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    Default Sgt J.W. Harris - 543130

    Sgt John Wyndham HARRIS - RAF 543130 - age 22 - 203 Sqn - buried XXXIII.B.3 El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. He was a son of Wyndham and Adelaide Amy Isobel Harris, of Brighton, South Australia.
    Can't find his name in Flight Global nor a matching aircraft serial. Looking for info on this airman's death.
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    Found for same date and also 203 Sqn:
    Sgt Victor BOND - 628257, who died of wounds or injuries received on active service and lies buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

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    Henk,

    There is also, 904054 LAC William Arthur HUMPHREY RAFVR, No.203 Squadron, Heliopolis War Cemetery 2. B. 26., for 9-10-1942. Three names, three burial locations!

    All mentioned in Flight January 21, 1943, pp.81-2. Cas. Comm. No.191.

    Harris - Killed on Active Service.
    Bond and Humphrey - Died of Wounds or Injuries Received on Active Service.

    Col.
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    Henk,

    Some biographical information on 543130 Sgt John Wyndham HARRIS RAF.

    CASUALTIES - Private Advises.

    Sgt John Wyndham Harris RAF, is reported to have lost his life as a result of an aircraft accident in the Middle East on October 9, at the age of 17, Sgt Harris left South Australia with his parents for England in June 1937 to join the RAF. He received his training at Uxbridge, London, and Manston, Kent. Six months before the outbreak of war he was transferred to Egypt. He took part in the Benghazi drive and also served in Greece and Crete. He was a son of Mr and Mrs Wyndham Harris, of Esplanade, Brighton (South Australia).

    See: The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA) Friday 16 October, 1942. p.3.

    The only thing that I have, is the following:

    9-10-1942
    No.203 Sqn.
    Blenheim IV Z9665 'T'

    Ditched. NFD.

    The ditching might explain the rather odd burial pattern of the crew, ie bodies washed up.

    Col.
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    According to Warner, Z9665 was lost on 5 Oct 1942 and the crew wereFlt Sgt J Halley, Fg Off A Henderson and Sgt S Hunt

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    Hi Malcolm,

    I recorded the information on Z9665 many moons ago. It was sourced from the original AB X-Z Vol. (p.91).
    Would you happen to have the latest AB X-Z Vol.? Be interesting to see what it has to say.

    Col.

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    Hi Col

    The edition I have (1998) also quotes 9 Oct and ditched.

    Malcolm

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    Info received from Pelham Temple on cause of death Bond, Harris and Humphrey:

    9-10-1942 203 Squadron RAF Martin Maryland II AH402 'A' - Crew:
    1117228 Sgt J.F.V. Veillard RAF (VR) Pilot inj
    543130 Sgt J.W. Harris RAF Nav +
    628257 Sgt V.C. Bond RAF WOp/Ag +
    904054 LAC W.A. Humphrey RAF (VR) Passenger +

    Took off 1558 LG226 Egypt on air test. One of the engines caught fire on take-off and aircraft crashed at 1600 hrs. Recorded by 54 RSU as Maryland AH402 'A', passed to 101 S.D. Aircraft burnt out at LG226. The nav is buried in the El Alamein War Cemetery (XXIII.B.3), the WOp/Ag is buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Cemetery (3.L.17) and LAC Humphrey is buried in the Heliopolis War Cemetery, Cairo (2.B.26). The possible reason they were buried in so many different places is three were badly injured and two died after the accident in different Hospitals. LG226 is mid way between Alexandria and Cairo.
    Information Reference: (1) 203 RAF ORB AIR 27/1199 Page 268 - (2) 54 RSU ORB AIR 29/803.

    Oncemore thanks Pel for this info.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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