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Plt Offr Laurence Hugh EDWARDS (36187) of the RAF


Captivity Details for Laurence Hugh EDWARDS 36187

RankName, NumberDetailsDate CapturedUnitPOW NoCamp
Plt OffLaurence Hugh EDWARDS (36187) Anson I K6183
1939-09-05206 Sqdn16Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria

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AIR81/3Pilot Officer L H Edwards: prisoner of war. Leading Aircraftman J Quilter, Sergeant A O Heslop and Aircraftman 1st Class G Sheffield: missing presumed dead; Anson K6183 failed to return from patrol over the North Sea, 5 September 1939.C14141982

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Date: 05 Sep 39 Aircraft: Anson I K6183 Unit 206 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location ,
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SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantAlexander Oliver HESLOP (566050) Anson I K6183  AIR81/3 1939-09-059 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Leading AircraftmanJohn QUILTER (524808) Anson I K6183  AIR81/3 1939-09-05206 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Aircraftman 1st ClassGeoffrey SHEFFIELD (552231) Anson I K6183  AIR81/3 1939-09-05206 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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