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    Default Sergeant Jerome Goss (1081034) - 40 Squadron

    Sergeant Jerome Aidan Patrick Goss (1081034) was killed, aged 18, on 4 July 1942 while serving with 40 Squadron RAF. He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt.

    Does anyone have details of what led to his death?

    Heres hoping......!

    Gerry

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    Hello,

    3/4 July 1942
    No.40 Sqn
    Wellington IC HF914 'G'
    Target: Tank Repair Depot, Mersa Matruh.

    Hit by flak on the bombing run and went down in flames.

    1375028 Sgt (1st. Pilot) Willam Edward DWYER RAFVR +
    1377730 Sgt (2nd. Pilot) Sydney Ronald BURFORD RAFVR +
    1382002 Sgt (Obs.) William Frederick LEFEVRE RAFVR +
    1060660 Sgt (W.Op.) Anthony Leo POTTS RAFVR +
    1177904 Sgt (Air Gnr.) William Thomas BALCHIN RAFVR +
    1081034 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Jerome Aiden Patrick GOSS RAFVR +

    All commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    Generally these attacks were made with other squadrons, but on 3 July (1942), 40 (Squadron), operated on its own, attacking a Tank Repair Shop at Mersa Matruh. By flares dropped by FAA Albacores, eleven aircraft located and attacked the Depot. Flak and searchlights were encountered, and one aircraft (Sgt W E Dwyer), was shot down in flames.

    See:
    Sweeping The Skies:A History of No.40 Squadron, RFC and RAF, 1916-56.
    Gunby,David.
    Bishop Auckland:Pentland Press,1995.
    pp.203 & 362.

    Col.
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    I can add a little more. Sgt Dwyer and his crew were one of several transferred to 40 Squadron from 38 Squadron when the latter converted to an anti-shipping role. It is not clear why each of these transfers were made, but I do know that in one case the crew was near to completing its tour, and it was not felt worthwhile to train them for the new role when they would fly so few ops before being tour-expired.

    About a decade ago, I was contacted by a relative of Sgt Potts (name lost I am afraid), who gave me the original of the letter of condolence written by WIng Commander R E (Dick) Ridgway, CO of 40 Squadron, to Sgt Potts's father, Mr. C Potts, at 7 Stratford Grove Terrace, Newcastle-on-Tyne. The only piece of information which emerges from what is a very good but, as almost always, somewhat formulaic letter is that the Dwyer crew had been with 40 Squadron 'barely a fortnight'.

    David

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    Default Sergeant Jerome Goss (1081034) - 40 Squadron

    Col,
    Many thanks. "Romey" Goss joined up in Belfast at the same time as my Father in Law. Although we knew he'd been killed we didn't know the circs. We can put that to bed now!
    Cheers
    Gerry

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