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Flight Sergeant Edward PEARSON (1671428) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Lost in aircraft Wellington NC419  Forum Post

Death of Death 1945-04-19 .

Served in 14 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 272. at Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom


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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/5918Flight Lieutenant D Gibson, Pilot Officer L E Pearson, Sergeant C E Gansler, Sergeant L Flint, Sergeant H D Bowles: killed; aircraft shot down and crashed at Hamburg, Germany, Whitley Z6585, 77 Squadron, 17 April 1941.C16755216
AIR81/9193Sergeant W Meadows, Sergeant J E Pearson: killed; Sergeant J M Nickleson (RCAF): missing believed killed; aircraft hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over target and crashed at sea off the coast of Holland, Blenheim R3843, 18 Squadron, 20 September 1941.C16997440

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 19 Apr 45 Aircraft Name Wellington XIV Serial Number NC419
Unit 14 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Wellington XIV NC419

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantLeonard Cross BARKER (1129589) Wireless Operator (Air) Wellington NC419  Forum Post 1945-04-1914 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWeaverham (St. Mary) Churchyar
Flight LieutenantMervin Cooksley HOGG (J/20942) Wellington NC419  Forum Post 1945-04-1914 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantEdward PEARSON (1671428) Wellington NC419  Forum Post 1945-04-1914 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerGeorge Sydney SMITH (J/90948) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Wellington NC419  Forum Post 1945-04-1914 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Flight SergeantRonald Derek SPEAK (1522475) Wellington NC419  Forum Post 1945-04-1914 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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St Eval crash April 19, 1945Hello Ian, I've in my files that Wellington Mk.XIV serial NC419 (coded CX-M) took off from Chivenor, Devon, 20.56 hrs for an anti-submarine patrol Scilly Isles. The aircraft crashed (cause not known) into sea off Trevane Point, St.Eval, Cornwall. Besides F/Lt HOGG als killed: F/Lt Leonard A. JACKSON - RAAF 421222 - Missing. F/O George S. SMITH - RCAF J/90948 (from Toronto, Ontario) - buried Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey. F/Sgt Leonard C. BARKER - 1129589 - buried Weaverham (St.Mary) Churchyard, Cheshire. F/Sgt Edward PEARSON - 1671428 - Missing F/Sgt Ronald D. SPEAK - 1522475 - Missing. The missing airmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Do hope this info will answer your question. Regards, Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 9th February 2009 11:58:24
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