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Aircraftman 1st Class James COLLEY (1087140) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Death of Death 1942-05-10 .
Burial/Commemoration Details : 1. B. 16. at Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India
More Details: SON OF THOMAS HENRY AND REBECCA COLLEY, OF DEPTFORD, SUNDERLAND, CO. DURHAM; HUSBAND OF CHARLOTTE GIBSON COLLEY, OF DEPTFORD.
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|51 Squadron 24th Feb 1944||Here are the full details quoted from [url]www.awm.gov.au:[/url] [I]"Aircraft Type: Halifax Serial number: LV 778 Radio call sign: C6 – B Unit: ATTD 51 SQN RAF Summary: Halifax LV778 took off from RAF Snaith at 1825 hours on the night of 24.25th February 1944, detailed to bomb Schweinfurt, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. Crew: RAF PO Jackson, D Captain (Pilot) RCAF PO Langford, F G (2nd Pilot) RAF Sgt R J Colley, (Flight Engineer) RAF FO F R Rohrer, (Navigator) RNZAF Flt Sgt L N Atkinson, (Air Bomber) RAF Sgt J F Brown, (Wireless Operator Air) RAAF 420537 Flt Sgt J A L Carmichael, (Air Gunner) RAF Flt Sgt J C Harthill, (Air Gunner) Captured German documents later revealed that the aircraft crashed near Sollbach/Bottweartal and all the crew were killed. They are buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery, Locality Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Durnbach is a village 16kms east of Bad Tolz, a town 48kms south of Munich."[/I] Sgt. J.F.Brown previously served as wop/ag with my father, Flt.Lt. Jack Hubert Stigner (89334), on Hudsons with 53 Squadron. They were one of three 53 Sqn aircraft (PZ-O Hudson MkIII T9461) to make the trans-Atlantic flight from the UK to Quonset Point in the USA on 5th July 1942, before going on to Trinidad. Sgt. J.F.Brown continued to fly with my father (mostly on the same aircraft, PZ-O) while the Squadron flew anti-submarine and convoy escort duties (in cooperation with the USN VP-82 squadron), until they returned to the UK at the end of 1942. ....Read More.||stiggy128 on 18th September 2016 12:54:51|