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    Default Sgt G. B. Hawksley 70 Squadron

    Could any Forum member help with any details relating to the loss of :

    580826 Sergeant (Obs.) G. B. Hawksley. KIA with 70 Squadron on 18/11.1940, age 19. He is buried in Belgrade War Cemetery.

    His surviving sister would like to find out what happened to her brother. She believe the Wellington was carrying an American reporter?

    Any help would be most welcome.

    Kind regards, Malcolm.

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    Hello,

    There's the following entry in "R.AF. Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean" volume 1 by David Gunby and Pelham Temple :
    16/17 November 1940,
    70 Squadron, Wellington IC T2827. Took off Tatoi to bomber Durazzo. Overshot the target and flew into a hill, Danilovograd, Yougoslavia, and exploded on impact. All five are buried in Belgrade War Cemetery. The aircraft was carrying an American war correspondent, Ralph Barnes of the New York Herald Tribune. His burial place is unknown
    Sgt J.P. Plamer-Samborne
    P/O W.G. Bennett
    Sgt G.B. Hawksley
    Sgt G. Green
    Sgt F/L Savage
    passenger : R. Barnes

    Hope this helps

    Joss

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    Mr Barnes remains must have been interred in Italy after the war, he is listed on the ABMC database:

    Ralph Barnes
    Civilian,
    American War Correspondent
    Entered the Service from: Oregon
    Died: 18-Nov-40
    Buried at: Plot C Row 5 Grave 42
    Florence American Cemetery
    Florence, Italy

    Our recently obtained list of cemetery codes for US Roster of WW2 dead tells me he was initially buried in
    9970 Belgrade Cemetery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia

    http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/barnes_ralph/
    Lots about him too be found via google.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    To Joss and Dennis,

    Thank you both very much for all your help. It is much appreciated. I know that Sgt. Hawksley's sister will be thrilled to read your notes. I will also print out the CWGC details relating to the other crew members for her.

    Although well into her 80's, she has decided that a trip to visit his grave is a possibility this year.
    Well, I have to admire her!

    Once again, gentleman, thank you both very much.

    Kind regards, Malcolm.

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    Should have given you this address for the American data, the American Battle Monuments Commision.

    http://www.abmc.gov/home.php
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Nice to see the Barnes place of burial, which Pel Temple and I learnt of only after Volume One of BLME was published. It is given in a bulky addendum to volume two.

    David

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    Thank you everyone for all your help with this posting.

    Kind regards, Malcolm.

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