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    Hi all,

    I have two airmen who were lost in May 1944 and may be part of the same crew, they are as follows:

    Sgt Leslie John Carey - 1298815 - lost 8/5/44
    F/L Gordon Wallace Williams - 118554 - lost 8/5/44

    Both buried in Bucharest War Cemtery, as usual any information is welcomed.

    Thank you.

    Steve S

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    Hello,

    7/8 May 1944
    No.40 sqn
    Wellington X ME878 'X'
    Op: Bucharest.

    Hit by flak soon after bombing. The rear gunner baled out at very low level. A/c. crashed at Vartoapele, 11km S of Belciug, Romania. The dead are buried in Bucharest War cemetery.

    118554 F/Lt (Pilot) Gordon Wallace WILLIAMS DFC RAFVR +
    R/141415 W/O (Nav.) Leslie Frederick DUTTON RCAF +
    1393275 Flt/Sgt (Air Bomber) Frederick William Arthur HEAD RAFVR +
    1298815 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Leslie John CAREY* RAFVR +
    120174 F/O (Air Gnr.) Horace Douglas CALVERT RAFVR - PoW

    See:
    Sweeping the Skies:A History of No.40 squadron, RFC and RAF, 1916-56.
    Gunby,David
    Bishop Auckland:Pentland Press,1991
    pp.264 & 376

    * Sgt Carey lost a brother, P/MX 63625 LSA. Daniel Arthur Basil CAREY RN., on 24-5-1941. He was aboard the HMS HOOD.

    Col.
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    I was in correspondence with Douglas Calvert not long before his death, and he told me that he was posted to 40 in September 1943 as Gunnery Leader, after tours as a gunner on Coastal Command Hudsons and Catalinas, and since he was essentially a 'spare bod' flew with various crews. He got out of the crashing Wellington at less than a 1,000 feet.

    David

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    Hi Col,

    Thanks once again for the relevant information, record updated, cheers. Is the History of No.40 Sqd still available, tried Amazon but it was unavailable.

    Steve S

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    Hello Steve,

    Via Bookfinder copies are still around (in Australia and Canada) but you had better be sat down - 148 and 118 respectively.

    Regards,

    Ian

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    I've been thinking of republishing, in a revised edition.

    David

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    Will it be a cheaper edition ;-)
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    I wouldn't be able to show my face if it weren't.

    David

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