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Leading Aircraftman Ronald WATTS (1251128) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Death of Death 1945-07-29 .

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Burial/Commemoration Details : Column 454. at Singapore Memorial, Singapore


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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/5036Flight Lieutenant J M Longley, Pilot Officer D R Watts: injured; aircraft accident, Lysander L6873, 1 School of Army Co-operation, 6 February 1941. Note: Related files: 4956, 4964C16689134
AIR81/6193Pilot Officer D R Watts, Aircraftman G F Owen: killed; aircraft accident, Lysander T1551, 2 May 1941.C16755491

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New Zealand Air Force WW2There is a Sgt Walter Alexander Watts RNZAF who was killed 6.4.41 in the Middle East listed in the Book 'For your Tommorow' Vol 1 by Errol Martyn. Errol will have more details Could be your man but his age is listed as 27 when he died. Regards Andy ....Read More.Andy Ingham on 11th December 2007 06:35:10
156 Squadron's ND345/GT-C on 20/02/1944hello, I can suggest S/L W.C. RICHES' crew, No. 635 Squadron, lost during the night 5/6 July 1944. S/L RICHES had a DFC and bar, flight engineer HARMAN had a DFM as did the air bomber, navigator WATTS and air gunner LOWE had each a DFC, wireless operator REDFERN had a MiD. That makes 4 DFCs, 2 DFMs, 1 MiD. But I'm sure there must be other crew highly decorated, especially in the Pathfinder force, where most were often flying their second tour. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 27th June 2009 03:05:59
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Pilot Officer Ernest Miller Watts, 405 Squadron and 55 Course 2 SFTSGuys, Pilot Officer Ernest Miller Watts died on 29th August 1941 with 405 Squadron, together with the loss of his crew with the exception of two members. Based on this date, he would have come straight from the OTU. The crew of 6 consisted of PO Ernest Miller Watts, Sgt I B Quinn, Sgt Douglas Miller Hughes, Sgt John William Thomas Davies, Sgt Roy James Hollobone and Sgt D S MacLeod. Quinn and MacLeod became POW's and l will look up there details to find out where they were captured but there is no indication on the reason for the loss. The casualties are buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery. Any ideas? Regards, Nick ....Read More.NickFenton on 21st July 2012 01:32:35
Pilot Officer Ernest Miller Watts, 405 Squadron and 55 Course 2 SFTSHi Nick, I have information about the crash. PO Ernest Miller Watts was (would have been) my uncle (my father Peter Watts and another borther James Watts all served in the RAF in WWII. Peter and James surviving, but both now deceased). Before the war Ernest was a station manager (Hong Kong I think) for Imperial airways. My mother has a number of letters from that period. A letter which Ernest wrote to his Mum and Dad was written on July 4th 1941. He says "I am going off on my first "ops" tonight. So on the fatal operation at the end of August he was not long out of OTU. He didn't post it to them of course, but it was obviously still with his possessions at Pocklington when he died. The letter of most interest to you is a letter from one of the survivors Ivan Quinn to Ernests parents. Quinn says they were shot up and had the left motor and the front turret knocked out by flak. Eventually Ernest gave the order to bale out. The only other fact I have (from Officers Mess, Pocklington) is that the raid was on Duisberg in the Rurh valley. There are also three cards from Quinn and MacLeod, but they are from the POW camp so they were unable to say anything pertaining to the event itself. I hope this is of some help to you and I would love to know what your connection or interest in Ernest and the crew is. If you have any further information for me I would love to know. Please do get in touch. Kind regards Peter ....Read More.PeterWatts on 28th October 2012 07:53:29
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29 April 1945 collision between 2 MeteorsHello, This fact is very well known, two Meteor F.3s of 616 Sqn collided in cloud on 29 April 1945. Both pilots were killed, S/L LW Watts and F/Sgt Cartmel. The two Meteors invloved were EE252 and EE273. However sources vary whether who was flying what. The 616 ORB gives letter G for Watts and K for Cartmel. What is the truth? Thanks Phil ....Read More.Phil Listemann on 24th May 2016 07:18:41
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