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    Default Lt. S Saunders, 543612V SAAF, killed 25/05/44?

    Hello everyone

    Can anyone give any further info on the above SAAF Lieutenant, service number 543612V, killed on May 25th 1944 aged 27, and buried in Bari War Cemetery?

    The CWGC website has no Christian name or unit...so not much to go one.

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    Hello,

    "The 22nd and 23rd (May 1944), saw another double strike against roads at Ferentino. On the 24th, roads around Valmontone were the target and one aircraft failed to return, the crew baled out near San Severo, two of the crew, Lt S Saunders and 1315214 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) David John Davies RAFVR* being killed."

    See:
    Wise Without Eyes:37 Squadron Royal Air Force 1939 - 1945.
    Mears,Kevin
    Aldridge:Hooded Falcon Pubs.,2005.
    pp.230 & 292.

    * Buried Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy.

    Others should be able to fill the gaps.

    Col.
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    Many thanks indeed Col. Oddly enough I do actually have a copy of 'Wise Without Eyes' sitting on my desk, but without knowing the unit it wasn't much use!

    So that would be a Wellington X? Can anyone fill in the aircraft involved and his Christian name at all?

    Simon

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    Hi,

    The SAAF Documentation Centre has a website.

    They say they have personnel records dating back to 1912.

    Well worth a try.

    Contact address : sandfdoc<at>mweb.co.za (replace <at> with the usual).

    I hope this helps.
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    Thanks for the link. I've dropped them an e-mail, so hopefully they might have something.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Well, the South African National Defence Force came up trumps, and they've sent me Lt Saunders service records. He had an interesting life:

    Stanley Saunders was born on December 1st 1913; his next of kin is listed as his father, Frederick Saunders, of Allendale, Northumberland. He was a Trooper in the Northumberland Hussars from 1931 to 1936, then became a policeman in the Palestine Police Force until 1941, where he was awarded the GSM.
    He joined the Air Force in May 1942 as an Air Mechanic at 100 Air School from May 5th 1942, and then did an Air Observers Course in August 1942 at 75, 48 & 66 Air Schools.
    He was posted to 37 Sqn SAAF in March 1944, and is listed a KIA on May 25th 1944, as 'Casualty to Aircraft'.
    He spoke English, French and Arabic.

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    Just tidying up a few loose ends in my files - can anyone ID the aircraft (Wellington...?) involved in the loss of Saunders and Davies?

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    Simon

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    RAF.Org Casualties has the other fatality, D.J. Davies, as probably killed in Wellington Mk X JA522.

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    Thanks for that AngelsOneFive, much appreciated.

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    Simon

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