Remembering Today 30/1/44 FREDERICK THOMAS HENRY ADAMS 629232,463 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn.Royal Air Force

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  1. CL1

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

    Sergeant FREDERICK THOMAS HENRY ADAMS

    629232, 463 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 30 January 1944
    Son of Frederick Charles and Deborah Adams, of Gedling, Nottingham.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY
    CWGC :: Cemetery Details
     
  2. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    This is from the National Archives of Australia and there are digitized files available on-line that will have a plethora of further information.


    File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Lancaster ED949; Place - Berlin, Germany; Date - 31 January 1944

    DUNN, Douglas Chapman - (Pilot Officer); Service Number - 416418 RAAF (pers file also digitized)

    GLOSTER Edward Fitzgibbon – (Flight Sergeant); Service Number – 425641 RAAF (pers file digitized, casualty file not done as yet, filed with incorrect service number of 425644)

    FIDLER G – (Flying Officer); Service Number – 135040 RAF
    SMITH M Y – (Flight Sergeant); Service Number – 965759 RAF (only survivor - POW)
    ADAMS F – (Sergeant); Service Number – 629232 RAF
    MCCONNELL – (Sergeant); Service Number – 113759 RAF
    DEAKIN H – (Sergeant); Service Number – 1590148 RAF



    (Hopefully Spidge will post the research done by Alan Storr at the NAA, for some reason the way he does it looks a lot better than my attempts, methinks he has a better pdf program)
     
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  3. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

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    463 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES

    Date of Death: 30 January 1944.

    RAAF 416418 Flying Officer DUNN, Douglas Chapman
    RAAF 425641 Flight Sergeant GLOSTER, Edward Fitzgibbon

    Source:

    AWM 64 1/342 (1); AWM 237 (63) (64)
    NAA : A705, 166/10/179
    W R Chorley : RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War : Page 69, Volume 1944.
    Aircraft Type: Lancaster
    Serial number: ED 949
    Radio call sign: JO – A
    Unit: 463 Sqn RAAF

    Summary:

    Lancaster ED949 took off from RAF Waddington at 1717 hours on the night of 30/31st January 1944. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Fourteen aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid and four of these including ED949 failed to return.

    Crew:

    RAAF 416418 FO Dunn, D C Captain (Pilot)
    RAF FO Fidler, G (Navigator)
    RAF Flt Sgt M Y Smith ((Bomb Aimer) (Survived - POW)
    RAF Sgt A L McConnell, (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt F T H Adams, (Flight Engineer)
    RAF Sgt H Deakin, (Mid Upper Gunner)
    RAAF 425641 Flt Sgt E F Gloster, (Rear Gunner)

    Post war it was established that the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and it crashed at Neuruppin aerodrome Germany, approx 36 miles north west of Berlin. Flt Sgt Smith (RAF) became a POW and the other six members of the crew were killed. They are interred in the 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery.

    In a 1945 statement the then WO Smith reported “ After leaving base the rear turret where Flt Sgt Gloster was went completely out of order. After discussion it was decided to carry on. About 10 miles from Berlin we were attacked by a fighter, with only the Mid Upper to fight back with. Billy and the Mid Upper did everything possible to evade the attack but it was useless. The aircraft was soon on fire in the bomb bay and starboard wing. Shortly after Billy gave the ‘bale out’ order. Conditions in the aircraft were quite good when I baled out. I considered we were in a shallow dive. I was firmly convinced that all the crew would survive and was shocked to find out later that I was the only survivor. I believe that the aircraft blew up in the air or went into a spin shortly after I left. I was picked up at at Neuruppin airfield and later told that Ned was badly injured and in hospital and not expected to live.”

    Berlin 39-45 Cemetery2.jpg
    In Memory of
    Flying Officer DOUGLAS CHAPMAN DUNN

    416418, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 30 January 1944
    Son of Alexander and Leila Dunn, of Erindale, South Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY


    In Memory of
    Sergeant GORDON ALWYN FIDLER

    1543138, 460 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 23
    on 20 February 1944
    Son of Godfrey and Nora Fidler; husband of Robertha Jessie Fidler, of Ernesettle, Devon.
    Remembered with honour
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    In Memory of
    Sergeant ANDREW LESLIE McCONNELL

    1137800, 463 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 23
    on 30 January 1944
    Son of John A. McConnell and Jenny McConnell, of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Sergeant FREDERICK THOMAS HENRY ADAMS

    629232, 463 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 30 January 1944
    Son of Frederick Charles and Deborah Adams, of Gedling, Nottingham.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Sergeant HARRY DEAKIN

    1590148, 463 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 30 January 1944

    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY

    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant EDWARD FITZGIBBON GLOSTER

    425641, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 30 January 1944
    Son of Richard William Vere Gloster and Kathleen Genevieve Gloster, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY
     

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  4. Paul Francis

    Paul Francis New Member

    My uncle was the Navigator killed on the same mission as Frederick Adams. There is a mistake on the crew list as shown. My uncle was F/O Frederick, George Fidler who died on that night of 30th January 1943 along with the rest of the crew with the exception of Marshall Smith. The inclusion of the name Gordon,Alwyn Fidler is an error.
     
  5. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    The CWGC agrees. Looking at the 463SQN Unit History would suggest that the confusion came from the listing of FIDLER, G as the crewman instead of FIDLER, F.G.


    FIDLER, GORDON ALWYN
    Rank: Sergeant
    Service No: 1543138
    Date of Death: 20/02/1944
    Age: 23
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 460 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference - Panel 229.
    Memorial RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information: Son of Godfrey and Nora Fidler; husband of Robertha Jessie Fidler, of Ernesettle, Devon.


    FIDLER, FREDERICK GEORGE
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Trade: Nav.
    Service No: 135040
    Date of Death: 30/01/1944
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 463 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn.
    Grave Reference Coll. grave 7. Z. 23-27.
    Cemetery - BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
     

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  6. Pieter F

    Pieter F Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum Paul. Hope you can share more interesting information on this loss with us.

     

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