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  1. Bernhart

    Bernhart Member

    wondering if some of our experts can help me out. i work in a hospital and we have a fellow in that was talking about his Dad. said he died in 1943 in a wellington, shot down, wondering if someone can look up details for me.
    Said he was wireless/upper gunner name Albert Veeck

    thanks
     
  2. Dave Richardson

    Dave Richardson Junior Member

    From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website:



    ALBERT CHARLES AUGUST VEECK,
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit: 196 Sqdn.
    Age: 30
    Date of Death: 30/03/1943
    Service No: 1378911
    Son of Albert Moritz Gustav and Rose Ethel Veeck, of Birmingham; husband of Irene Mabel Owen Veeck, of Hall Green, Birmingham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 2. Row A. Coll. grave 7-11. Cemetery: LAREN (BARCHEM) GENERAL CEMETERY


    Dave
     
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  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Well done Dave, it should start the ball rolling.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    wondering if some of our experts can help me out. i work in a hospital and we have a fellow in that was talking about his Dad. said he died in 1943 in a wellington, shot down, wondering if someone can look up details for me.
    Said he was wireless/upper gunner name Albert Veeck

    thanks

    Hi Bernhart,

    I have the following, taken from 'RAF Bomber Command Losses' Vol.4 - W R. Chorley.

    29-30 March 1943

    196 Squadron Wellington X HE385 ZO-
    Op Bochum

    Took off from Leconfield at 1954 hrs. Shot down by a night-fighter (Lt August Geiger. III./NJG1) crashing at Zwiep (Gelderland) 2 km east of Barchen and 4 km south south east of Lochem. Holland. All rest in Laren (Barchem) General Cemetery.

    Crew.

    F/O. E R. Culff +
    Sgt. T A. Dew +
    F/O. L D. McAllister RCAF +
    Sgt. A C A. Veeck +
    Sgt. H R. Wilmore +

    ...............

    The Bochum raid 29-30 March 1943

    8 Oboe Mosquitos and a 'Main Force' composed of 149 Wellingtons also visited Bochum. This raid was another failure. The night was moonless and cloudy and the Mosquitos were not able to adhere to their timetable and there were long gaps in the skymarking. 12 Wellingtons lost, 8.0 per cent of the force.

    'The Bomber Command War Diaries' - M. Middlebrook / C. Everitt


    Hope this is a help

    Regards
    Peter.

    By the way, I have friends who live in Downey Road, Guelph.
     
  5. Dave Richardson

    Dave Richardson Junior Member

    Peter, you just beat me to it! here's the full names and crew position:

    [FONT=&quot]Pilot: Flying Officer Edward Richard Culff
    Bomb Aimer: Flying Officer Leslie Duncan McAllister (25 years)
    Navigator: Sergeant Thomas Albert Dew (22 years)
    Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Sergeant Albert Charles August Veeck (30 years)
    Air Gunner: Sergeant Hubert Roy Wilmore (21 years)


    Regards

    Dave
    [/FONT]
     
  6. Bernhart

    Bernhart Member

    thanks for quick response, any chance there is a pic of his grave,tombstone?
     
  7. Bernhart

    Bernhart Member

    actually an amazing old fellow ( has a dementia so short term memory is non exsistent, can't rememeber what he did 5 minutes ago, but his long term stuff dead on
     
  8. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    thanks for quick response, any chance there is a pic of his grave,tombstone?

    Mick at BWG appears to have photos of the graves from this cemetery. Click on the 'contact page' link to the left of the page on the following link and let him know what you are after. Mick is a top bloke and will reply fairly quickly.

    BRITISH WAR GRAVES - War Graves In Holland
     
  9. Dutchfinder

    Dutchfinder New Member

    Hi Peter are you stil in contact with that fellow who was talking about his dad , Sgt Veeck.
     
  10. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    The sentence at the top of my post was a quote from the first post from Bernhart, maybe it is he you should contact. Good luck
    Peter
     

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