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    Default Arthur Lee 1134570 RAFVR, 78 Squadron. Died 24th August 1943.

    I recently posted for CWG burials in Swinton Cemetery, Manchester which I have been researching.

    Now need help with several burials in Agecroft Cemetery, Salford, Manchester, will post seperate for each man.

    I am trying to establish the circumstances and place of death of each man.

    Arthur Lee 1134570 RAFVR, 78 Squadron. Died 24th August 1943. Age 22.

    Death likely registered at Holderness, East Riding, Yorkshire.

    The son of Sam and Bertha of Salford, the husband of Ivy of Cheetham.

    Regards,
    Sue.

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    using geoffs engine again, a staggering 28 British members of 78 Sqn are found for this date.

    Googling around finds an Australian again on his crew:

    www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z004_1.pdf

    Aircraft Type: Halifax
    Serial number: BB 373
    Radio call sign: EY K
    Unit: ATTD 78 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Halifax took off from RAF Breighton at 2012 hours on the night of 23/24th August 1943,
    detailed to bomb Berlin. On return from the mission BB373 was instructed to divert to
    Leconfield. While circuiting the airfield a collision occurred with another aircraft from
    the squadron JB874, and both aircraft fell at 0430 hours at Hull Bridge, 2 miles north east
    of Beverley, Yorkshire.
    All the crew of BB373 were killed and 6 lost their lives in JB874.
    Crew
    RNZAF Flt Sgt G G Bell, Captain (Pilot)
    RAF PO Gilbert, R R (2nd Pilot)
    RAF Sgt A E Lester, (Flight Engineer)
    RAF PO Platt, E (Navigator)
    RAF Sgt W L Clarke, (Air Bomber)
    RAF Sgt A Lee, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 412043 Flt Sgt D C M Walton, (Mid Upper Gunner)
    RAF Sgt R B Fletcher (Rear Gunner)

    Errors and ommishions etc etc
    Check out Walton on Australian NAA

    One other aircraft was lost that night it seems,
    www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/30AcreBarn.html
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Default Arthur Lee

    many thanks

    Regards,
    Sue.
    Last edited by susantydd; 12th January 2011 at 23:05.

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