Sgt James Varty 640 Squadron

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  1. JPP

    JPP Junior Member

    I am hoping to find information on Sgt James Varty who was flying in a Halifax of 640 Squadron, shot down over France 19 April 1944. I am aware that he became a POW.

    I would be most grateful for any information and in particular a Chorley lookup.

  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Would suggest you obtain his service records - Request records of deceased service personnel - GOV.UK

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: J Varty
    Rank: Sergeant
    Army Number: 1692821
    Regiment: Royal Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks
    POW Number: 53427
    Camp Type: Stalag Luft 3
    Camp Number: L3
    Camp Location: Sagan and Belaria, Poland
    Section: Royal Air Force : Officers & Other Ranks

    Recherche de France-Crashes 39-45
    Halifax LW722

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  3. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    From the navigator, 142343 F/O John Wilfred Ellis:

  4. JPP

    JPP Junior Member

    Many thanks for your replies chaps.

  5. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

  6. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Details from RAF Bomber Command Losses Vol.5 - W R. Chorley

    18-19 April 1944

    640 Squadron
    Halifax III LW722 C8-S
    Op. Terguier

    Took off from Leconfield at 2101 hours to bomb rail facilities. Last heard on W/T at 003 hours when some 14 km south west of Dieppe. At the time it is believed the crew were homebound. Subsequently, their Halifax was hit by flak, slightly north of Dieppe. It is reported that Sgt. Meyer RCAF lived for two hours after the crash. He is buried in Grandcourt War Cemetery, some 30 km east of Dieppe, as are the others who died. Sgt. Rayworth was later repatriated arriving in Liverpool on 6th February 1945 aboard the Arundel Castle.


    F/L. F N. Boulton +
    Sgt. J T. Rayworth pow
    F/O. J W. Ellis pow
    Sgt. L M. Meyer RCAF inj
    Sgt. J R V. Walton +
    Sgt. J. Varty pow
    Sgt. C W. Rose +
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  7. JPP

    JPP Junior Member

    Thanks Kyle and Peter.


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