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    431129 - Unaccounted Airmen - 29-11-1943

    From Henk's list -

    ALGERIA
    WALKER, Jack - LAC - 1125258 - RAFVR - El Alia, Algeria.

    EGYPT
    WILLIAMS, Percy G(?) - Cpl - 363502 - RAF - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

    ISRAEL
    GRAINGER, Norman Edward - LAC - 1215141 - RAFVR - Ramleh, Israel & Palestine.

    LIBYA
    OLIVER, Thomas Peter Treleaven - F/S (Pilot) - 1094666 - RAFVR - Tripoli, Libya.

    UK
    HALEY, John - AC1 - 1666808 - RAFVR - Leebotwood (St. Mary), Shropshire.
    JONES, Leonard - Sgt (Pilot) - 933252 - RAFVR - Gunnersbury, Middlesex.
    LEES, Wilfred - AC1 - 1020105 - RAFVR - Oldham (Greenacres), Lancashire.
    THOMSON, William C - F/S (Pilot) - 1368472 - RAFVR - Cambridge City, Cambridgeshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    UK
    BAILES, Ronald - F/O (Pilot) - 134539 - RAFVR - Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire. [ Beaufighter Ic - T4781 - 2(C) OTU ].
    NORTON, Dennis - F/S (Pilot) - 1435354 - RAFVR - Hanging Heaton (St. Paul), Yorkshire. [ Boston IIIa - BZ298 - 13 OTU ].
    RATHBONE, George Arthur Henry - Sgt (Nav U/T) - 1393584 - RAFVR - Mortlake, Surrey.[ Boston IIIa - BZ298 - 13 OTU ].
    WHITE, Kenneth - AC2c(Pilot U/T) - 1459380 - RAFVR - Shipley (Nab Wood ), Yorkshire.

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    ALGERIA
    WALKER, Jack - LAC - serving at 351 MU.

    EGYPT
    WILLIAMS, Percy G(?) - Cpl - not listed in GRO lists.

    ISRAEL
    GRAINGER, Norman Edward - LAC - serving at Petah Tiqva.

    LIBYA
    OLIVER, Thomas Peter Treleaven - F/S (Pilot) - possibly killed whilst flying in Baltimore V, FW307 of No 2 ADU, which exploded after bouncing and tipping up on landing at Castel Benito.

    UK
    HALEY, John - AC1 - registered in Ely (RAF Hospital?).
    JONES, Leonard - Sgt (Pilot) - killed whilst flying in Hurricane I, Z7083 of No 59 OTU, which spun into the ground out of formation at Milfield.
    LEES, Wilfred - AC1 - registered in Oldham
    THOMSON, William C - F/S (Pilot) - possibly killed whilst flying in Beaufighter IF, R2249 of No 51 OTU, which crashed on the approach to Cranfield following an engine failure.
    BAILES, Ronald - F/O (Pilot) - registered in Howden so possibly Beaufighter Ic - T4781 - 2(C) OTU.
    NORTON, Dennis - F/S (Pilot) - registered in North Bucks
    RATHBONE, George Arthur Henry - Sgt (Nav U/T) - registered in North Bucks
    WHITE, Kenneth - AC2 (Pilot U/T) - registered in Uxbridge (RAF Hospital?).

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    ALGERIA
    WALKER, Jack - LAC - 1125258 - the Yorkshire Evening Post of December 11th 1943 reported the following:

    L.A.C. Jack Walker, whose parents live in Cragside Walk, Leeds, has been killed in an accident in North Africa. He was previously employed by Shell Mex, Goodman Street.

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    OLIVER, Thomas Peter Treleaven - F/S (Pilot) - possibly killed whilst flying in Baltimore V, FW307 of No 2 ADU, which exploded after bouncing and tipping up on landing at Castel Benito.
    confirmed on page: https://www.wwwmp.co.uk/pembrokeshir...-war-memorial/

    BAILES, Ronald - F/O (Pilot) - registered in Howden so possibly Beaufighter Ic - T4781 - 2(C) OTU.
    confirmed on this page: http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...k43/t4781.html

    THOMSON, William C - F/S (Pilot) - possibly killed whilst flying in Beaufighter IF, R2249 of No 51 OTU, which crashed on the approach to Cranfield following an engine failure.
    confirmed on this page: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=161250

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    What is the cause of death of these 62 Sqdn Casualities from 29 Nov 1943?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...ate=1943-11-29
    Warrant Officer Claude Henry BERE (515790)
    Leading Aircraftman James GRAVESON (611159)
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Vincent Thomas SHAW (1019586)
    Leading Aircraftman Donald SMITH (972275)
    Corporal John Walter STEDMAN (625564)
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Harold UTTING (1208373)
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Allan Noel Cliffe WALTON (1023094)

    All commemorated on Singapore Memorial


    EDIT: found my answer - they were POWS on the "Suez Maru" that was sunk in java by the US Submarine Bonefish off the north coast of Bali. Part of the 219 other casualties commemorated on the Singapore memorial on that day

    Suez Maru from WW2talk.com

    On the islands of Ambon and Hasuku in the Moluccas, Allied prisoners were dying daily through starvation, disease and beatings by their guards. In the past six months almost 400 had died and around 700 were too sick to work. The Japanese then decided to send the sick back to Java. A total of 640 men, including a number of Japanese sick patients, were taken on board the 4,645-ton passenger-cargo ship Suez Maru. In two holds, 422 sick British (including 221 RAF servicemen) and 127 sick Dutch prisoners, including up to twenty stretcher cases, were accommodated. The Japanese patients filled the other two holds.

    Escorted by a minesweeper W-12, the Suez Maru set sail from Port Amboina but while entering the Java Sea and about 327 kilometres east of Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies, the vessel was torpedoed by the American submarine USS Bonefish commanded by Cdr. Tom Hogan. The ship started to list as water poured into the holds drowning hundreds. Hundreds more, Allied and Japanese, managed to escape the holds and were struggling in the water. The Japanese mine sweeper W-12 started to pick up survivors, but only their own nationals, leaving the British captives behind. Between 200 and 250 men were floating in the sea. The minesweeper then made several slow circles around the survivors and minutes later machine-gun and rifle fire were directed towards the defenceless swimmers. Empty rafts and lifeboats were then rammed and sunk by the W-12. The minesweeper then picked up speed and sped off towards Batavia (Jakarta). They had rescued 93 Japanese soldiers and crewmen and 205 Japanese sick patients. Sixty-nine Japanese had died during the attack. Back at the site of the sinking only floating wreckage and an oil spill was all that was left of the Suez Maru. Of the 547 British and Dutch prisoners, there was only one survivor, a British soldier, Kenneth Thomas, who was picked up twenty-four hours later by the Australian minesweeper HMAS Ballarat. After the war the perpetrators of this crime were traced and arrested but later the decision was taken not to prosecute and the accused were released. In 2008, BBC investigative news reporter Mike Thompson approached a defence counsel of the International Criminal Court in the Hague whether the case could still be tried.
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