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    Hello again everyone

    I've another list of names I'm looking to add details to, if anyone can help. They're all taken from the Book of Remembrance of Heaton Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which helpfully has some additional info:

    AISTON Frederick, 129439, F/O, missing over the Bay of Bengal 03/03/44
    ALLAN William Brian, 755584, Sgt, 18 Sqn, missing in attack on Catania, Sicily 08/12/41
    BERRY Edmund Maurice, 150222, F/O, 11 Sqn, missing on an operational flight over Burma 14/04/44
    BRAND Stanley Sherwen, 122361, F/O, 178 Sqn, KIA Latina, Volturno Vallery, Italy, 05/03/43
    CLAPPERTON James Denys, 159392, P/O, 27 Sqn, KIA North Africa 26/07/44
    DUMBLE David Storar, 166349, F/O, MIA Nassua, Bahamas 09/04/45
    GEORGES Cyril Hollingsworth, 111260, F/O, 614 Sqn, KIA in attack on Bizerta 04/12/42
    GIBSON Leslie Trevethan, 1091023, Sgt, MIA air collision Ailsa Craig 21/05/43
    GREETHAM Robert Frederick, 939059, F/Sgt, 355 Sqn, lost at sea in the Bay of Bengal 27/06/44
    HARVEY Raymond, 9374546, F/Sgt, 69 Sqn, MIA 25/08/42, commemorated on the Malta Memorial
    McPHERSON James Quar, 1054475, Sgt (Obs), 254 Sqn, killed at Carew Cheriton 05/03/42
    RENNOLDS James, 994458, F/Sgt, 136 Sqn, missing on ops over Malta, 22/05/43
    SOUTHERN Ronald Fred, 1002392, 238 Sqn, missing over the Med 23/05/42
    THOMPSON Robert Fraser, 174908, F/O, killed 18/05/45, buried Newcastle. FreeBMD has a death for a Robert F Thompson registered at East Retford in June 1945.
    TUCK Sidney Ronald, 127510, P/O, missing after enemy action at sea 29/10/42, commemorated on the Alamein Memorial
    WATSON Robert Alan, 132178, F/O, 177 Sqn, shot down Mogok, Burma 09/05/44. His pilot was J21217 F/O R N Peever, RCAF.

    If anyone can add details for the aircraft involved (if applicable), or any further info, I'd be most grateful.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    These are some of the ones you want: -

    AISTON Frederick, Catalina IB, FP161 of No 628 Sqn which disappeared on a ferry fligh tfrom Rehills Lake to China Bay
    ALLAN William Brian - Blenheim IV, V5465 'B' of No 18 Sqn, which collided with Z9719 of the same unit during a raid on Catania
    BRAND Stanley Sherwen - Liberator II, AL638 'X' of No 178 Sqn, which was shot down by a night fighter on a raid to Naples
    CLAPPERTON James Denys - Ventura V, JS933 'M' of No 27 SAAF Sqn, which crashed on take-off from Le Senia.
    DUMBLE David Storar - possibly in Mitchell II, FV946 of No 111 OTU, which came down in the sea off New Providence in the Bahamas.
    GEORGES Cyril Hollingsworth - Blenheim V, BA869 'N', which was shot down by Bf 109s whilst attacking Robb airfield
    GIBSON Leslie Trevethan - Wellington VIII LB193/LB237 of No 1 TTU collided with each other off Ailsa Craig
    GREETHAM Robert Frederick - Liberator III, BZ853 of No 355, which was lost at Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.
    HARVEY Raymond - Baltimore I, AG697, which failed to return from a search for a Beaufort crew lost the previous day
    McPHERSON James - Blenheim IV, R3839, which flew into high ground near Carew Cheriton
    THOMPSON Robert Fraser - Wellington X, NA718 of No 30 OTU, whhich crashed whilst trying to regain the airfield at Gamston in a glide following problems on take-off.
    TUCK Sidney Ronald - He was on board the SS Abosso which was sunk by the U-575, 700 miles NW of the Azores. WATSON Robert Alan - Beaufighter VI, EL363, which flew into a hill near Mogok.

    Malcolm

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    Wow Malcolm, that's what I call a pretty comprehensive reply! Many thanks indeed.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    A bit more information on, BRAND, Stanley Sherwen:

    4/5-3-1943
    No.178 Sqn.
    Liberator II AL638 'X'

    Took off Hosc Raui (Ghemines) with five other aircraft to attack shipping in Naples harbour. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off, and it failed to return. Enemy action believed.

    108603 F/O (Capt./Pilot) Peter John Christopher BATEMAN-CHAMPAIN RAFVR +
    122361 F/O (2nd Pilot) Stanley Sherwen BRAND RAFVR +
    134515 P/O (Nav.) Douglas Michael MITCHELL RAFVR +
    1153369 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Stanley Nelson GODDARD RAFVR +
    1378982 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) William JOHNSON RAFVR +
    934460 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Robert PILSON RAFVR +
    1379740 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Jack HOYLAND RAFVR +
    AUS416226 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) Justin Vincent O'LOUGHLIN RAAF +

    A Missing Research and Enquiry team reported that the aircraft crashed at Cajazzo/Caiazzo, Italy.

    All buried Minturno War Cemetery, Italy.

    Col.
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    Malcolm,
    I've GIBSON (1 TTU) on LB 193.
    BZ853: only had F/Sgt (Ag) Kenneth A. GILROY - RCAF R/84090. Who else were on this aircraft besides GREETHAM and GILROY ?
    EL363: only had F/O (Pilot) Rolland N. PEEVER - RCAF J/21217. Could you confirm ?
    Season greetings,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    Thanks for info on Gibson, do you have details of the other crew, my list of possibles are: -

    Sgt BROWN, ALFRED (1039746) RAFVR; age: Unknown
    Sgt CHAMBERS, WILLIAM VICTOR (1384655) RAFVR; age: 22
    Sgt CLARKE, THOMAS BRIAN (1236744) RAFVR; age: ?
    Sgt DEAN, RONALD (1087504) RAFVR; age: 21
    Flt Sgt FORSYTH-JOHNSON, JOHN FREDERICK (1383232) RAFVR; age: 20
    Sgt GIBSON, LESLIE TREVETHAN (1091023) RAFVR; age: 21
    Sgt JONES, CYRIL (980210) RAFVR; age: 23
    Sgt LOWE, BERTRAM HARRINGTON (658389) RAF; age: 27

    BZ853 - The full crew list is: -
    CLEMENTS, GORDON REGINALD ALBRIGHTON (1451837) age: Unknown RAFVR Flt Sgt
    GREETHAM, ROBERT FREDERICK (939059) age: 25 RAFVR Flt Sgt
    GROUCOTT, ERIC RICHARD (1416098) age: 20 RAFVR Flt Sgt
    HOLLAND, SIDNEY JAMES (1851590) age: Unknown RAFVR Flt Sgt
    McALHON, DENIS (652432) age: 23 RAF Sgt
    AUSTIN, ERIC WILLIAM (1577655) age: 21 RAFVR Sgt
    GRIFFITHS, WILLIAM (657359) age: Unknown RAF WO
    GILROY, KENNETH ANDREW (R/84090) age: 22 RCAF WO II

    EL363 - TSGNO states the non Canadian navigator of Peever's was also killed and there is only one other 177 death (Watson) on that date and he's buried in the same cemetery

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm,

    Thanks for additional info on BZ853.

    First of all remark on Sgt William B. ALLAN - 755584 in your msg # 2: BCLME (Gunby/Temple) page 106 has ALLAN on Z7613. Must confess that AB has Z7613 for 12-12-1941 shot down by flak near Argostoli, confirmed by Graham Warner in his 'The Bristol Blenheim' on page 487 however with the addition "no further details available".

    I've following info on LB193:
    F/O (Pilot) Peter R. GRIFFIN - 116787 - ok
    F/O (2nd Pilot) Frederick I. THOMPSON - 122825 - ok
    P/O (Airbomber) Kenneth HOLDEN - 129178 - ok
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Sydney LAWRENCE - 1091215 - ok
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Ronald DEAN - 1087504 - Runnymede Panel 147.

    For your other proposed names I've:
    1039746 - BROWN - LB187;
    1384655 - CHAMBERS - LB237;
    1236744 - CLARKE - LB237;
    1383232 - FORSYTH-JOHNSON - LB237;
    1091023 - GIBSON - LB193;
    980210 - JONES - LB237, and
    658389 - LOWE - LB237.

    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    I don't know why I've recorded V5465 next to Allan so I've amended it.

    Thanks for the info on LB193, LB187 and LB237

    Malcolm

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