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    Default Some Coastal Command losses - looking for details

    Hello again everyone

    I'm busy going through a list of RAF, AAC and FAA casualties from NE England, and I'm trying to find details for which particular aircraft (if any, of course), were involved in these 22 Coastal Command casualties. All are 1942 onwards, and include one from 1947:

    COOPER Thomas Kenneth, Warrant Officer 1105930
    172 Sqn, killed 8th September 1943 aged 23
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    DOWSON Roy, Flight Sgt 1549235
    221 Sqn, killed 24th August 1944
    Commemorated on the Malta Memorial

    GRAY Gerald, Sgt 1090020
    210 Sqn, killed 2nd January 1943
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    HALL Charles Roe, Flying Officer 120116
    210 Sqn, killed 11th November 1942
    Commemorated on the Malta Memorial

    HENDERSON Robert, Sgt 1379032
    221 Sqn, killed 15th April 1943
    Commemorated on the Malta Memorial

    HORNSBY Raymond Gordon, Sgt (Obs) 988129
    235 Sqn, killed 13th January 1942
    Buried Middlesbrough (Acklam) Cemetery

    HOWELL Stanley Burton, Flt Sgt 1045569
    179 Sqn, killed 24th June 1944
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    JARRON Lawrence, Sgt 942182
    240 Sqn, killed 22nd January 1947
    Buried Byermoor (Sacred Heart) Roman Catholic Cemetery

    JONES Frederick, Flying Officer (Nav) 152080
    236 Sqn, killed 23rd February 1944
    Buried Darlington West Cemetery

    JONES John William, Warrant Officer 1154432
    612 Sqn, killed 4th August 1943
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    METCALFE Magnus William, Sgt 1081258
    172 Sqn, killed 28th March 1943
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    MILLER Henry, Sgt (WOp/AG) 1049364
    221 Sqn, killed 2nd February 1944
    Buried Bari War Cemetery, Italy

    OATES William Arnold, Warrant Officer (WOp/AG) 1379299
    524 Sqn, killed 10th March 1945
    Buried Darlington West Cemetery

    PALMER William, Leading Aircraftsman 941332
    200 Sqn, killed 21st April 1942
    Buried Takoradi European Public Cemetery, Ghana

    ROBERTSON John Balfour, Sgt 1110184
    210 Sqn, killed 2nd January 1943
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    SHAW Ronald Alvis, Sgt (Obs) 1059978
    236 Sqn, killed 4th August 1942
    Buried Hartlepool (Stranton) Cemetery

    SHAW Thomas Gledstone, Pilot Officer 116989
    252 Sqn, killed 9th July 1942
    Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial

    STEEL Albert Henry, Sgt 1039957
    502 Sqn, killed 27th December 1943
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    TURNBULL John DFM, Flight Sgt 617565
    202 Sqn, killed 21st January 1942
    Buried Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery

    WALKER Thomas William, Sgt 995420
    235 Sqn, killed 26th June 1942
    Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    WHITE Robert Lawrence, Flying Officer 152293
    489 RNZAF Sqn, killed 20th April 1944
    Buried Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, Holland

    WRIGHT Norman, Leading Aircraftsman 1107356
    86 Sqn, killed 14th March 1942
    Buried Sunderland (Mere Knolls) Cemetery

    Any help filling in the details would be very much appreciated.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    Re: DOWSON, Roy F/Sgt 1549235.

    23/24-8-1944
    No.221 Sqn.
    Wellington XIII HZ883

    Airborne Grottaglie, 0031, 24 August. Detailed to carry out a night offensive shipping recce in North Adriatic, alternative target was Parenzo. No wireless messages were received from the aircraft and it did not respond to W/T from base. HZ883 failed to return from the mission.

    591703 W/O (Capt./Pilot) Frederick Peter William BRAY RAF +
    1623386 Sgt (2nd Pilot) John SUTCLIFFE RAFVR +
    AUS410670 W/O (Nav.) Clifton Lawrence HUGHES RAAF +
    1397235 Sgt (W.Op./Air) Eric James COTTRIDGE RAFVR +
    1493877 Sgt (W.Op./Air) Leslie RUDD RAFVR +
    1549235 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air) Roy DOWSON RAFVR +

    All commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

    Col.
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    Col

    Many thanks for the details for Dowson, much appreciated.

    Regards

    Simon

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    In the archives of the forum, see how to search at the sticky note:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?11062-Forum-Search

    N Wright 1942
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?5133-Unaccounted-airmen-14-3-1942
    Died on active service. A death from natural causes, ground accident, not likely an aircraft related death, rememebr below Sgt ranks are non aircrew for the period you are looking at.

    Please search the archives for the serial number of the men in 1942 1943 as I'm sure Henk has covered some of them in his threads
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/henksthreads.html


    Walker 235 Squadron
    http://www.rafcommands.com/dcforum/DCForumID6/Data/291.txt
    Quote" 28Jun42 - T4761 - LA-M - engine cut and crashed into North Sea, 40 kms off Terschelling island. Took off 08.15 hrs for an ASR-sortie. Sgt Thomas William WALKER (WOp/Obs), 995420, RAF, commemorated on Runnymede Panel 95. P/O Arne O. ARNESEN (Pilot), 117460, RAF (of South Rhodesia) - born in Norway - PoW. He was in Stalag Luft III Sagan, number 459.
    Regards.
    Henk."

    use info in last post here to read these old threads easier:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?5-How-to-access-posts-on-old-board/page3
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 15th February 2012 at 10:31.
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    Thanks Dennis.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'd already come across Wright in Henk's post through Google, but rather stupidly included him in my request list - I'd guess I had a 'senior moment'.

    I've found Walker now on the 'old site' - not sure how I missed him first time round [your edit beat me to it!], and I'd already seen Henderson on one of Henk's Unaccounted Airmen posts, but there's no further info on him.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Dear Simon,
    Why such a long list !! Don't be so 'hungry' and just come up with 2 or 3 names at a time. Have a huge back log on the RAF Commands threads due to illness and can't cope with your question.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,
    Good to see you back in the "Left Hand Seat"!
    Rgds
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    Simon,
    Did a quick look and found following for your further research:
    1105930 - COOPER - Wellington MP509
    1090020 - GRAY - Catalina VA725
    120116 - HALL - Catalina W8416
    988129 - HORNSBY - Beaufighter T4764
    1045569 - HOWELL - Wellington HF143
    152080 - JONES - Beaufighter NE201
    1154432 - JONES - Wellington HF128
    1081258 - METCALFE - Wellington MP506.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Many thanks indeed once again Henk, and please accept my apologies for the long list. I hope you're feeling much better.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi

    I think I may be able to help with this one. F/S R.E.J. Cooper (note initials) was one of the crew of Wellington XII MP509 which was shot down whilst attacking U402 in the Bay of Biscay on the night of 7/8 Sep 1943. The crew comprised (as well as F/S Cooper) F/O C.J Payne, WO A.L. Brigden, P/O R.J. GERRETT, Sgt L. Vaughan-Harrison (who was my father) and Sgt C.J.E.Moody. The initial attach was carried out by another Wellington XIV (Capt was F/O Armstrong) who dropped Depth Charges. This was followed by MP509 which was shot down by U402. I have copies of the log and the other Wellingtons crew debriefing from the TNA which describes what happened in detail but it is on A3 sheets and I only have an A4 scanner. If you want copies email me your address and I will put them in the post. email: tonysnewemail@btinternet.com

    best wishes

    TonyJ

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