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    Default PO Kenneth William Davies, 29.8.41 with 78 Sqyadron and 2 SFTS

    Guys,

    I have the details from the squadron ORB's but does anyone have the facts behind this loss?

    Crew consisted of PO Kenneth William Davies, Sgt Samuel Edgar Rowed, Sgt Gerald Thomas Harper, Sgt James William Bills and Sgt Peter Gennon. They all perished in the incident.

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    Nick

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    Thu 28/Fri 29 Aug 1941
    Bomber Command

    Raid on Duisburg, Germany (by 118 aircraft - 9 lost)
    78 Squadron, RAF (Middleton St George, Durham - 4 Group)
    Whitley V Z6508 - took off at 0135 captained by Plt Off K W Davies, RAF, and presumed to have crashed into the sea, as the bodies of two New Zealand crew members were later washed ashore near Dunkirk and buried there. No trace of the other three crew was found and they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Bomber Command Losses details this loss under 27/28th August with the target as Mannheim, but is in error.
    Observer: 916770 Sgt Gerald Thomas HARPER, RAFVR - Age 25.
    WOpAG: NZ403041 Sgt Peter GENNON, RNZAF - Age 25. 87hrs. 1st op.
    Harper’s date and place of birth are unknown but he lived in New Zealand from at least 1930 to 1935.

    And an amendment from Vol Three:

    HARPER, G T – body found on coast 13 October, buried on 14th. He may have been resident in NZ as early as 1922, when father registered there as medical practitioner following service in the NZEF 1918-1919.

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Thanks for this info. l have picked up most of this from the ORB's and CWGC but as in all these cases where there were no survivors, it is not clear how the aircraft came to grief. Thank you very much for the other info.

    Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Nick

    sadly I have not been able to come up with the reason for their loss. There is no cause given in the Sqn ORB or in the Station ORB, none of the other crews operating that night mention witnessing the loss. I do have photos of the 2 graves in Dunkirk if you, would like copies send me a PM.

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    Daz

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    Thanks Daz,

    i have checked all avenues including the Group records, but nothing.

    Thanks for your help.

    Regards,

    Nick

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