RAF Bases in Northern Ireland WW2

Discussion in 'War Cemeteries & War Memorial Research' started by spidge, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    <hr style="color: rgb(153, 153, 153);" size="1"> RAF Bases in Northern Ireland ww2

    Does anybody have information on the corresponding bases where some of these deaths would have occurred?

    RAAF Burials in County Antrim (13), Down (9), Fermanagh (8), Londonderry (9).

    Looking for anybody who may live local or know someone who would take some grave photos in these locations.

    If so, let me know and I will forward the details by email.


    Thanks in advance,

    Geoff
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Does anyone (Peter?) have any details on this crash/deaths in Northern Ireland?

    <table x:str="" style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 489pt;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="653"><col style="width: 227pt;" width="303"> <col style="width: 78pt;" width="104"> <col style="width: 41pt;" width="55"> <col style="width: 71pt;" width="95"> <col style="width: 72pt;" width="96"> <tbody><tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl25" style="height: 12.75pt; width: 227pt;" x:str="SLOMAN, HERBERT WILLIAM THORNLEY " height="17" width="303">SLOMAN, HERBERT WILLIAM THORNLEY </td> <td class="xl24" style="border-left: medium none; width: 78pt;" width="104">Flight Sergeant</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-left: medium none; width: 41pt;" x:num="" width="55">402677</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-left: medium none; width: 71pt;" width="95">108sq</td> <td class="xl26" style="border-left: medium none; width: 72pt;" x:num="15416" width="96">16/03/1942</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="WILLIAMS, LINDSAY ROSS " height="17">WILLIAMS, LINDSAY ROSS </td> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">Flight Sergeant</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="">402429</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">108sq</td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="15416">16/03/1942</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl28" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="BARRETT, FRANCIS CHARLES (DFC) " height="17">BARRETT, FRANCIS CHARLES (DFC) </td> <td class="xl28" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">Flight Lieutenant</td> <td class="xl28" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="">77959</td> <td class="xl29" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">108sq RAF</td> <td class="xl29" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="15416">16/03/1942</td> </tr> </tbody></table>
     
  3. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    No promises Spidge but if you could send on the details of the graves in Derry I will see if I can get up there in July to take some pics for you.
     
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=1><TBODY><TR class=alternateRow><TD rowSpan=2>March 16, 1942 </TD><TD>Consolidated 32 Liberator II (LB-30) </TD><TD>AL577 </TD><TD>N </TD><TD>RAF </TD><TD>OADU / 108 Sqn Crew </TD><TD>Louth </TD><TD>Slieve na Glough, Jenkinstown </TD><TD>15 </TD><TD>4 </TD><TD>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 +
    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


    </TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=10>Aircraft was on a ferry flight from North Africa when it crashed on hill side. No newspaper announcment 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



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  5. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Thanks Gott,

    It will just be like looking through the eye of an LP.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Thanks Peter,

    Although Barret is listed as RAf he is actually an Aussie.

    Thanks for the great info!

    There are quite a few multiples and a quad (County Down) in the 39 deaths in NI which I will post.


    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  7. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    I think the Londonderry burials may have a link with the former Coastal Command airfield at Ballykelly, now an army camp.
     
  8. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Thanks Peter,

    Although Barret is listed as RAf he is actually an Aussie.

    Thanks for the great info!

    There are quite a few multiples and a quad (County Down) in the 39 deaths in NI which I will post.


    Cheers

    Geoff

    Geoff,

    I have a copy on 'Action Stations' Vol.7 - David J. Smith, which covers the airfields of Northern Ireland. The book gives a very good description of each airfield but does not give a list of casualties, if you could post the 39 names I'll see what I can find, although i cannot promise anything.

    Peter
     
  9. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Geoff,

    I have a copy on 'Action Stations' Vol.7 - David J. Smith, which covers the airfields of Northern Ireland. The book gives a very good description of each airfield but does not give a list of casualties, if you could post the 39 names I'll see what I can find, although i cannot promise anything.

    Peter

    What details do you need Peter and I will cut down the details as the full spreadsheet stretches the forum page?

    Name, posting, date,cemetery?

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  10. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Name, posting, date,cemetery?

    Cheers

    Geoff


    That should do Geoff.

    Peter
     
  11. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    That should do Geoff.

    Peter

    Hi Peter,

    I have sorted them by date to get the multiples together.........cheers

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MARY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="GALLAGHER, ANTHONY JOSEPH " height="17">GALLAGHER, ANTHONY JOSEPH </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">1663 Conv Unit</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16017">7/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">IRVINESTOWN (SACRED HEART) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="JOHNSTON, ALLAN STEWART " height="17">JOHNSTON, ALLAN STEWART </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">1663 Conv Unit</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16017">7/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="SANSOME, GEORGE HILTON " height="17">SANSOME, GEORGE HILTON </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">1663 Conv Unit</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16017">7/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="WOODS, LESLIE " height="17">WOODS, LESLIE </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">7 O T U</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16038">28/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="MULLINS, WILLIAM MURRAY " height="17">MULLINS, WILLIAM MURRAY </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">5 O T U</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16039">29/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">EGLANTINE CHURCH OF IRELAND CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="McCALLUM, NORMAN FRANCIS DOUGALD " height="17">McCALLUM, NORMAN FRANCIS DOUGALD </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">5 O T U</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16039">29/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">EGLANTINE CHURCH OF IRELAND CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl31" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="KEANE, JOHN RUSSELL " height="17">KEANE, JOHN RUSSELL </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">5 O T U</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16039">29/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">EGLANTINE CHURCH OF IRELAND CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="CONNELL, FRANCIS ALOYSIUS " height="17">CONNELL, FRANCIS ALOYSIUS </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">5 O T U</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16039">29/11/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">EGLANTINE CHURCH OF IRELAND CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="MOSS, FRANK " height="17">MOSS, FRANK </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">423sq</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16045">5/12/1943</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="SHERRY, ALFRED FRANK " height="17">SHERRY, ALFRED FRANK </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">131 O T U</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16080">9/01/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="SPROGE, RICHARD HENRY " height="17">SPROGE, RICHARD HENRY </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">2 AFU</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16158">27/03/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">KILLEAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="COOPER, NORMAN ATHOL " height="17">COOPER, NORMAN ATHOL </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">59sq RAF</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16242">19/06/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">TAMLAGHT FINLAGAN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="APITZ, KENNETH JOHN NIELSEN " height="17">APITZ, KENNETH JOHN NIELSEN </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">59sq RAF</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16242">19/06/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">TAMLAGHT FINLAGAN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" height="17">FRASER, ALEXANDER WILLIAM (DFC & BAR)</td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">1674 HCU</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16257">4/07/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">LISBURN CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="TAUBMAN, KENNETH JOHN " height="17">TAUBMAN, KENNETH JOHN </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">290sq</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16292">8/08/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">EGLANTINE CHURCH OF IRELAND CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="WEEKS, GEORGE VICTOR " height="17">WEEKS, GEORGE VICTOR </td> <td class="xl30">172sq</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none;" x:num="16390">14/11/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">DRUMACHOSE (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="SHARP, WILLIAM JOHN " height="17">SHARP, WILLIAM JOHN </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-left: medium none;">202sq</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16396">20/11/1944</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="GILLIAN, ROBERT HUGH " height="17">GILLIAN, ROBERT HUGH </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">1 OAFU</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16502">6/03/1945</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">LIMAVADY (ST. MARY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH CEMETERY</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="GARRARD, JOHN PERCIVAL " height="17">GARRARD, JOHN PERCIVAL </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">201sq</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16510">14/03/1945</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">IRVINESTOWN (SACRED HEART) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td class="xl24" style="border-top: medium none; height: 12.75pt;" x:str="PRYDE, ALAN JAMES " height="17">PRYDE, ALAN JAMES </td> <td class="xl26" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">1674 HCU</td> <td class="xl27" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;" x:num="16515">19/03/1945</td> <td class="xl25" style="border-top: medium none; border-left: medium none;">EGLANTINE CHURCH OF IRELAND CEMETERY</td> </tr> </tbody></table>
     
  12. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    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.
     
  13. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Hi Peter,

    These are the RAAF burials at Eglantine which show the other Commonwealth nationalities that would have been aboard with the Aussies in some of those County Down crashes.

    I have sorted these by date also.

    <table x:str="" style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 449pt;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="596"><col style="width: 52pt;" width="69"> <col style="width: 37pt;" width="49"> <col style="width: 47pt;" width="62"> <col style="width: 69pt;" width="92"> <col style="width: 40pt;" width="53"> <col style="width: 51pt;" width="68"> <col style="width: 16pt;" width="21"> <col style="width: 137pt;" width="182"> <tbody><tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt; width: 52pt;" x:str="Aspinall " height="17" width="69">Aspinall </td> <td style="width: 37pt;" x:str="M.J.W " width="49">M.J.W </td> <td style="width: 47pt;" x:str=" " width="62"> </td> <td style="width: 69pt;" x:str="Fl Off " width="92">Fl Off </td> <td style="width: 40pt;" x:str="RCAF " width="53">RCAF </td> <td class="xl24" style="width: 51pt;" x:num="15910" align="right" width="68">23-Jul-43</td> <td style="width: 16pt;" x:num="" align="right" width="21">22</td> <td style="width: 137pt;" width="182"> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Eaglen " height="17">Eaglen </td> <td x:str="R.D ">R.D </td> <td x:num="" align="right">1027840</td> <td x:str="Sgt ">Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="15910" align="right">23-Jul-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">21</td> <td>Wireless Operator/Air Gunner</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Potter " height="17">Potter </td> <td x:str="A.G ">A.G </td> <td x:num="" align="right">417302</td> <td x:str="Fl Sgt ">Fl Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAAF ">RAAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="15910" align="right">23-Jul-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">30</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Chabara " height="17">Chabara </td> <td x:str="A.J ">A.J </td> <td x:str="R131724 ">R131724 </td> <td x:str="Fl Sgt ">Fl Sgt </td> <td x:str="RCAF ">RCAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="15965" align="right">16-Sep-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">25</td> <td>Wireless Operator</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Gibbison " height="17">Gibbison </td> <td x:str="A.G ">A.G </td> <td x:num="" align="right">424976</td> <td x:str="Fl Sgt ">Fl Sgt </td> <td x:str="RNZAF ">RNZAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16028" align="right">18-Nov-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">22</td> <td>Wireless Operator/Air Gunner</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Connell " height="17">Connell </td> <td x:str="F.A ">F.A </td> <td x:str=" "> </td> <td x:str="Fl Off ">Fl Off </td> <td x:str="RAAF ">RAAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16033" align="right">23-Nov-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">22</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Keane " height="17">Keane </td> <td x:str="J.R ">J.R </td> <td x:str=" "> </td> <td x:str="Fl Off ">Fl Off </td> <td x:str="RAAF ">RAAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16039" align="right">29-Nov-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">26</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="McCallum " height="17">McCallum </td> <td x:str="N.F.D ">N.F.D </td> <td x:num="" align="right">418001</td> <td x:str="Fl Sgt ">Fl Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAAF ">RAAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16039" align="right">29-Nov-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">23</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Mullins " height="17">Mullins </td> <td x:str="W.M ">W.M </td> <td x:num="" align="right">418542</td> <td x:str="Fl Sgt ">Fl Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAAF ">RAAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16039" align="right">29-Nov-43</td> <td x:num="" align="right">29</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Bramwell " height="17">Bramwell </td> <td x:str="J ">J </td> <td x:num="" align="right">1458644</td> <td x:str="Sgt ">Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16145" align="right">14-Mar-44</td> <td x:num="" align="right">21</td> <td>Wireless Operator/Air Gunner</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Galvin " height="17">Galvin </td> <td x:str="A.J ">A.J </td> <td x:num="" align="right">417044</td> <td x:str="Fl Off ">Fl Off </td> <td x:str="RNZAF ">RNZAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16145" align="right">14-Mar-44</td> <td x:num="" align="right">23</td> <td>Pilot</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Hook " height="17">Hook </td> <td x:str="R.P.S ">R.P.S </td> <td x:num="" align="right">1603654</td> <td x:str="Sgt ">Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16150" align="right">19-Mar-44</td> <td x:num="" align="right">22</td> <td>Flight Engineer</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Vance " height="17">Vance </td> <td x:str="G.E ">G.E </td> <td x:str=" "> </td> <td x:str="Fl Off ">Fl Off </td> <td x:str="RCAF ">RCAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16177" align="right">15-Apr-44</td> <td x:num="" align="right">22</td> <td>Pilot</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Taubman " height="17">Taubman </td> <td x:str="K.J ">K.J </td> <td x:num="" align="right">424560</td> <td x:str="Fl Sgt ">Fl Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAAF ">RAAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16292" align="right">8-Aug-44</td> <td x:num="" align="right">22</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Aston " height="17">Aston </td> <td x:str="O ">O </td> <td x:num="" align="right">1880856</td> <td x:str="Sgt ">Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16515" align="right">19-Mar-45</td> <td x:num="" align="right">19</td> <td>Air Gunner</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Edge " height="17">Edge </td> <td x:str="R.J ">R.J </td> <td x:num="" align="right">1895861</td> <td x:str="Sgt ">Sgt </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16515" align="right">19-Mar-45</td> <td x:num="" align="right">23</td> <td>Air Gunner</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Holmes " height="17">Holmes </td> <td x:str="W.I ">W.I </td> <td x:num="" align="right">416205</td> <td x:str="Fl Off ">Fl Off </td> <td x:str="RNZAF ">RNZAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16515" align="right">19-Mar-45</td> <td x:num="" align="right">23</td> <td>Pilot</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Pryde " height="17">Pryde </td> <td x:str="A.J ">A.J </td> <td x:str=" "> </td> <td x:str="Fl Off ">Fl Off </td> <td x:str="RAAF ">RAAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16515" align="right">19-Mar-45</td> <td x:num="" align="right">23</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Sulsh " height="17">Sulsh </td> <td x:str="S.A ">S.A </td> <td x:str=" "> </td> <td x:str="Pl Off ">Pl Off </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16547" align="right">20-Apr-45</td> <td x:num="" align="right">39</td> <td>Flight Engineer</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Ashard " height="17">Ashard </td> <td x:str="R.E ">R.E </td> <td x:num="" align="right">1409954</td> <td x:str="A/man 1st Cl ">A/man 1st Cl </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16637" align="right">19-Jul-45</td> <td x:str=" "> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 12.75pt;" height="17"> <td style="height: 12.75pt;" x:str="Fenn " height="17">Fenn </td> <td x:str="B ">B </td> <td x:num="" align="right">357151</td> <td x:str="War Off ">War Off </td> <td x:str="RAF ">RAF </td> <td class="xl24" x:num="16949" align="right">27-May-46</td> <td x:num="" align="right">49</td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
     
  14. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Some great photos here of All Saints Eglantine taken when the cemetery is covered in snow.

    There is also a photo of the Commonwealth Headstones.

    http://www.eglantine.me.uk/photos.htm
     
  15. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Found the two 59 Squadron losses.

    19 June 1944
    59 Squadron
    Liberator GR.V
    Serial FL990. 'A'

    Crew.

    F/L. Rowland Wade.
    F/S. John Anderson.
    F/S. James Steer.
    F/S. Norman Cooper. RAAF Wop/Ag
    F/S. Kenneth Apitz. RAAF Wop/Ag
    F/S. John Haines.
    F/O. James Parsons.
    Sgt. John Cook.

    Within minutes of taking off from Ballykelly the aircraft collided with Shrove Hill, just across Lough Foyle at Greencastle. At the time of the crash the mountain was shrouded in such dense fog that the Liberator was initially located by the sound of exploding munitions by those first at the scene. The aircraft hit the hill at a height of 1,500 feet and slid along the ground a distance of 200 yards.
    The Irish Army recorded the time of the crash at 1.10pm, but a local man who, as a teenager, visited the site shortly after the crash, puts the time between noon and 12.30. The 59 Squadron ORB gives no take-off time.
     
  16. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Garrard. John Percival.

    14 March 1945
    201 Squadron.
    Sunderland
    Serial. ML743.
    Base: Castle Archdale.

    Crew.
    F/L. D. Hatton.
    F/L. John Garrard. RAAF.
    F/L. V. Howkins.
    F/O. E. Cave.
    P/O. R. Becker.
    P/O. S. Smith.
    F/S. N. Davison.
    F/S. G. Kennedy.
    F/S. D J T. Twist.
    F/S. J G. Robinson.
    F/S. F N G. Ford.
    Sgt. J. McEvoy.

    This was perhaps the most serious Sunderland crash in Co. Donegal which occurred on the 14 March 1945 at 02:15 hrs in the morning. All the crew perished when the aircraft hit Crownard just above Killybegs over looking Donegal Bay at 1,700 feet outward bound on an anti-submarine patrol.
     
  17. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Thanks for the detail Peter. Great info.

    While they were prepared to lose friends in battle, these kind of accidents must have been extremely difficult for their squadron mates to absorb.
     
  18. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Gallagher. A J.
    Johnston. A S.
    Sansome. G H.

    7 November 1943.
    1663 HCU.
    Halifax V.
    Serial. EB134.
    Base. Rufforth, Yorkshire.

    Crew.
    F/S. G H. Sansome RAAF. +
    F/S. A S. Johnston RAAF. +
    W/O. N W. Gardner RCAF +
    Sgt. A J. Gallagher RAAF +
    Sgt. E W. Camp +
    Sgt. L H. Wildman +
    Sgt. R M. Clark +

    Aircraft was on a night time training flight when it was diverted from its base but appears to have gotten lost. All crew killed in subsequent crash in Galway. Wreckage over the border 17 Nov. A. Tierney article 'Sound of Wings' in JOTS 2006. OTS and the people of Lavally unveiled a memorial to the crew on August 5, 2007. Thread on 57Rescue Forum Nov2005. Rootes built, EB127 - EB160; [MA File G2/X/1250, read for names; Article above and order of service, booklet from memorial service; All the RAAF men's Service records and casualty files are digitized on NAA; IMA #B78; MacCarron p.51, crew not all Canadian, 3 Australians, 1 Canadian and remainder British; Robertson p.210]

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Geoff,
    This seems, for the time being, all I can offer on details concerning RAAF personnel losses in Ireland. I've gone through your list but cannot find any others listed in my reference books. Maybe others can help more.

    Regards
    Peter.

    PS.
    For the 5 OTU losses could I suggest this publication, seems to be just down the road from you.

    No. 5 OTU Operational Training Unit RAAF 1942 - 46 and 1970 - 71: Lever, J. A.: 0958721823
     
  19. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Geoff.

    Just come up with a possible for D F. Capel RAAF. 220 Squadron killed 10 August 1942.

    220 Squadron lost Fortress FK207/J on that day, the aircraft crashed at RAF Nutts Corner. Sorry to say I cannot add more info on this one at the moment, I have a contact in Canada who might be able to help, as soon as I hear from him I let you know.
     
  20. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Geoff

    Just received this regarding Sgt. D F. Capel from my contact in Canada. More to follow on the 206 Squadron losses later.


    Sergeant David Farquhar Capel, age 22.
    Royal Australian Air Force, Service No: 404602.
    Son of Raymond Cecil and Irene May Capel of Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia.
    Sec. 23, Grave 8, Killead (St. Catherine) Church of Ireland Churchyard.

    Fortress FK207. J/220

    Lost speed in a turn and dived into rising ground near Nutts Corner airfield in bad weather while returning from a sortie originating from Ballykelly. All six crew members lost [usual crew at the time was seven].
     

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