gilbert informed me that the oil
    pressure was dropping and he immediately turned the aircraft west to hit land as quickly
    as possible. The aircraft engine cut out during the crossing, and he ordered the other two
    to remove their overcoats and put on mae wests. The aircraft ditched close to a fishing
    vessel. All on board were thrown into the water. Gilbert was wearing his great coat and
    had no life saving jacket. Everall tried for 15 to 20 minutes to help Gilbert remove his
    great coat, but was unsuccessful due to heavy swell and intense cold. They became
    separated and Everall did not see Gilbert again. Everall and Redwood were rescued by a
    trawler about 35 minutes after the crash.”
    Crew:
    RAAF 401940 FO Gilbert, J L (Pilot)
    RAF Flt Sgt Redwood, E W
    RAF FO Everall, J D (Medical Officer, Pax)
     
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    In Memory of
    Sergeant GARFIELD LLOYD SKINNER

    407461, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 10 March 1942
    Son of Lloyd and Eleanor Edith Rose Skinner, of Hackney, South Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY

    Skinner_GL.JPG

    455 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
    Date of Death: 10 March 1942
    Source:
    AWM 64 1/243 AWM 237 (63)
    Aircraft Type: Hampden
    Serial number: AT 192
    Radio call sign: UB – R
    Unit: 455 Sqn RAAF
    Summary:
    Hampden AT192 took off from RAF Wigsley at 1917 hours on the night of 10/11th
    March 1942 to bomb Essen, Germany. Eight aircraft from the Squadron took part in
    the raid and AT192 failed to return.
    Crew:
    RAF PO Gandy, O Captain (Pilot)
    RNZAF PO Wright, L A (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
    RAF Sgt E M Jennings, (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
    RAAF 407461 Sgt G L Skinner, (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
    Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed and all the crew were killed. They
    are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Cleves, which is 40 miles north
    west of Duisberg, Germany.

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer ORRELL GANDY

    103553, 455 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 29
    on 10 March 1942
    Son of James and Ethel Gandy, of Birkenhead; husband of Nora Gandy, of High Tranmere, Birkenhead.
    Remembered with honour
    REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer LEWIS ALFRED WRIGHT

    401800, 455 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal New Zealand Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 10 March 1942
    Son of Alfred Edward and Katie Matilda Wright, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
    Remembered with honour
    REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant ERIC MAYNARD JENNINGS

    1171218, 455 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 10 March 1942
    Son of Ivor Walter and Edith Anne Jennings, of Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire.
    Remembered with honour
    REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
     
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    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant ALEXANDER WILLIAM WAUGH

    413460, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 30
    on 11 March 1945
    Son of Vivien Thomas Waugh and Elsie Ida Waugh; husband of Joyce Clare Waugh, of Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY

    View attachment 47222

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    413460 Flight Lieutenant WAUGH, Alexander William
    Source:
    AWM 237 (45) NAA : A705, 166/43/1211 Commonwealth War Graves records
    W R Chorley : RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War. Page 124,
    Volume 1945.
    Aircraft Type: Mosquito
    Serial number: PP 450
    Radio call sign: P3 -
    Unit: 692 Sqn RAF
    Summary:
    On the night of the 11/12th March 1945, Mosquito PP450 took off from RAF Graveley,
    Huntingdonshire, UK, took off at 1828 hours, detailed to bomb Berlin. Soon after take
    off, the aircraft lost power on one engine and it headed back towards the airfield.. The
    approach was made at 1852 hours, but the aircraft overshot the runway, crashed into a
    hedge and caught fire. The Pilot died of his injuries and the Navigator was injured in the
    crash.
    Crew:
    RAAF 413460 Flt Lt Waugh, A W Captain (Pilot)
    RAF FO Corrigan, F L (Navigator)
    Flt Lt Waugh is buried in the Cambridge City Cemetery, UK The Cemetery is known
    locally as the Newmarket Road Cemetery.
    A report into the accident stated : “ The starboard engine failed approx 10 minutes after
    take off. On attempting a single engine landing, the Pilot approached too fast with no
    flaps and ran off the runway, crashed through a hedge and came to rest in flames at the
    south west end of the runway. The Pilot died of his injuries.
    The Pilot made an error of judgement by cutting his approach too short, coming in to land
    too fast and failing to put his flaps down. A Secondary error of judgement was by not
    aligning himself correctly on the runway.”
     
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    In Memory of
    Sergeant MURRAY ALEXANDER McDONALD

    400352, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 12 March 1942
    Son of Alexander Frederick and Elsie Lucy McDonald, of Stanhope, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    KIEL WAR CEMETERY

    McDonald_MA.jpg

    400352 Sergeant MCDONALD, Murray Alexander
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/141/494 Commonwealth War Graves records
    W R Chorley : RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Page 46,
    Volume 1942.
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: X 3282
    Radio call sign: AA -
    Unit: 75 Sqn RAF
    Summary:
    On the night of 12/13th March 1942, Wellington X3282 took off from RAF Feltwell
    Detailed to bomb Kiel, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it
    failed to return to base.
    Crew:
    RAF Sgt J F M Parnham, Captain (Pilot0
    RNZAF Flt Sgt J L Brown, (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt R McGibbon, (Observer)
    RNZAF Flt Sgt C E J Aitchison, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 400352 Sgt M A McDonald (Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt J H Godfrey, (Air Gunner)
    It was presumed that the aircraft had crashed in or near the target area.
    All the crew were killed and they are buried in the Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN FREDERICK MASSEY PARNHAM

    1254725, 75 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 12 March 1942
    Son of Fred and Lucy Annie Parnham, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
    Remembered with honour
    KIEL WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant JOHN LUKIES BROWN

    402534, 75 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal New Zealand Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 12 March 1942
    Son of Mrs. M. W. McNee, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
    Remembered with honour
    KIEL WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant ROBERT McGIBBON

    998735, 75 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 26
    on 12 March 1942
    Husband of Mabel Elizabeth McGibbon, of Countess Wells, Aberdeen.
    Remembered with honour
    KIEL WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant CAMPBELL EWIN JUSTIN AITCHISON

    402974, 75. (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal New Zealand Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 12 March 1942
    Son of Harry and Lily Evans Aitchison, of Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Remembered with honour
    KIEL WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOSEPH HENRY GODFREY

    1378233, 75 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 12 March 1942

    Remembered with honour
    KIEL WAR CEMETERY
     
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    This crew were the first WW2 fatalities for 460 squadron on an
    operational mission.

    460 SQUADRON RAAF, WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
    Date of Death : 13 March 1942
    Source:
    AWM64 (1/293) AWM 237 (63)
    NAA : A705, 163/169/81
    Aircraft Type: Wellington
    Serial number: X 1251
    Radio call sign: UV – X
    Unit: 460 Sqn RAAF
    Summary:
    Wellington X 1251 took off at 1934 hours on 13/3/1942 from RAF Breighton to bomb
    Dunkirk, France. The aircraft failed to return to base after the mission. Five aircraft of the
    squadron were engaged on the mission.
    Crew:
    RNZAF Sgt Cooney, P J D Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 404688 Sgt Turnock, J S (2nd Pilot)
    RAAF 400413 Sgt Hart, I E (Observer)
    RAF Sgt Woodward, J (1st Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt Winter, G N (Front Gunner)
    RAF Sgt Pascoe, W A (Rear Gunner)
    It was later established that the aircraft crashed at St Georges near Yeser Canal, Belgium,
    and exploded on impact. This crew were the first WW2 fatalities of the squadron on an
    operational mission. Both Sgt Turnock and Sgt Hart are interred in St Joris Communal
    Cemetery, Lez, Nieuport, Belgium.
    View attachment 47650
    Woodward_J RAF.jpg

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant PATRICK JOHN DENIS COONEY

    403951, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal New Zealand Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 13 March 1942
    Son of Patrick Francis Cooney and of Maria Elizabeth Cooney (nee Kean), of Gore, Southland, New Zealand.
    Remembered with honour
    ST. JORIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN SIVYER TURNOCK

    404688, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 28
    on 13 March 1942
    Son of John Howard Turnock and Blanche Turnock, of Tweed River, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    ST. JORIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Sergeant IAN ERIC HART

    400413, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 13 March 1942
    Son of Eric Thomas Hart and Maude Isobel Hart; husband of Mavis Hilda Hart, of Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    ST. JORIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Sergeant JACK WOODWARD

    1359686, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 13 March 1942

    Remembered with honour
    ST. JORIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Sergeant GEORGE NORMAN WINTER

    989226, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 13 March 1942
    Son of Charles and Florence Mary Winter, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    ST. JORIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Sergeant WILLIAM ALLAN PASCOE

    1380051, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 35
    on 13 March 1942
    Son of William T. and Leah B. Pascoe, of Sedgley, Staffordshire.
    Remembered with honour
    ST. JORIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY
     

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    Born in Wangaratta and originally buried at Le Touquet cemetery he was a Draughtsman and living in Hawthorn in Melbourne.

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant ROBERT MAXWELL McLAY

    401995, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 14 March 1943
    Son of Robert Maxwell McLay and Rose Olive McLay, of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

    Etaples Cemetery.JPG

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    401995 Flight Sergeant MCLAY, Robert Maxwell
    Source:
    AWM 237(65) NAA : A705, 166/26/54 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Spitfire
    Serial number: BS 510
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 611 Sqn RAF
    Summary:
    On the 14th March 1943, Spitfire BS510 took off from RAF Biggin Hill at 1700 hours,
    with eleven other aircraft from the Squadron, detailed to carry out an offensive sweep
    over northern France. At 1745 hours action was joined with enemy fighters, in the
    vicinity of Berck Bay, France. In the ensuing encounter others saw BS510 diving steeply
    with two enemy aircraft behind him. Nothing was seen or heard from BS510 after that
    and the aircraft failed to return to base.
    Crew:
    RAAF 401995 Flt Sgt R M McLay, (Pilot)
    Flt Sgt Mclay is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Etaples is a town about
    27kms south of Boulogne, France.
     

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  17. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    In Memory of
    Sergeant SYDNEY WALTER WHITE

    404191, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 24
    on 15 March 1942
    Son of Arthur Garnet Gordon and Eirvron Lydia White, of Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    COLOMBO (KANATTE) GENERAL CEMETERY

    White_Sydney Walter.JPG In Memory of
    Sergeant NOEL ALEXANDER WATT

    404223, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 21
    on 15 March 1942
    Son of George Alexander and Fredrica Wilhelmina Watt, of Nanango, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    COLOMBO (KANATTE) GENERAL CEMETERY

    Watt_Noel Alexander.JPG

    Colombo (Kanatte) General.JPG

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    404223 Sgt WATT, Noel Alexander
    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : 705, 163/177/248 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Blenheim
    Serial number: Z 7968
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 11 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Blenheim Z7968 took off on an operational flight on 15 March 1942 from the adjoining
    aerodrome at Satmalana near Colombo, India, and crashed at 2.15pm as a result of engine
    failure on take off. Along with other Squadron aircraft Z7968 had been detailed to find
    and attack 50 seaborne enemy aircraft which had been reported on the north west coast of
    Ceylon.
    About half way along the runway the pilot cut in plus boost and the aircraft became
    airborne. At about 50 feet the starboard engine failed and in spite of efforts by the pilot to
    maintain control, the aircraft swung to the right and spun into coconut trees.
    The aircraft carried 4 x 250lb bombs.
    The Pilot was killed, and the Air Gunner was dangerously injured and died of his injuries
    on the same day. The Observer was also badly injured in the accident.
    Crew:
    RAAF 404191 Sgt S W White, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 400196 Sgt R D Stair (Observer)
    RAAF 404223 Sgt N A Watt, (Air Gunner)
    Both Sgt White and Sgt Watt are buried in the Colombo (Kanatte) War Cemetery, Sri
    Lanka. The Cemetery is at Borella, an important road junction on the Kanatte road and is
    known locally as the Borella cemetery.
     
  18. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

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



    GOLDSTEIN, JACOB

    Initials:J


    Nationality:United Kingdom


    Rank:Sergeant (Air Gnr.)


    Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


    Unit Text:166 Sqdn.


    Age:33


    Date of Death:16/03/1945


    Service No:2235812


    Additional information:Son of Joe and Fanny Goldstein ; husband of Sarah Hyman (formerly Goldstein) of Stoke Newington, London N.16.


    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead


    Grave/Memorial Reference:11. K. 22.


    Cemetery:DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY



    In abiding memory of a much loved brother

    Sgt.Air Gunner Jacob (Jack) Goldstein

    166 Squadron, Bomber Command, Kirmington

    Who died in the skies over Nuremberg on the night of the 16th March 1945.

    This, from his son's tribute to his father.

    BBC - WW2 People's War - The night my father was killed in action

    Jack’s son Michael, who, like many others of his generation, was to lose his father at the tender age of five, was later to become Vice Chancellor of Coventry University and was awarded the CBE for his services to Higher Education.

    Lest we forget !

    Ron
     

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  19. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Dealt with in another thread on Irish bases however much of it is undecipherable due to some past problems on this site.
    Now within the date thread.

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
    402677 Flight Sergeant SLOMAN, Herbert William Thornley
    Source :
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Liberator
    Serial number: AL 577
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 108 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Liberator AL577 took off from Egypt for the UK on 15/3/1942. It was intended to land
    at RAF Station Hurn, near Dundalk Eire, at approx 2.10pm on 16th March 1942.
    During an early part of the flight the aircraft acknowledged orders to return to Egypt
    owing to bad weather over the British Isles at the time, but the aircraft was west of its
    course and it crashed into high ground at Jenanstown, Kilkenny, Eire. All the crew of 6
    and 9 passengers were killed with 4 passengers being seriously injured.
    Crew :
    RAAF 402429 Flt Sgt L R Williams, Captain (Pilot)
    RAF PO Tolson, J P (Pilot)
    RAF Flt Sgt P H Morey, (Observer)
    RAF Sgt H S Gibbons, (Wireless Operator)
    RAF Sgt C J Ingram, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Flt Lt Barrett, P C DFC (Air Gunner)
    Passengers ::
    RAF Wg Cdr Wells R J (Pilot)
    RAF FO Anderson, J R DFC (Pilot) Seriously injured
    RAF Sgt C R Amos (Pilot) Seriously injured
    RCAF PO King, G F (Observer)
    RAF Sgt S H Hayden, (Wireless Air Gunner) Seriously injured
    RAF PO Stephens, W R (Pilot)
    RAAF 402677 Flt Sgt H W T Sloman, (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt L G Jordan (Observer)
    RAF Sgt T E Pattison, (Wireless Air Gunner) Seriously injured
    RAF Sgt A M S Brownlie
    RCAF Flt Sgt C S Goodenough
    RAF Sgt Buchanan
    RAF Sgt Brooks
    Flt Sgt Williams (RAAF) and Flt Sgt Sloman (RAAF) are buried in the Belfast City
    Cemetery, UK.
    PO Tolson is buried in the Diss Cemetery, UK.
    Flt Sgt Morey is buried in the Shirley (St John) Churchyard, UK.
    Sgt Gibbons is buried in the Newpoet (Christchurch) Cemetery, UK.
    Sgt Ingram is buried in the West Ham Cemetery, UK.
    Flt Lt Barrett is buried in the Belfast City Cemetery, UK.
    All the other passengers are buried in various UK cemeteries.

    Thanks to Peter Clare who sourced this info below on the crash in another thread.

    Consolidated 32 Liberator II (LB-30) AL577 N RAF OADU / 108 Sqn Crew Louth Slieve na Glough, Jenkinstown 15 4

    W/Cmdr Richard John Wells DFC 39918 +
    P/O John Peile Tolson 67640 +
    Sgt Paul Herrick Morey 917067 +
    Sgt Henry James Gibbons 948393 +
    Sgt Charles Joseph Ingram 916998 +
    F/Lt Francis Charles Barrett DFC 77959 + (of Australia)
    F/O James Robert Anderson DFC 79508
    Sgt Cyril Rowland Amos 1182180 DIS
    F/Sgt Lindsay Ross Williams 402429 + RAAF
    P/O Wilfred Bertrand Stephens 113267 +
    Sgt Thomas Edward Pattison 644625
    Sgt Sydney Frederick Hayden 910905
    Sgt Andrew McMillan Smith Brownlie 546659 +
    Sgt Walter Paul Brooks 931402 +
    F/Sgt George Buchanan 1060536 +
    F/Sgt Carlton Stokes Goodenough R/62738 + RCAF
    F/Sgt Leslie George Jordan 905148 +
    P/O George Frederick King J/15525 RCAF +
    F/Sgt Herbert William Thornley Sloman 402677 + RAAF


    Aircraft was on a ferry flight from North Africa when it crashed on hill side. No newspaper announcement has been found. [J Andersons son Jim emailed me March 2006. A quick review of MA File G2/X/986; Articles by Cummins, Irish Air Ltr date Unkn; Flypast Date Unknown: Irish NA File A.26; M. O'reilly Article RAF B-24 Liberator in Cooley Mountains, April 2002, Irelands Eye; L R Williams files on Australian NAA; Amos names found on LG; All dead names checked on CWGC.org and AWM Nominal Roll; IMA #B38, MacCarron p.56 s/n wrong; Robertson p.182; Quinn p.177-188; Joe Baugher site mentions a/c; ABS AA-AZ agrees with loss, give OADU as unit, The Sqn. was trying to equip with Liberators at this time. Interview with Joe Whoriskey of the Irish Army on G Byrne Show, RTE, 2003. Most reports call Pattison, Paterson but he is Pattison in the Australian reports; Hayden service file available on AusNA; Dundalk Democrat Article March 2006.]


    Aircraft Landings Ireland 1939 - 1946
    A little more on the loss of Liberator AL577.

    On march 16 1942 Liberator AL577/N of 108 Squadron crashed at Slieve na Gloc, in the Rock Marshall Mountains near Jenkinstown, Co. Louth, killing fourteen of the nineteen on board. Another four died later of their injuries.
    The aircraft had a crew of six, and was captained by Wing Commander Wells DFC and was carrying thirteen other squadron crewmen, whose job it would be to ferry back Liberators from the UK, to the squadron in Egypt. The aircraft had left an advanced Landing Ground at Fayid at 16.55 hrs the previous day, en route for a base in the south of England, when it ran into problems as its radio became unserviceable. It veered off course, and low on fuel, the crew saw the lights of a city and believed it to be Dublin. They cruised around for some time, and decided to attempt a landing at Greencastle Airfield, Co. Down. However, it ran into thick mist and visibility was nil, resulting in the Liberator crashing into Slieve-na-Gloc from a northerly direction, breaking into pieces, with the cabin burning on impact.

    When a military party reached the site of the crash at 13.30 hrs they found the scene strewn with bodies, baggage and debris. The aircraft had broken up with the tail, body and fore-part spread over a fifty yard distance. the wings, tail and centre-part were not burned but were badly wrecked. Three of the survivors were still conscious and sheltering under the aircraft. They were F/O. Anderson, suffering badly from burns to his legs and hands; F/S. Amos, with a broken leg and facial injuries; and Sgt. Patterson with back injuries, and P/O. Stephens was conscious but sadly dying. These survivors were removed to the Louth Hospital, Dundalk, but one died on the way and P/O. Stephens died the following day.

    The following is taken from the 108 Squadron ORB dated 17 March 1942.....

    It is with deep regret that this Squadron records that the Liberator captained by Wing Commander Wells DFC, carrying crews home for the Liberator Ferry Flight, crashed in Ireland - this was a great blow indeed for the Squadron. It has since been learned that out of the nineteen personnel (including five officers) that F/O. J R. Anderson DFC and Sergeants Amos, Patterson and Haydon were injured, and the remainder killed. The Squadron could ill-afford to lose these valuable crews.

    Wing Commander R J. Wells DFC, by his splendid leadership, enthusiasm and zest for operations built up for this Squadron a worthy reputation. It was his ambition to have the Squadron re-equipped with Liberators and it was with this end view that he proceeded to the UK. All who knew him were impressed by his remarkable courage, his sense on justice and his interest in the welfare of all ranks. His personality and high spirits made him a favourite with all - his loss is deeply felt.

    F/L. F C. Barratt DFC, P/O. J P. Tolson and P/O. W B. Stephens were all officers with a keen sense of duty; at all, times their work in the Squadron was of exceptionally high standard.

    It is a complete mystery to all as to how this crash occurred as both Captain and crew had a wide, extensive and varied experience.

    In Memory of
    Wing Commander RICHARD JOHN WELLS

    39918, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 28
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Richard Alexander and Ada Wells. of Diss.
    Remembered with honour
    DISS CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer JOHN PEILE TOLSON

    67640, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Sqdn. Ldr. Wilfred George Tolson, M.C., R.A.F. (V.R.) (died on service, 12th April, 1943), and Marjorie Seymour Tolson, of Harpenden.
    Remembered with honour
    HARPENDEN (WESTFIELD) CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant PAUL HERRICK MOREY

    917067, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Herbert George and Jessie Mary Morey, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
    Remembered with honour
    SHIRLEY (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD


    In Memory of
    Sergeant HENRY JAMES GIBBONS

    948393, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Herbert F. J. Gibbons and Lilian E. Gibbons, of Newport.
    Remembered with honour
    NEWPORT (CHRISTCHURCH) CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant CHARLES JOSEPH INGRAM

    916998, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 16 March 1942

    Remembered with honour
    WEST HAM CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant FRANCIS CHARLES BARRETT
    D F C

    77959, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 32
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of J. F. Barrett and Ida Barrett; nephew of Walter Beames, of Frewville, South Australia. His brother Allen Bernard also died on service.
    Remembered with honour
    BELFAST CITY CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant LINDSAY ROSS WILLIAMS

    402429, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Henry Stanley and Elsie Ethel Mary Williams, of Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia. Dip. Agr. (Hawkesbury).
    Remembered with honour
    BELFAST CITY CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer WILFRED BERTRAND STEPHENS

    113267, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 19 March 1942

    Remembered with honour
    CITY OF WESTMINSTER (PADDINGTON) CEMETERY, MILL HILL


    In Memory of
    Sergeant ANDREW MCMILLAN SMITH BROWNLIE

    546659, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 29
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Thomas and Marion Smith Brownlie, of Glasgow.
    Remembered with honour
    GLASGOW (EASTWOOD) CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant WALTER PAUL BROOKS

    931402, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Walter Horace Harry Brooks, and of Mabel Brooks, of Hampton, Middlesex.
    Remembered with honour
    WANDSWORTH (PUTNEY VALE) CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant GEORGE BUCHANAN

    1060536, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of William and Helen Buchanan, of Paisley.
    Remembered with honour
    ABBEY CEMETERY, THORN


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant CARLTON STOKES GOODENOUGH

    R/62738, 108 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 28
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Wright E. Goodenough and Eva Stokes Goodenough; husband of Margaret Bagley Goodenough, of East Angus, Province of Quebec, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    BELFAST CITY CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant LESLIE GEORGE JORDAN

    905148, 108 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 20
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of John B. Jordan and Rose Jordan, of Portslade.
    Remembered with honour
    BRIGHTON (DOWNS) CREMATORIUM


    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer GEORGE FREDERICK KING

    J/15525, 108 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force
    who died age 25
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of Philip and Belinda King, of New Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    Remembered with honour
    BELFAST CITY CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant HERBERT WILLIAM THORNLEY SLOMAN

    402677, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 16 March 1942
    Son of William George and Mary Alice Sloman, of Pymble, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BELFAST CITY CEMETERY
     
  20. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    A very sad loss of two crews after an accident over Bir-El-Baheira landing ground in the Middle East.

    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/118/302 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Blenheim
    Serial number: T 2124
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 14 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Blenheim T2124 took off from the landing ground at Bir-El-Baheira, Middle East, on
    17th March 1942 on a daytime operational flight. The aircraft crashed after colliding with
    Blenheim Z7991 and T2124 crashed and burst into flames.
    It was thought that the attention of the pilot of T2124 was focused on the Leader of his
    formation to whom he was endeavouring to draw near, and that he failed to observe the
    other aircraft which was circuiting the landing ground with its undercarriage half
    retracted. The crews of both aircraft were killed.
    Crew:
    RAAF 407073 Sgt R J Good, Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt J S Windmill, (Observer)
    RAAF 400175 Sgt W B T Godly, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    The crew of T2124 are buried in the Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya.
    Tobruk is a seaport on the Mediterranean coast. Leaving the port of Tobruk on the main
    road to Alexandria, the cemetery is located about 7kms inland, set back about 100 meters
    along an access track branching from the left side of the road, and clearly visible from the
    road.
    In Memory of
    Sergeant ROBERT JAMES GOOD

    407073, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 17 March 1942
    Son of Arthur Raymond and Laura Emma Burgess Good, of Glenelg, South Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant JOHN STANLEY WINDMILL

    926510, 14 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 17 March 1942
    Son of Albert Stanley Windmill and Ada Gertrude Windmill, of Bruton, Somerset.
    Remembered with honour
    TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant WILLIAM BERNARD TURLEY GODLY

    400175, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 17 March 1942
    Son of Bernard William Turley Godly and May Godly, of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY



    Source:
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/124/122 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Blenheim
    Serial number: Z 7991
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 14 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Blenheim Z7991 took off from the landing ground at Bir-El-Baheira, Middle East, on
    17th March 1942 on a daytime operational flight. The aircraft crashed after colliding with
    Blenheim T2124 and Z7991 was completely destroyed by the explosion of bombs on
    board.
    Z7991 was circuiting the landing ground with its undercarriage half retracted when it
    collided with the other aircraft which was endeavouring to catch the leader of the
    formation. It was assumed that neither of the pilots saw each other. The crews of both
    aircraft were killed.
    Crew:
    RAF Sgt R G S Linley, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 407351 Sgt A J B Humphries, (Observer)
    RAAF 400184 Sgt T G Smail, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    The crew of Z7991 are buried in the Tobruk Was Cemetery, Libya.
    Tobruk is a seaport on the Mediterranean coast. Leaving the port of Tobruk on the main
    road to Alexandria, the cemetery is located about 7kms inland, set back about 100 meters
    along an access track branching from the left side of the road, and clearly visible from the
    road.

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant RICHARD GEORGE SHERIDAN LINLEY

    1162048, 14 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 17 March 1942
    Son of Clifford Sheridan Linley and Dorothy Linley, of Limpsfield, Surrey.
    Remembered with honour
    TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant ARNOLD JAMES BIRRELL HUMPHRIES

    407351, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 31
    on 17 March 1942
    Son of Charles Birrell Humphries and Hannah Humphries; husband of Shirley Emma Humphries, of Glenelg, South Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant THOMAS GILES SMAIL

    400184, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 26
    on 17 March 1942
    Son of Thomas and Catherine Smail, of Gardenvale, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY
     

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