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Thread: Liberator A72-92 21 RAAF Squadron lost 27 July 1945

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    Default Liberator A72-92 21 RAAF Squadron lost 27 July 1945

    Hi guys

    I would appreciate identities and fates of crew members, plus anything else relating to the loss.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Have you checked the Australian national Archives website, this information shoudl be easily found there? Search using the aircraft serial number.

    Or even a bit of googling

    http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-24/A72-92.html
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    Cpl John R Waite 36404344 USAAf is a strange issue.

    On ancestry.com I can see him listed as being 'buried' in Australia on the Ancestry.com copy of rosters of the dead WW2. The implication here is that he is missing, not to be disturbed. However he does have a IDPF if you want to order that from the US ARmy, details on armyairforces.com

    he doesn't seem to appear on the abmc.gov website database but he is on a similar database on Ancestry.com that suggests he ought to be on the abmc.gov site:
    Name: John R Waite
    Inducted From: Michigan
    Rank: Corporal
    Combat Organization: 15th Weather Squadron
    Death Date: 27 Jul 1945
    Monument: the Netherlands
    Last Known Status: Missing
    U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
    Air Medal


    You can get his enlistment entries here:
    http://aad.archives.gov/aad/index.jsp

    He seems to have fallen off the database somewhere.
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    Many thanks Dennis

    I should know better by now!

    Found the information straight away!

    Cheers
    Brian

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    search for A72-92 at the Australian National archives and two of the mens casualty files are scanned there:

    http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx
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    And finally, the ABMC replied straight away to say:

    "The Register of WW II Dead compiled by the War Dept following the war shows that the remains of CPL John R. Waite, 36404344 are interred at the Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, Australia.

    The cemetery is not administered by this Commission.

    Happy Holidays"

    I was going to rant about the rusbbish state of US records but sure, what difference would it make.
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    Hi Brian,

    I have a copy of 'Tocumwal to Tarakan' which gives an account of the loss of A72-92 of 21 Sqn plus a part photo of the aircraft. If you would like to contact me on harley.158ATbigpond.com relace AT as usual, I'll be happy to scan the pages for you.

    Regards,

    John.

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