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    Default W/O T.B. Brierley (NZ417009) - KIA 21/09/1944 (190 Squadron)

    Can anyone provide me the a/c and crew listing for the above noted pilot who was killed 21 September 1944 while serving with 190 Squadron.

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    I've besides Brierley:
    W/Cdr Graeme E. HARRISON - DFC - Silver Star (US) - 37012;
    F/Sgt (Flt Eng) Robert PERCEY - 1077628;
    F/O (Nav) Neil MACKAY - 147128;
    W/O (-?-) Donald M. MATHEWSON - NZ421331;
    F/Lt (WOp) Norman E. SKINNER - DFC - 118084;
    P/O (Ag) Comte Jacques F.G. DU CORDOUE - RCAF J/92200 (R/144767);
    L/Cpl (Despatcher) Leslie H. CALDECOTT - T/80730 - 253 Air Comp Coy RASC), and
    Driver (Despatcher) Harold GREGORY - T/152672 - 253 Air Comp Coy RASC.

    It seems they PERCEY and SKINNER fell to death as they left their stricken aircraft from a too low altitude.

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    Christian,

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998)':

    Thu 21 Sep 1944

    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE

    Operation MARKET - supply drop over the Arnhem area, Netherlands
    190 Squadron, RAF (Fairford, Gloucestershire - 38 Group)
    Stirling IV LJ982 - took off at 1201 captained by commanding officer Wg Cdr G E Harrison, DFC Silver Star (US), RAF, and brought down almost immediately after dropping the supplies, crashing near Zetten, 15km SW of Arnhem. The seven crew and two Army dispatchers were buried in the Refuge Hill Churchyard at Zetten, but later reinterred at Oosterbeek on the western outskirts of Arnhem.
    2nd Pilot: NZ417009 Wt Off Thomas Barry BRIERLEY, RNZAF - Age 21. 567hrs.
    Navigator: NZ421331 Wt Off Donald Meldrum MATHEWSON, RNZAF - Age 36. 594hrs. 20th op.

    Crew as listed by Henk.

    Errol

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    Nothing to add on this crew, but would just mention that two Stirlings, LJ982 and LJ943, crash at Zetten. The casualties from the two aircraft are buried in the same cemetery at Zetten. After the Dutch liberation this double crash makes the identification of bodies more difficult.

    Danish/Canadian Otto Hjalmar Antoft is KIA freom LJ943, cf.
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/profiles.php?alpha=a&id=11

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    Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom. Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War
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    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    Thank Henk and Errol for the additional information!

    Mikkel I was aware of Antoft as he was also at No.34 OTU, Pennfield Ridge as well. As I continue along with my research more and more keep coming to light.

    Christian

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