Remembering Today 2/2/45 Sergeant FREDERICK COWELL 3040693, 78 Sqdn., Royal Air Force VR

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  1. CL1

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

    Sergeant FREDERICK COWELL

    3040693, 78 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 02 February 1945
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Cowell, of North Shields, Northumberland.
    Remembered with honour
    REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
     
  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Sergeant FREDERICK COWELL

    3040693, 78 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 02 February 1945
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Cowell, of North Shields, Northumberland.
    Remembered with honour
    REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY

    2-3 February 1945

    78 Squadron
    Halifax III NA167 EY-P
    Op. Wanne-Eickel

    The aircraft took off from Breighton at 2026 hrs to bomb an oil refining plant. Of those who died, three are buried in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery, While F/S. Fletcher is commemorated on panel 268 of the Runnymede Memorial. Until recently, Sgt. Cowell had been a member of the Air Training Corps.

    Crew.

    F/O. J L. Gutzewitz RNZAF +
    F/S. W J. Paterson. pow
    P/O. L B. Stuart RNZAF. pow
    P/O. L P. O'Brien RNZAF. pow
    F/S. F V. Robinson +
    Sgt. E H. Fletcher +
    Sgt. F. Cowell +

    'Bomber Command Losses' Vol.6 - W R. Chorley.

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

    The Wanne-Eickel raid of 2-3 February 1945.

    Wanne-Eickel: 323 aircraft - 277 Halifaxes, 27 Lancasters, 19 Mosquitos - of Nos 4, 6 and 8 Groups. 4 Halifaxes lost. This target was also cloud-covered and the attack, intended for the oil refinery, was not accurate. Local people assumed that the target was a local coal mine - Shamrock 3/4; most of the bombing fell in the open ground around the mine.

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

    sandracollis New Member

    Hi - My uncle, Flight Sergeant Ernest Henry Fletcher, was in Squadron 78 during WW2 and was killed in Action on 2nd February 1945. I have a number of photographs of the first grave he was laid to rest in, including 2 of your relative Frederick Cowell and the flight Officer James Leslie Gutzewitz who served with Royal New Zealand Airforce. Also I have a group photograph of the Squadron which includes F/O Gutzewitz (middle row, extreme left - with wellies on). Unfortunately my Uncle isn't in the photograph but your relative may be.

    I have my uncle's Log Book and a dozen aerial photographs of their flying missions.

    Hope you find the attached photo's useful. View attachment 117492 View attachment 117493 View attachment 117494
     
  4. sandracollis

    sandracollis New Member

    Hi - My uncle, Flight Sergeant Ernest Henry Fletcher, was in Squadron 78 during WW2 and was killed in Action on 2nd February 1945. I have a number of photographs of the first grave he was laid to rest in, including 2 of your relative Frederick Cowell and the flight Officer James Leslie Gutzewitz who served with Royal New Zealand Airforce. Also I have a group photograph of the Squadron which includes F/O Gutzewitz (middle row, extreme left - with wellies on). Unfortunately my Uncle isn't in the photograph but your relative may be.

    I have my uncle's Log Book and a dozen aerial photographs of their flying missions.

    Hope you find the attached photo's useful. Squad78.jpg GravesA.jpg GravesB.jpg
     
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  5. CL1

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

    Hello Sandra
    Thank you for posting.
    He is not a relative.
    Each day we post a casualty in Remembrance.

    regards
    Clive
     
  6. Richard elliot

    Richard elliot New Member

    Hi, i have been researching my family history and come across this page. my mothers uncle was frederick cowell and i am wondering if you have any more information on him, would he be in the group photo below? Any info would be really good to have. Many thanks. Richard.
     
  7. CL1

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

    apply for his service records Get a copy of military service records

    date of birth and CWGC cert is all that is required along with £30

    Sergeant (Air Gunner) COWELL, FREDERICK
    Service Number 3040693

    Died 02/02/1945

    78 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Cowell, of North Shields, Northumberland.

    INSCRIPTION
    DEARLY LOVED AND SADLY MISSED BY HIS LOVING MOTHER AND BROTHER
    Buried at REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY

    Location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
    Number of casualties: 7500

    Cemetery/memorial reference: 1. G. 14.
     
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  8. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    From the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 2013, 2014 & 2015.

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  9. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

  10. Richard elliot

    Richard elliot New Member

    Thank you so much
     
  11. Tony H

    Tony H Junior Member

    Further info as follows;

    Sgt Cowell was Rear Gunner on Halifax NA167 EY-F £Rothman F-Freddie" that had departed Breighton at 2026 for Ops Wanne-Eickel

    It was probably the aircraft intercepted S of Bocholt by a Night-Fighter captained by Oblt Klaus Breithaupt (III/NJG2) and shot down for his 1st Abschusse

    The aircraft crashed at 2345. Of those killed, three are buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. F/S Fletcher has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 268 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey

    Both P/O O'Brien and P/O Stuart were confined in Hospital due to their injuries until Liberation

    Tony
     

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