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    Default Sqn Ldr T C F Earp DFC, killed June 6th 1944?

    Hello everyone

    I'm looking for some information about the wonderfully monikered Terence Claude Francis EARP DFC, 88688, who died on June 6th 1944. Despite the date, his death is registered not in Normandy, but in the Border registration district (Cumberland), and he is buried in Boldon Cemetery, near Sunderland.

    He was awarded the DFC while with 58 Sqn, and it was gazetted on 11th August 1942. Can anyone provide details of his death?

    Many thanks.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Flight magazine archives published his name in RAF Casualty list 424 as Died on Avtive Service

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1944/1944%20-%201978.html?search=F. Earp

    This normally indicates a death from natural causes, cancer, appendicies (can't spell sorry!) or a non aircraft crash related death, i.e. bike accident in the black out,

    The Calenders of wills do not give a location for his death.

    Not much mention of him to be found in the London Gazette after
    Gazette Issue 35845 published on the 29 December 1942. Page 5 of 14

    And I checked the indexes, that last notification was promotion to Fl lt
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks for your help Dennis, much appreciated.

    And it's appendicitis...I did have to double-check that though!

    Regards

    Simon

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    Did you have this ?

    EARP, Terence Claud Francis, F/O (88688, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.58 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1942. Born at Richmond, Surrey; home at Newquay; enlisted 1939; commissioned 1940 Public Record Office Air 2/9595 has citation drafted when he had flown 29 sorties (197 operational hours). See also Royal Air Force Quarterly, December 1942.

    "Since May 1941, this officer has completed numerous sorties including attacks on Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Stettin, Kiel and other important targets. He has at all times endeavoured to press home his attacks in the face of the heaviest opposition. On one occasion he flew his very badly damaged aircraft back from Hamburg with one engine unserviceable. He made an excellent landing at base without injury to any member of his crew. Flying Officer Earp is an outstanding captain of aircraft."

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    Or this?

    30 Nov-1 Dec 1941
    58 Sqn
    Whitley V Z9211:GE-Q
    Op:Hamburg.

    Took off 1641 Linton-on-Ouse. Ditched off Grimsby, Lincolnshire, while returning to base. The crew were rescued by a passing trawler.

    P/O Earp
    P/O McKenzie
    Sgt Carmichael
    Sgt Stewart
    Sgt Cairns

    BCL2/187.

    ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

    EARP._ On June 6, 1944, suddenly, SQUADRON LEADER TERENCE EARP, D.F.C., beloved husband of Joan (nee Thubron), father of Paddy and son of Professor and Mrs Frank Earp of Steyning, Sussex. Funeral West Boldon Church, to-day (Saturday) at 11 a.m.

    The Times. Saturday, June 10, 1944. p.1.

    OBITUARY - The Times. Friday, June 16, 1944 p.7. Contains much the same information already posted by Hugh.

    Col.
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    Many thanks indeed for the additional info Hugh and Col - very helpful of you both.

    That explains why he's buried at Boldon, as his marriage was registered in Durham NE, which includes Boldon, in December 1940, and his wife was from South Shields.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 22nd June 2012 at 12:40.

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