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    Default Sgt V S Shaw / Sgt E W Waterman (DK148)

    I know its a long shot but I'm searching for details on either of the above crewmen that were involved in a crash of DK148. Sgt Waterman was taken POW after bailing out (details below), and V S Shaw I presume was injured when the plane subsequently crash landed. They served with my G Uncle who too was involved in the crash - and was KIA a few weeks later in LK892.

    below is a transcript from some of my records:


    I am seeking anyone who may have known my Great Uncle 1436208 Sergeant (Flt. Engr.) Frederick Walton who along with the rest of his crew were reported killed in action when their Halifax V serial LK892 code MP-C from 76 Squadron took off from RAF Holme on Spalding Moor at 2250 on 9/10.08.1943 on Ops to Mannheim when returning home the aircraft was hit by flak and crashed in flames astride a rail line near Pointe de garennes at Wimereux-Aubenge (pas de Calais), 5 k N of Boulogne The rest of the crew were as follows;

    415055 Flight Lieutenant Colin McTaggart Shannon DFC RAAF
    655439 Sergeant (Air Bomber) Torrance Buchan
    1129601 Sergeant (Air Gnr.) John Dodson
    132386 Pilot Officer (W.Op./Air Gnr.) William Claude Ellis DFC
    113498 Flying Officer (Nav.) Geoffrey Austin Turner
    928040 Sergeant (Air Gnr.) John Smith (his brother 810792 Signalman Walter Charles who was attached to 12th Indian Inf. Bde. Sig. Sec also died on service).

    Frederick was involved in another incident 3 weeks prior to his death during ops to Essen on 25/26 July (aircraft DK148 MP-G Bar), which resulted in the officers receiving the DFC.

    The aircraft took off at 22:16 from Holme on Spalding Moor. It lost an airscrew while over the target, which hit the side of the fuselage. The order to bale out was given, but after Sgt Waterman had done so, control was regained and the crew returned to base and crash-landed 04:26. The Halifax was so badly damaged that it was deemed to be beyond economical repair.

    the crew were;
    F/L C M Shannon RAAF
    Sgt F Walton
    Sgt V S Shaw
    Sgt T Buchan
    P/O W.C. Ellis
    Sgt E W Waterman POW
    Sgt Dodson
    Sgt E W Waterman was POW at camps 4B/Stalag Luft 3 number 222416

    Does anyone know what happened to Sgt Shaw and Waterman? They were not involved with the fateful mission (Sgt Waterman being a POW).

    I have the ops records for the crew, which included details of other problematic landings etc. I have also been in contact with family members of CMS & TB.

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    Hello,

    I presume you already know that Shannon's A705 and A9300 files are digitised at the National Archives of Australia ?

    Correct spelling of the crash site is Aubengue.

    Your best best would be Waterman's PoW questionnaire, in the WO344 series at Kew. At least it would give his first names, date of birth, and wartime address, a good starting point for some kind of genealogical research.

    Joss

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    Thanks Joss for the correction (I took it straight from the records) - Yes I have all the Pilots records and those of my Great Uncle - I will look at WO344. Thank you again.

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