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    Hi,

    Sorry this may be a bit off board but I was hoping a forum member may be able to point me in the right direction. I am researching a relative who was killed on 21 May 1945 serving with 200 Special Duties Flight RAAF.

    What I have found out so far is W/O. Ralph Proudlock was killed flying an operation with the above unit in B24 Liberator (A72-177) crashing either in or off the coast of north Borneo on or about 21 May 1945.

    I would like to obtain a copy of his service record and a copy of the ORB for 200 Flight. Normally these have been digitised on the NAA, ie his brother George Lackenby Proudlock has for instance but his does not seem to have been. How would I go about obtaining either a copy of the ORB or his service record. By the way, Ralph, although born in the UK was by then an Australian citizen and serving with the RAAF.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Russ

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    Hi Russ

    Some one else on here may correct me, but if his RAAF Service Record file hasn't been digitised, you can pay to have it done. It's $15 AUS according to this page:

    http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/service-records/raaf.aspx

    This is Proudlock's:

    http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=1077433

    If you click on Request Copy, you can choose an online copy. Assuming it's been cleared for release, of course!

    Cheers

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 5th March 2013 at 11:30. Reason: typo

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    Hello,

    No.200 Flight RAAF ORB, here:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=1359536

    See: p.33 of 102.

    Not very informative.

    The full crew were:

    411761 F/L (Pilot) Keith Roy Norman EMMETT RAAF +
    422755 F/L (2nd Pilot) Ernest Frederick THEYER RAAF +
    418101 F/L (Nav.) John Oswald GRAHAM RAAF +
    120044 F/O (Air Bomber) Reginald Lee TAYLOR RAAF +
    71522 Sgt (F/Eng.) Lawrence James STARR RAAF +
    421421 F/L (W.Op.) Rodney Nelson WALKER RAAF +
    420488 W/O (W.Op.) Ralph PROUDLOCK RAAF +
    421295 W/O (W.Op.) Phillip Hector CORMACK RAAF +
    14791 W/O (Air Gnr.[MUG]) Ernest Travers SHORTER RAAF +
    5312 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.[Tail]) Owen William John DAVERN RAAF +
    424011 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.[Nose]) John Colin William ANDERSON RAAF +
    Pass. NX201540 Pte Kenneth Lloyd HARDIE 'Z' Special Unit +
    Pass. VX4326 Lt Leslie Alec McLAREN 'Z' Special Unit +
    Pass. VX85284 Capt Thomas Ivanhoe ELTHAM MiD 'Z' Special Unit +

    All buried Labuan War Cemetery.

    For Proudlock, See:
    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P07380.001

    For Starr, See;
    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P07232.001

    Col.
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    Thanks for that Simon and Col,

    very much appreciated!

    Russ

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    Hi Russ,

    I have the book 'Tocumwal to Tarakan' by Michael V Nelmes. The only mention is on page 133 where he states Also, A72-177 was lost on or about 21 May with the crew of F/L Keith Emmitt and Z Special personnel. Records state variously that the aircraft was lost at sea east of Marudu Bay or Labuk Bay, north Borneo; or that it came down on land and hit a tree, and that all bodies were recovered. As they are all buried in Labuan War Cemetery it would seem most likely that the last version is the correct one.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Hello,

    Here are the facts:

    On 21-5-1945, No.200 Flight Liberator A72-177, struck a tree whilst on operations (AGAS 2), in the NWPA area.

    The aircraft crashed and caught fire 2m W of Malubang Village, British North Borneo, in position 06.58N:117.07E. The area where the crash occurred was in open country. VB121492 Major Robert George Patrick (Nicholson) COMBE (SRD) AMF, witnessed the crash and as soon as possible made a thorough search and identified remains of 8 or 9 bodies, only the tail gunner (Davern), was positively identified at the time. The remains recovered, which were burnt beyond recognition, were buried in the vicinity of the crash. The graves were marked with wooden crosses.

    The original place of burial was quoted as Labuk Bay, 1:250000 MR 46881663. BNB., and took place on 21-5-1945. The remains of the crew were reinterred at Labuan War Cemetery, on 12-12-1945, and the NOK were notified of the fact, on 15-1-1946.

    Major Combe's report can be viewed here:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=7127233

    See: pp.30-33 of 72.

    Also consult:

    http://www.ozatwar.com/200flight.htm

    Col.
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    Thanks again Col for taking the time over this.

    The family didn't know that the studio photo existed!

    Cheers again,

    Russ

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    I am Ralph Proudlock's daughter, Susan, and have information which may be of interest to you. Is RussG a Proudlock family member?

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    Russ/Susan,

    I have the following in my file on 420488 Ralph PROUDLOCK RAAF:

    Arrived in Melbourne on 30/6/1927, aboard the Hobsons Bay, accompanied by; George , John, Mary and William PROUDLOCK. Ralph's Father, John Rodgerson PROUDLOCK, had preceded his family to Australia, arriving at Melbourne aboard the Jervis Bay, on 12/8/1926, along with; Allan, Charles, John and Sarah PROUDLOCK.

    Corrections welcomed.

    Col.

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    Hi Sue,

    Ralph would have been my fathers second cousin.

    And thanks Col.

    Russ

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