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    In a recent response to an enquiry, the RAF Air Historical Branch, under the section "From Captured German Documents", quoted from "The Death Card for Pilot Officer......." (a UK airman) .

    I presume the Death Card was included in the files (KE) captured at the end of the war but does anyone know if there was a standard layout / content for these cards?.

    Any help would be much appreciated

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    Hi Pete

    These cards are a set form which was filled out upon the death of an Allied airman. There are two types that I have seen, one is brown and the other pink. I see these very often in RCAF records. If you would like to see them, I can certainly email you a few examples I have photographed.

    Danny
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    Danny

    Thanks for your response; I would love examples if you have them. I believe my e-mail address is in my profile.

    I presume they came from the Luftgau Reports; do you know if any other documents from these files got appended to the RCAF Record?

    I have been pondering why the Canadian that I am researching has not got this information on his file, but I have recently established that he was registered as an "UNKNOWN" so that probably explains it.

    As a final question, did any of the files that you viewed contain the MRES report?

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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Just sent you some examples by email mate. These are the only German documents I see attached to the service files. As for the MRES, yes absolutely the reports, exhumations, investigations are with the service files.

    Danny
    Remembering Gunner Robert Béland (1919-2012), 5th L.A.A., R.C.A., Canadian Army, WWII

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    Danny

    E-Mail received; much appreciated.

    If the Canadian was an "UNKNOWN" I can understand why there wouldn't be a Death Card on his file, but the MRES report (which I know exists) is not with it either, which is puzzling me. Any thoughts?

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    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Is your man an early KIA? The earlier files have a tendency to not be as complete for some reason. Is it possible that the MRES reports are with a crew member's file?
    Remembering Gunner Robert Béland (1919-2012), 5th L.A.A., R.C.A., Canadian Army, WWII

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    Danny

    June 1943 was the date of the loss, so not that early really.

    He was the only RCAF crew member; all the rest were RAF, so I am having to rely on AHB to provide the information from the MRES Report (which is tortuous!)

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    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hi Pete

    OK odd that an MRES report isn't included, unless there was no evidence whatsoever on where to begin the investigation.

    Danny
    Remembering Gunner Robert Béland (1919-2012), 5th L.A.A., R.C.A., Canadian Army, WWII

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