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    Hello everyone

    Here are a couple more to pin down, from the ROH in the Church of the Venerable Bede in Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

    GRUNDY Thomas Albert 42306, Pilot Officer, 216 Sqn, killed 16 July 1940. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial
    HOWLAND Douglas Haigh 528418, Sgt, killed 8 May 1945. Buried Tilburg (Gilzerbaan) General Cemetery

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    Grundy lost on Bombay L5848 on an op against Tobruk.

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    Howland unit is listed as 6458 SE, thats Servicing Echelon as I understand.

    And this Flight magazine lilsts him as Died on Active service, we explained this category of death before. (i.e accident, illness etc)
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1946/1946%20-%200136.html?search=Howland

    There are three men of 952 RLY OPERATING COY Royal Engineers also died that day in adjacent graves, Howland in 16, them in 18, 19, 20. Grave 17 is a Royal Engineer died the day after. Perhaps connected?

    Grave 21 also contains a sapper of the 952 ROC, RE, died the 10th May
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thank you for the replies, John and Dennis.

    A quick Google for the 952 Rly Operating Coy casualties brought up this for Howland (translated from the original Dutch website using Google Translate, so apologies in advance!)

    'Howland, Douglas Haigh....Presumably killed in traffic accident on 08/05/1945 in Berkel-Enschot, joined by: Grainger, Millership, Seymour, Riding and Fennel. Military vehicle hit a tree. Police have reported daily report Tilburg, no action taken, in Berkel-Enschot territory.'

    Original Dutch source: http://www.regionaalarchieftilburg.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=861

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