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    84 Squadron RAF Reserve volunteers

    I have been asked to try and trace a friends grandfather, I have so far found out he died on Oct 10th 1944 and has a head stone in the memorial cemetery at Singapore. Could anyone help with where he was in Oct '44 and what might have happened to him. Also are there any books about the history of 84 squadron? Any help greatly received.

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    HI Joe, welcome - I added this line as I ought to have done at my first posting

    his name might help for a start?

    Was he one of these men

    005 DAVIDSON R 1001982 84 SQDN 05/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    007 HERBERT JE 1350924 84 SQDN 11/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    008 JENNER JA 1335841 84 SQDN 15/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    009 JONES H 1042255 84 SQDN 09/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    017 PORTER J 546847 84 SQDN 07/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    020 RHODES C 1351323 84 SQDN 15/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    022 SCRUBY LF 964338 84 SQDN 12/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    026 SMITH AE 1284538 84 SQDN 04/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    031 WARNER CW 1245672 84 SQDN 12/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    032 WEBSTER R 1306588 84 SQDN 02/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    I expect your referring to

    HERBERT JE 1350924 84 SQDN 11/10/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    Died on the 11th per the cwgc.org site

    Leading Aircraftman HERBERT, JOHN ERNEST 1350924

    You can purchase the operations record book for october 1944 from the UK National Archives website for UKP3.50, it may expain the cause of his death.

    Some background:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._84_Squadron_RAF

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/organisation/84squadron.cfm

    http://www.84squadron.co.uk/
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    Hi Joe

    Welcome to the Forum

    can you start with giving us the name of the gentleman concerned, and any other details that you have leading up to his death in October '44 and the memorial stone in Singapore.

    cheers

    Allan
    Last edited by allan125; 10th January 2013 at 13:07. Reason: pipped to the post by Dennis who had the same idea as me!
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    The history of 84 Squadron is written up in "Scorpions Stying By Don Neate published by Air Britain.

    From the info you have given, in that he is remembered in Singapore I would say he was a POW from the 1942 campaign in Malaya or Java and died as a POW. The above book doesn't mention any deaths in Oct 1944 and the squadron was in India at the time re-equiping with the DH Mosquito FBVI. Had he died there he would have a grave in India or be remembered on a memorial there.

    The Airmans name would tell us who we are looking for and if I had that info I maybe tell you a liitle more about him fron the records in the book.

    My father flew with the unit from Oct 1944 to Feb 1946 and was the Acting C/O for the flights still in Singapore (The C/O was in Java with the flights there) in Nov - Dec 1945; then becoming the Adjutant for the remainer of his service with the Unit.

    Hope this gives you a bit of a pointer at least.

    Cheers

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    Hi thanks for reply. More info as requested,The gentlemans name was Charles William Warner, 1245672, Age 36,Date of death 12 Oct 1944 (Not 10th as I first posted). He was from Ipswich, Suffolk.

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    Hi thanks for reply. More info as requested,The gentlemans name was Charles William Warner, 1245672, Age 36,Date of death 12 Oct 1944 (Not 10th as I first posted). He was from Ipswich, Suffolk.
    Most of the info I have found has been from CWGC that puts his grave memorial referenc as Column 441 in Kranji War cemetary. Thanks for all info you have sent

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    Joe Poulson

    Hi thanks for reply. More info as requested,The gentlemans name was Charles William Warner, 1245672, Age 36,Date of death 12 Oct 1944 (Not 10th as I first posted). He was from Ipswich, Suffolk.
    Most of the info I have found has been from CWGC that puts his grave memorial referenc as Column 441 in Kranji War cemetary. Thanks for all info you have sent.
    Best regards Joe

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    Joe,

    Your friend's grandfather was taken POW on Java. He was held at a number of camps and according to the records died on a Japanese transport ship - the Maros Maru - presumably being moved to yet another camp. Brave lads.

    Regards

    Jim

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    Hi, Thats really really helpful, thank you for your input, it is very much appreciated.
    Best Regards Joe

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    Hi Joe

    Some more information for you on the Maros Maru - hope it helps


    http://www.cofepow.org.uk/pages/ships_maros_maru.htm

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