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Warrant Officer Ronald OWEN (1316538) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Wireless Op./Air Gunner
Lost in aircraft Dakota IV KJ987  

Death of Death 1945-10-19 .

Served in 48 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : 5. E. 1. at Chittagong War Cemetery, Bangladesh


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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/5776Pilot Officer P C Brown, Sergeant F H Butterworth, Sergeant E R Owen: killed; aircraft shot down, enemy action, Wellington R1049, 221 Squadron, 10 April 1941.C16755074
AIR81/7670Pilot Officer H M Owens, Pilot Officer R G Mitchell (RCAF), Flight Sergeant D E Russell, Sergeant R Owen; missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight over Hamburg, Germany, Hampden AD844, 50 Squadron, 17 July 1941.C16756967
AIR81/8739Pilot Officer W R Hughes (RCAF), Pilot Officer P R Owen, Sergeant D G Forbes, Aircraftsman F B Prest, Sergeant D G Forbes: killed; mid air collision between Spitfire D8586, 412 Squadron and Hampden AD939, 44 Squadron, 31 August 1941.C16924581
AIR81/9213Pilot Officer J R Owen (RCAF): injured; aircraft accident, Master N7963, 56 Operational Training Unit, 20 September 1941.C16997460

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 19 Oct 45 Aircraft Name Dakota IV Serial Number KJ987
Unit 48 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country Bangladesh
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Dakota IV KJ987

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Warrant OfficerRonald OWEN (1316538) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Dakota IV KJ987   1945-10-1948 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshChittagong War Cemetery

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5-6 November 1944 205 Group lossesPerhaps this info might help. 05-NOV-44 KH243 Liberator 178 Sqn Missing on supply drop 7 This aircraft was one of twelve from the squadron, which formed part of a large force of fifty six Wellingtons and thirty five Liberators led by a single pathfinder Halifax of 614 Sqn, sent to drop supplies to partisan forces in the ‘CUCKOLD’ and ‘TOFFEE’ areas of Yugoslavia. Whilst the weather was good and over thirty Liberators dropped nearly 400 containers on ‘CUCKOLD’, this aircraft and the one listed below were attacked by enemy fighters and destroyed. It is believed that two of the crew survived. Warrant Officer Derek George STEWART 31 RAAF Pilot Sergeant Stanley Richard DAVIE 20 Navigator Sergeant William Greig BOGIE Bomb Aimer Sergeant Ivor MATTHEWS 26 Flight Engineer Sergeant Francis William LOUCH 24 Air Gunner Sergeant Gerald Joseph O’KANE 20 Air Gunner 06-NOV-44 KH100 Liberator 178 Sqn Gornigrad, Yugoslavia 8 This aircraft was lost in similar circumstances to that listed above. The whole crew died in the attack or subsequent crash. Flying Officer Amos Edwin Butsford DENOVAN 21 RCAF Pilot Flying Officer Owen Jones COX RCAF Navigator Flying Officer Kenneth Louis CHAPMAN 24 RCAF Bomb Aimer Flight Sergeant John Ward NORMAN 24 Wireless Operator Sergeant Evan Kenneth CORCORAN Flight Engineer Flight Sergeant Willaim Francis BEARY 20 Air Gunner Sergeant Raymond Foot Oliver JAMES 19 Air Gunner Flight Sergeant John Humphrey PARRY 19 Air Gunner You will see slightly different detail but can't remember precisely where the data came from initially. Colin Cummings ....Read More.Oldduffer on 3rd April 2012 10:51:06
RAF Squadron badgesGood Morning Phil, Sorry to appear a 'smarty pants' but 'H M Edourd VII' died in 1910, I think you mean 'Edward VIII'. The framed copies of the badges as approved by the King are displayed at the RAF Club in London. I'm sure a note asking if somebody could check the date on the badges would give you the answer you require and for all the badges involved. The club secretary is Mr Peter Owen. Colin Cummings ....Read More.Oldduffer on 16th October 2012 05:36:00
605 Sqn losses, Operation Clarion, 22/02/45Hello everyone I'm trying to tie up some codes for the Mosquitoes lost by 605 Sqn on Operation Clarion on February 22nd 1945. According to Shores and Thomas' Second Tactical Air Force, Vol 3 (pages 427 and 430), they lost the following: HR355/UP-K - shot down by flak, c.13.00 hours, I F McCall and T Caulfield PoW PZ406/UP-D - failed to return, c13.10 hours, E L Jones and G Phillips both killed PZ409/UP-Q - failed to return, c13.10 hours, J G Enticott killed and D C Hinton PoW PZ416/UP-H - hit by flak, crashed near Eelde, c.13.10, R J R Owen and G Thirwell both killed HR205/UP-K - hit by flak, crash-landed Blackbushe, 15.00 hours, A V Rex and R Burrow unhurt So, there are two wearing the codes UP-K, and according to other sources PZ416 was with 418 Sqn and was lost on a night intruder mission the same night... Can anyone clear up the anomalies? Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 14th February 2013 10:22:09

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