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    Default F/S John Thomas ARMSTRONG (A410430)

    Hi,

    This airman died 24/8/43-reason unknown-and is buried Heliopolis War Cemetery. Can someone confirm this was the Sgt T Armstrong, RAAF, serving with 152 Sqn in mid-1943?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Bruce

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    His service papers are online - 30 pages - cannot see squadron number - looks like the unit was 22PTC - aircraft accident

    http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ListingReports/ItemsListing.aspx


    Bob

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    Hi,
    His casualty file, which is digitised on the NAA website, states that his aircraft (Wellington W5430) was involved in a collision during a night landing at Cairo West, 24/08/43.

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    His A705 casualty file is scanned and available on the Australian NAA website. His service fiels are not scanned however.

    Cause of death is listed as Wellinton W5430 with crew:
    ARMSTRONG John Thomas - (Sergeant); Service Number - 410430
    FLANNAGAN J F (Flight Sergeant); Service Number 413754
    BURGES W (Sergeant); Service Number 1338219
    TRACEY P (Flight Sergeant); Service Number 414971
    SOAMES F R (Sergeant); Service Number 1294276
    MITCHELL C H (Wing Commander); Service Number - 34244

    But you would need to read the A705 to get the details.

    You coud get his service file scanned up for a small fee if no answer gained from here.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Collision on landing between two Wellingtons, Z8425 and W5430. Both crews and passengers killed bar one air gunner survived.

    The letters in Flanaghan's and Armstrong A705 from the 22 PTC commander make sad reading. Basically duplicate letters to the next of kin, saying they weren't at the station long and had died instantly. Refer to Flanaghan's A705 for narative on the crash and Form 765's for both aircraft.
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    Default Sgt T Armstrong 65 & 152 sqn.

    Hi there,
    I to Bruce have been trying to ID Sgt T Armstrong who flew with 65 sqn in December 1942 at Drem.
    He volunteered for overseas duty and joined 152 sqn in Malta in January 1943. On 7-7-43 still with 152 sqn in Malta was on a bomber escort in Spitfire Vb? LZ163 at 1023hrs 15mls N/Malta when he collided with Spitfire Vb, JK104 (P/O B McDonald) losing its tail. It spun into the sea after Sgt T Armstrong baled out. He was in the sea for 2 hrs before ASL Pinnacle 1244 rescued him.
    I have assumed Sgt T (Thomas) Armstrong was VR 1032515/1863666 who survived the war.
    I am open to correction so which Sgt Armstrong was on 152 sqn please.
    Roy

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    Thanks for your responses. I had tried the NAA, finding his service file not as yet digitised, as you have pointed out Dennis.

    It seems the 152 Sqn ORB will hold the answer to the identity of Sgt Armstrong, and that he wasn't in fact RAAF (P/O Bob MacDonald was though).

    Bruce

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    Hello,

    www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4726-Sgt.-W-A.-Burgess-RAFVR

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 29th October 2011 at 07:07.

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    Default F/S John Thomas ARMSTRONG (A410430)

    Thomas Armstrong (1032515) baled out of LZ871 - not LZ163.

    John Engelsted

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    Default Sgt T Armstrong 65 & 152 sqn.

    Hello John,
    I trust you are well and thank you for showing me the error of my ways.
    Roy

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