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: Sgt George Hunniford (219 Squadron) killed15 December 1940

: Sgt George Hunniford (219 Squadron) killed15 December 1940
Author: James S. Kane (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:15:26 Monday, September 1, 2003
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I am researching the names of all service personnel on my local War Memorial in the town of Portadown, Northern Ireland (there are 67 names for WW2 and 321 for WW1). This is the final RAF serviceman of whom I have little information. I am trying to find out more about Sgt George Hunniford(219 Squadron) killed on air operations on 15 December 1941. He was buried in my local churchyard Seagoe, Portadown so he must have either died in a flying accident or he was killed or fatally wounded on an operation and brought back in the aircraft. The newspaper refers to him dying on air operations. I would like to know the following:- what type of aircraft (poss a beaufighter?), what was the operation he was on and what happened - was his aircraft damaged by Flak, night fighter or other reason. My father served in 2nd TAF during WW2 and my mother was in the WAAF. Please help. Email james322.A T.madasafish.com



RE: : Sgt George Hunniford (219 Squadron) killed15 December 1940
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
17:24:16 Wednesday, October 1, 2003
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I prefer to answer by means of this RAF Commands Board. In this way other people interested in the air war 39-45 may pick up some info. Your Sgt HUNNIFORD (950488)was a radar-operator/observer on Beaufighter Mk.IF, serial R2154. Took off from Tangmere/Sussex for a patrol. Flew into high ground while landing in the dark and crashed at/near Fontwell, 3 miles NE of Tangmere, 19.40h. Also the pilot, Sgt John P. RANGER - 1381424 - was killed and lies buried at Brookwood Mil. Cem., Woking/Surrey.

Hope this info is helpful,

Regards,

Henk.


RE: : Sgt George Hunniford (219 Squadron) killed15 December 1940
Author: James S. Kane (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:20:56 Saturday, November 1, 2003
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Thanks very much for your reply Henk. Yes your reply is very helpful as I didn't know the circumstances of Sgt Hunniford's death. I will acknowledge same in any future publication. James