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    Default F/S John Middleton RAFVR 158 squadron

    Can anyone tell me how F/S John Middleton RAFVR-w/op/a/g killed 4/3/1945 and buried at Harrogate met his death.

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    Hi Linda

    Flew as Wireless Operator to F/Lt. C.A. Rogers on Operations to Kamen

    On returning to base, the aircraft was shot down by a Ju. 88 night fighter and crashed at Sledmere Grange killing all on board. This was one of the Operation Gisela casualties

    The aircraft was PN437 NP-X

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    Hi Linda
    Chorley in "In Brave Company" briefly mentions this loss, naming only the Capt., and seems to attribute it to an intruder, which also hit at least one other Halifax on approach, wounding the rear gunner.
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    Dick

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    Default Linda

    Thank you Eddie & Dick.I was asked to look up this man for one of my old POW's who was his friend and that ties in with what he mentioned,that he thought Middleton was killed on returning home,but wanted to know more details.Thanks so much!

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    Hi Linda

    Owing to intruder activity over the airfield, this aircraft was diverted to Middleton St. George. The aircraft responsible was possibly that of possibly that of Hptm Dreher 13/NJG3 which later crashed after hitting a tree close to Elvington airfield and crashed onto a house killing three civilians. If your man would like a crew photo I'm happy to oblige.

    The rear gunner mentioned by Dick was F/Sgt. Arthur Tait in the crew of F/O. W.P. Strachan RAAF. Some publications record him as being killed but Chorley has it correct although 'Archie' was hospitalised and never flew again

    This was Middletons 31st Op

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    Hi Eddie,many thanks for the extra info.My pow(Gordon Tisbury of 405 Sqdn see bombercrew.com 405 Sqdn Galleries) was really upset when he found that his old friend "Johnny" Middleton had been killed so near to the end of the war,and also before he himself arrived home.Yes,if you have a crew photo,i can print it off,as he doesn't have a computer,and mail it to him
    Much appreciated Linda-
    cathogs2000@yahoo.co.uk

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