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    Default 228 Squadron - F/O MV Wareing

    I am researching my family history and my cousin was F/O Maurice Vincent (known as Vince) Wareing number 129072 he was killed in action in 1944. Can anyone tell me or help me find where he died, how he died, and what he was flying in. I believe looking at the site that it was Coastal Command (possibly Sunderlands) but they seem to have been all over the Med and also home based. Any help, however small, would help to put the pieces together, I have photos of him and some of his insignia too. The family would only ever say he died not how or where, I dont even know where he is buried if at all. As I live in New Zealand it is hard to trace people from here.

    Thank you for anything you can help with.

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    Hello Dyan,

    glad you posted here.

    I research crashes in Ireland in world war two and M V Wareing was tragically lost in the crash:

    31 January 1944
    Short S.25 Sunderland III DW110 228 Squadron
    at or near Mullaghnadress, Cloughan, Bluestack Mtns. in County Donegal in Ireland. Seen men were killed, with five survivors.

    He was a crew member with:
    F/Lt Howard Charles Sheffield Armstrong DFC 42383 +
    F/O Maurice Vincent Wareing 129072 +
    F/Lt Maurice Leonard Gillingham 104369 +
    F/O Joseph George Trull 128117 DIS
    W/O John 'Tubby' Bruce Richardson 523921
    Sgt C S Hobbs 1644857
    Sgt Cyril Robinson Greenwood 1129218 +
    F/Sgt Frederick George Green R/184005 RCAF +
    Sgt John Ernest Parsons 1315937 +
    Sgt Frederick Tom Copp 614970 +
    Sgt 'Jim' James Kenneth Gilchrist 1338328
    F/Sgt A 'Jim' Gowens 1055929

    Those men with + beside their names were kiled in the crash. if you email me at

    dp_burke@yahoo.com

    I can send you at least one article about the crash and I might be able to put you in contact with locals in the area who have rasied a memorial at the site. I believe that Jim Gilchrist may have died only in the last year.

    I should also have copies of documents from the service records of the Royal Canadian air force airman that give some insite. The locals in Donegal and the surrounding area have made great efforts to remember these men.

    Check out their website
    http://www.finnvalley.ie/glenfin/other/planecrash/index.html

    I hope I can be of help. We will help you as much as we can. I can place you in contact with the squadron association and pass on addresses to you for official records.

    with best regards

    Dennis Burke
    Dublin, Ireland

    www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/crashes.htm
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Dyan, The following maybe of use, from the London Gazette, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and a Google search of 228 Sqn:
    Air Ministry, 6th October, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Ldg. Acm.
    10th July 1942.
    1214671 Maurice Vincent WAREING (129072).

    Air Ministry, 7th May, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs.):
    M. V. WAREING (129072). 10th Jan. 1943.


    The Commonwealth War Graves site lists him as a pilot with 228 Sqn who died on 31 Jan 44 and is buried in ERDINGTON (SS. THOMAS AND EDMUND OF CANTERBURY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, which is in the Birmingham area.

    228 Sqn was flying Sunderlands from Pembroke Dock
    Regards, Terry

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    Per the CWGC site
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2714450

    He is buried at
    Row AC. Grave 14.
    Cemetery: ERDINGTON (SS. THOMAS AND EDMUND OF CANTERBURY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY

    Erdington is some miles north of Birmingham its seems,

    You might want to contact the church there maybe:
    http://abbey.erdington.org/

    regards

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Default Thank you so much

    Now I know - I will email you and get the info you have. I am in tears at the moment, I have for years wondered what happened to him. No one in the family would tal about it, we also know he had a brother Thomas who died in 1941 he was with the RAF too but I have to research him and also Robert who was a prisoner of war in L1 - now I know why my aunt was so "odd" to loose two boys and one son as a POW cousin Bob was never the same again.

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    Default M V Wareing

    Glad to be of help and apologies if its upsetting. The details in these cases are never plesent reading but at least the airmen are remembered.

    I've found some old phone numbers of some of the local rambling club so I'll check those out for you.

    Its 3am here so I'll sign off for a few hours.

    best regards
    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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