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    Default Oldest and Youngest KIA in Bomber Command

    I am studying the raid on Frankfurt am Main 22 March 1944.
    Two of the casualties are listed as one of the youngest (18) and one of the oldest (46).
    In fact there were five 18-year-olds killed on this raid - two from the same crew.
    Unsurprisingly they are all Air Gunners.
    Most of the oldest (34+) were Navigators.

    Curious I started to dig and found:

    Youngest so far:
    JONASSON LEONARD NORMAN
    Canadian Sergeant (Air Gnr.) Royal Canadian Air Force 76 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
    Age: 17 Date of Death: 17/04/1943 Service No: R/180403

    Oldest so far:
    Sir Arnold Talbot Wilson (75 684) - age 56 (KIA 31.5.40).

    This previous thread has covered the topic:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2193-Age-Limits-For-Flying-Withing-Bomber-Command

    Interestingly for me, this thread has the statistics for RNZAF aircrew deaths.

    Can anyone provide similar numbers for RAF, RAAF, RCAF and others?

    Many thanks
    Robert

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    Robert,
    Another A/G, Sgt Edward James Wright RCAF, 428sqdn 30/04/45, aged 16yrs, was one i was involved in researching some years back.
    Alan.
    Last edited by AlanW; 14th May 2011 at 11:04.

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    Default Youngest Fighter Command pilot casuality

    Hello again,
    On a slightly different tack, Sgt Geoffrey Arthur Painting VR1264156 was 17 years when he was MIA on 30-9-41 with 118 sqn while attacking flak ships off Cherberg. he was flying #2 to P/O Peter Howard-Williams in Spitfire Vb, W3849.
    He must have been very convincing when he enroled, about his age.
    I would be very interested to know his date of birth please.
    Roy

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    He appears to have been born in the last quarter(Oct-Dec) of 1923, birth registered at Gravesend,Kent, mothers maiden name "Kings"

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    Default KIA vs KOAS

    Wright was killed on a training flight so actually killed on active service rather than killed in action. Nevertheless an awfully young age to die!

    Peter

    Quote Originally Posted by AlanW View Post
    Robert,
    Another A/G, Sgt Edward James Wright RCAF, 428sqdn 30/04/45, aged 16yrs, was one i was involved in researching some years back.
    Alan.

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    Peter,
    Having researched Wright some years ago, i was aware of him being KOAS. I was also aware of the wording of Roberts posting, i was merely stating how young Edward Wright was at time of death.
    Alan.

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    Default Geoff Painting

    Hi Alan W,
    Thanks for the info on Geoff Painting, I have long wondered how a 15 1/2 year old lad had enroled in May, 1940 and gone through the training program to squadron service by the time he was 17 years.
    Was he unique for his age?
    Roy

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