|Early Canadian casualties||37201, PLAYFAIR, Anthony, killed in flying accident, 5 September 1939
Hampden I, L4161
39167, GODFREY, Earl D., killed in flying accident, 4 September 1939
Hudson N7239 discussed:
580195, PRINCE, Albert S, killed 4 September 1939
A ....Read More.||Amrit on 29th May 2009 11:02:35|
|Who was "RAF Prisoner No.1"?||Steve
In response to the question in the opening post, I suspect that the dubious 'honour'(!) must go to 561012 Sgt G F Booth of 107 Sqn Wattisham who 'went in the bag' when Blenheim IV N6240 was put down in Wilhelmshaven harbour on 4 Sep 39 (killing the Pilot, Sgt Prince). Also taken PoW from the same a/c was the Gunner - 548555 AC1 L J(or G) Slattery. This was before NCO aircrew were automatically given SNCO status. Both (from their Service Numbers) appear to have got "some time in" before war was declared!!! But whilst it might be seen as a "tie" - Booth was the senior ranking airman and should, therefore, take precedence !!!!!
However - as in all these things - I defer to those with greater knowledge!!
PS Who did you shout for at cricket??!!!! ....Read More.||Resmoroh on 11th December 2010 08:46:32|
|RAF Casualty Packs 1939-45 Public Access||Lee Richards on WW2 Talk took a look at one of the Files at the weekend. He posted the following on WW2 Talk AIR 81/1. This will give you an idea of what sort of info each one will contain though some will be more detailed than others
The description for the AIR 81/1 casualty pack is:
"Pilot Officer W J Murphy, Flight Lieutenant W F Barton, Flying Officer H L Emden, Flying Officer H B Lightoller, Flying Officer J F Ross, Aircraftman 1st Class R Evans, Sergeant L R Ward, Sergeant S G M Otty, Corporal J L Ricketts, Aircraftman 2nd Class E Pateman, Sergeant O L D Howells, Aircraftman 1st Class E W Lyon and Sergeant A S Prince: report of deaths. Sergeant G F Booth and Aircraftman 2nd Class L J Slattery: prisoners of war. Pilot Sergeant R C Grossey: missing presumed dead; raid by Blenheims N6199, N6184, N6186, N6189 and N6240 on Wilhelmshaven, 4 September 1939
It makes rather sombre reading. The file is around 400 to 500 pages with varied contents including the identity disks of several of the aircrew. There are notifications from Germany sent via the Red Cross and even includes two post-mortem reports conducted by a German medical examiner. Correspondence with next of kin was the most harrowing parts to read. The file also contained exhumation reports of the deceased and details of their re-internment. There were notes that the deceased aircrew had been given a burial with military honours and photographs of it had been supplied through the Red Cross.
A sticker on the cover of file said it contained distressing photographs but there were not any in this particular file. However, it is not difficult to imagine the nature of photographs likely to be present in other of the casualty packs that might accompany the exhumation reports." ....Read More.||paulmcmillan on 13th January 2014 04:07:53|
|Who was "RAF Prisoner No.1"?||Post 2---From Warner-"Blenheim" 2nd Edition The Blenheim was N6240 and came down in the sea from which Sgt.G.Booth and AC1J Slattery were rescued. Warner has them as the first 2 RAF POWs. Sgt A Prince Warner records as the first of "some" 10000 Canadians who lost their lives with Bomber Command
Dick ....Read More.||Dick on 15th October 2018 01:13:36|