Italian War Crime against Pilot Officer Outerbridge

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by Drew5233, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Example of files taken from WO 311/569 Q Files. They are not the original forms but extracts typed up and taken from the original forms completed by POWs.

    Can anyone ID him on CWGC?

  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Can anyone ID him on CWGC?

    Looks to be F/O James Outerbridge, Andy

    CWGC - Casualty Details


    Rank:Flying Officer
    Service No:119810
    Date of Death:01/05/1943
    Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    458 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn
    Grave ReferenceI. D. 28.

    Additional Information:

    Son of Enith Urma Outerbridge, of Flatts, Bermuda. Rhodes Scholar (Bermuda) and Scholar of Rossal.

    From the late Derek Sadler on RAFCommands back in 2002

    [FONT=&quot]AHB have replied as follows: FO. Outerbridge was the pilot of Wellington MkVIII HX522 which took off from Luqa at approx. 20.20 hours on 24th March 1943, but failed to return to base. All the crew except FO. Outerbridge returned safely to the UK at the end of hostilities. There is a note on the casualty card that states “Information received from the Vatican through the War Office states that FO Outerbridge died on 1st May 1943 whilst trying to escape and is buried at Rimini Grave 160 Adriatic coast of Italy. FO. Outerbridge was re-consecrated to the Ravenna British Empire Cemetery” The rest of the crew were FO. G.Buchanan, 2nd Pilot, FO. G.W.F.Barnett, Instr. Odd, he must have been the Nav,FSgt. D.J.Tunney RAAF W.Op/AG FO. A.C.Main RAAF W.Op/AG, FSgt. J.C.O.Wilson RAAF W.Op/AG[/FONT]


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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Dave and well found-Can you share the info I posted on RAF Commands for me incase it is of interest.

  4. Marks

    Marks Senior Member

    119810 Flying Officer J. OUTERBRIDGE
    Awarded Mention in Despatches London Gazette 14 January 1944

  5. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    Attached report on loss of aircraft with crew list / service numbers etc -

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  6. G.R.S.

    G.R.S. Member

    I'll be back on this thread because I'm helping one of our employees is writing a history of this military.
    I attach two photos that sent me Outerbridge.


    Attached Files:

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  7. G.R.S.

    G.R.S. Member

    Attached two files in Italian:
    The first in pdf with all the pictures, and the second in Word format, without photos, which you can use to make a translation with google translate.
    The files are in a search that one of our staff has done on this military.
    Of course there are thanks to Drew5233 that allowed us to use the documents you have entered on this post and a mention in the forum.

    good reading


    Attached Files:

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  8. tedfromscrubs

    tedfromscrubs Junior Member

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  9. tedfromscrubs

    tedfromscrubs Junior Member

    And I see that Daniele Celli (the Italian researcher mentioned by Maurizio above) also discovered this book last November and was amazed to find that whilst he was researching in Italy, Brian Lett was doing the same in the UK!
  10. G.R.S.

    G.R.S. Member

    You are right !!!
    If they knew it before, combining research, would search out a more complete !!!

  11. Hazel Clark

    Hazel Clark Member

    Seems a bit difficult to know what REALLY happened. Memories are sometimes inaccurate. A friend who was in Campo 21 before escaping and ending up in Campo 47 (then Germany) told a story about a pilot being beaten to death, but looking at the official report above it seems that things are not always reported the way they actually happened.


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