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    Default P/O Edwin Bertram Willoughby RCAF

    For a reader of my website, looking for any information on the career and last mission of P/O Edwin Bertram Willoughby, J/85159. He was lost on a mission to Dusseldorf on 1 August 1942, with 25 Squadron RAF. We have the CWGC information, but nothing else.

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    Hello Bill,
    Wellington IC - 25 OTU (!!) - T2909 - PP-E - t/o Finningley in Yorkshire 23.36 hrs for a raid on Düsseldorf 31/1-8-1942. Lost over the North Sea. Sgt (Pilot) Peter PRIME - RCAF R79235 (from USA) washed ashore on the Dutch coast near Zandvoort and was buried in Amsterdam 19-8-1942. All other crew missing and on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Sgt (Obs) Herbert BUCHAN - 1355712;
    F/Sgt (WOp/Ag) John TAIT - RCAF R83538;
    Sgt (Ag) Edward C. COHEN - 840499, and
    WILLOUGHBY (J85159 - R90559).
    Sources: Chorley's Vol. 3 page 170, Vol. 7 page 141 and Allison's TSGNO pages 617-746-819.
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    Henk.

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    Thanks Henk. From the sequence of the names, can we assume that Willoughby was the rear gunner?

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    have they requested his service records and that of Tait and Prime from the Canadian archives? Will contain a wealth of information, direct them to that.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Bill,
    As far as I know a WOp/Ag, prob. acting as the bombaimer.

    Henk.

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