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Sgt William Edward FINCHAM (R/77413) of the RCAF

Captivity Details for William Edward FINCHAM R/77413

RankName, NumberDetailsDate CapturedUnitPOW NoCamp
SgtWilliam Edward FINCHAM (R/77413) Baltimore II AG699
Operating out of Luqa
1942-06-1569 Sqdn39181Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 15 Jun 42 Aircraft: Baltimore I AG699 Unit 69 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Mediterranean
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantAlick GREAVES (404016) Baltimore II AG699  Forum Post 1942-06-1569 Sqdn AIR27 TunisiaMedjez-El-Bab War Cemetery
SergeantRobert Tettrell PURSLOW (1271807) Baltimore II AG699  Forum Post 1943-12-1769 Sqdn AIR27 AustriaKlagenfurt War Cemetery
Are causes of death known ?Alex Purslow - confusingly Storr has him lost on Baltimore AG699: [I]Baltimore AG699 took off from RAF Luqa Malta on 15th June 1942 detailed to carry out an operational sea patrol. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. [/I][I] Crew: [/I][I]Sgt F W A Baum, Captain (Pilot) [530369] 404016 Flt Sgt A Baum, (Observer) [sic - 404016 Alick Greaves, see link below] Sgt W E Finchan, (Wireless Air Gunner) RCAF [R.77413 Fincham] Sgt R Purslow, (Air Gunner) [/I] [I]Flt Sgt Baum [sic - Greaves] is buried in the Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.[/I] This thread: [URL][/URL] has a copy of a cypher message (presumably from Greaves' RAAF record) confirming the correct crew names, and notes that two of the crew became P.o.W. - Baum and Fincham. It doesn't explain how Purslow ended up at Klagenfurt. Note that his page on the CWGC site has a handwritten note next to his entry that appears to say '619 Squadron' on the Grave Registration Document: [URL],%20ROBERT%20TETTRELL[/URL] Munt, Thomas Martin - Cpl - 958354 - the Coventry Evening Telegraph has a notice of his death: [I]On Active Service MUNT - Corpl. T. M. (R.A.F.), youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Munt, 12, Carlton Road, killed on active service in motor transport accident in Italy, December 2nd.[/I] Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 5th September 2017 05:55:13
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