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    Default W/O Peter R Thompson 226 and 83 Squadrons Killed 26 March 1942 Thames Estuary

    Can anyone give me any information about my above named relative,an RAF Observer, who was killed with his crew on the 26 March 1942 on return from Essen.Their Manchester a/c hit a barrage balloon over the Thames Estuary.Does anyone have a copy of the 83 squadron ORB?
    Also, Peter served with 226 Squadron 'Continental contingent' from March to June 1940. What were 226 up to at the time and anyone out there who can help me with any ops flown?
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    Dear Barnsley
    I do not have the 83 ORB for this date, sorry. It may also be worth asking if anyone has the Chorley 1942 entry for this.
    I do have the entry for this in Low and Harper, 83 Squadron 1917 - 1969 ISBN 19000604051

    25/3/42
    Manchester R5831 OL-T

    Sgt EM Price
    FS RC Snowball
    WO PR Thompson
    All killed and buried in Leysdown (St Clement) Churchyard, Kent

    FS MC Roberts
    Killed and buried in Glasgow (Craigton) Cemetery, Glasgow

    Sgt J Devalle
    Killed and buried in Golton (Astley Bridge Cemetery) Lancs.

    Sgt S Block
    Killed and buried in East Ham (Marlow Road) Jewish Cemetery, London

    Sgt H Garnham
    Killed and buried in Brantham (St Michael) Churchyard. Suffolk

    All mentioned in the book or Remembrance in Lincoln Cathedral

    Crash site: Warden Point Sheppey

    Sortie Details: Six aircraft to Krupps, Essen. Total Manchesters 20, losses five. 83 Sq lost two. (also L7465 OL-H)

    The book also mentions that the cause of the crash was a barrage balloon cable.

    Your relatives aircraft was in B Flight, the other 83 aircraft was A Flight
    It may be worth contacting AJEX regarding the Jewish serviceman. They may be able to help.
    Also worth contacting the RAF Air Historical Branch and ask to get a next of kin permission form. If you have permission they may be able to give a little more info.

    I have not checked any of the details given above so it will be worth you checking them on the Commonwealth War Graves Web site. You will get their full names and service numbers there.

    I hope this helps and gets the ball rolling for you.
    Ask if you have any questions.
    Best wishes
    James

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    You'll be just as surprised as i was, on finding that there is no record of this in the ORB. The two aircraft that were lost, are not listed in the 541 section, and there is no mention of the losses in the 540 section, just these remarks....

    Essen was visited in force by our boys tonight . In good weather with no clouds but slight haze. There seemed to be some difficulty all the same, about the definate pinpointing of the target area.

    Alan.

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    Hi Alan and James.Thank you for your input.I tried to find Peters grave on Sheppey some years ago but without success.
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    Dear Bansley
    I have just looked at http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2035869/LEYSDOWN%20(ST.%20CLEMENT)%20CHURCHYARD which may give a pointer on the location.
    All three men are listed on the page http://www.cwgc.org/search-for-war-dead.aspx?cpage=2&sort=name&order=asc which suggests that they are next to each other in 141, 142 and 143

    The following photo shows the churchyard in the interwar period. The WW2 graves are not there yet.
    http://www.pbase.com/luckytrev/image/65067782

    It looks as though the church has now been demolished
    http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=4515.0

    It may be worth giving the CWGC a ring to see what has happened? Have the graves bee protected?
    You could always contact Leysdown Parish Council and ask if they have any local historians or if there is anyone who can take a photograph for you. http://www.leysdownpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/

    Happy hunting
    James

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