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    Default POW - W. H. Gordon - 1942

    L.S.,

    Do have photo with three POW's - taken 27 Dec 1942 at M-Stammlager Luft 3
    ( photo via Doug Donaldson, son )

    Sgt. Douglas Brown Donaldson;
    W. H. Gordon, Taplow, Bucks.; <<< likely a pilot ... wearing "full wing"
    F. E. Barnett, Market Drayton, Shropshire;

    Donaldson and Barnett are known to me .... any info around for W. H. GORDON , Taplow, Buckinghamshire

    Camp L6 - POW No.316 - 1304324 - D. B. Donaldson - RAF - 78 Squadron - Halifax Mk.II W1067 - 26 Jun 1942
    Camp 357 - POW No.302 - 1180201 - F. E. Barnett - RAF - 103 Squadron - DV818 - 22 Jun 1942
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    W. H. GORDON not listed in Ross's PoW listing, are the initials correct ?

    Regards,

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    L.S.,

    Solved ... after I received a scan of the writing on the back of original photo.

    It's W. H. JORDAN !!!!!

    357 506 Jordan W H 742138 RAF
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    Pats,
    Looks like it would be Sgt. W H Jordan, 15 Squadron, Wellington Ic LS-H, 10/11 Feb 1941.

    Cheers,
    Bill.

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    Hi Bill,

    That's what I found out too.
    He's wearing a "full wing" on the photo taken at Stalag Luft 3

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    Crew: Wellington Mk.IC. T2702 LS-H - 10 Feb 1941 - Mission: Hannover
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    742039 - Sgt. - Pilot - W. R. Garrioch - RAFVR - Age .. - POW
    742138 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer / Co-Pilot - W. H. Jordan - RAFVR - Age .. - POW
    751981 - Sgt. - Navigator - R. F. Beioley - RAFVR - Age .. - POW
    40791 - Sgt. - Flt. Engineer - H. G. Hedge - RNZAF - Age .. - POW
    967118 - Sgt. - W.Operator / Air Gunner - G. Reardon - RAFVR - Age 19 - KIA
    528364 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - J. Hall - RAFVR - Age .. - POW
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    742138 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer / Co-Pilot - William Hansford Jordan - RAFVR - Age .. - POW
    Sgt. W. H. Jordan in Camps L1/L3/L6/357, POW No. 506

    See also at my web page: www.teunispats.net/t943.htm .... and beyond
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    Hi, I have found this forum by chance while looking up anything I could find out about my father in WW2. He was Sgt William Hansford Jordan. He would have been 22 in 1942. He was the 2nd pilot on that occasion. I don't have much information although I do have his wartime log book. Which does have photos in it while he was in the POW camps. He sadly passed away in 1975 aged 57 from Cancer.
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    L.S.,

    Do have photo with three POW's - taken 27 Dec 1942 at M-Stammlager Luft 3
    ( photo via Doug Donaldson, son )

    Sgt. Douglas Brown Donaldson;
    W. H. Gordon, Taplow, Bucks.; <<< likely a pilot ... wearing "full wing"
    F. E. Barnett, Market Drayton, Shropshire;

    Donaldson and Barnett are known to me .... any info around for W. H. GORDON , Taplow, Buckinghamshire

    Camp L6 - POW No.316 - 1304324 - D. B. Donaldson - RAF - 78 Squadron - Halifax Mk.II W1067 - 26 Jun 1942
    Camp 357 - POW No.302 - 1180201 - F. E. Barnett - RAF - 103 Squadron - DV818 - 22 Jun 1942

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    Sarah,

    Welcome to the site.

    Your Father suffered the same as mine, the difference being my Father went to Stalag IXc at Bad Sulza rather that Barth, but otherwise everything would be the same. My Father died in 76 from Cancer. Their life styles cannot have been conducive to an extended age. The early prisoners soon filled the Army camps and proved themselves a nuisance so were moved to a purpose built camps for aircrew at SL 3, Sagan and then to SL 6, a purpose built camp for the NCO's. If your Father then went to Stalag 357, as the majority did then he was spared from some of the long marches, not that 357 was a holiday camp.

    Have you read 'The Sergeant Escapers' by John Dominy. Dixie Deans and Ron Mogg followed the same route as your Father. John Dominy is Ron Mogg. Do you have your Fathers Liberation Questionnaire? I would be interested to see what you do have.

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    There is at least one error in the crew list of this Wellington. The RNZAF "Flight engineer" aboard this aircraft had embarked in NZ on 14/9/40 as a wireless operator (NOT aircrew) so it is much more likely that he volunteered for flying duties once in UK and would have graduated as a W/Opr A/G. Flight engineers were always recruited from exisiting technical tradesmen, usually Fitter IIAs, sometimes Flight mechanics. However flight engineers were never assigned to Bomber Command Wellington, and it was not until about mid-1942 that such tradesmen were introduced on four-engined bombers only (Stirling, Halifax, Lancaster) in the command. As these crew lists often do not include the actual duty of each crew member, such mistakes or question marks as to who did what are very common.
    Also I have never heard of a 2nd pilot/air bomber on Welllingtons, or any other RAF bomber for that matter. More likely he was the 2nd pilot, or the front gunner. Aiming the bombs was the duty of the air observer (presume the man named as navigator).
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    Hi Sarah,

    Good to see this reply.

    See: http://www.teunispats.net/t943.htm and beyond

    David Duxbury, ...... I changed the ranks since my post of 8 aug 2012
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