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    There are 13 graves in the Ramleh War Cemetery all dated 2/8/1945. Does anyone know the details of their loss.

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    Malcoms's rafweb seems to indicate Liberator VIII KN826 as being the likely cause.
    HTH
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    I refer to 'Price of Peace' by Colin Cummings. KN826 Liberator V111 Ferry Command Lydda. The a/c took off en route to India with a reinforcement of aircrew but immediately lost height and struck the ground being destroyed by fire.
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    Ocean Bridge by Carl Christie lists this aircraft under its Ferry losses,

    He gives a crew/pax list and also that two unidentified casualties were on board. I am workign through the Ocean bridge appendix and had come up with this list:

    The units listed in brackets are those given in the General Register Office list of overseas RAF war dead.
    571 indicates that the name appears in RAF Casualty List 571 in Flight magazines

    3 Aug. 45
    Liberator KN826
    F/O Kenneth Hugh Leslie Houghton, RAF Pilot (6 Ferry Unit) KOAS 571
    F/O Stanley Albert Bennett, RAF Pilot (45 Group) KOAS 571
    F/L James Alexander Sprigge Pilot (5 OTU (45 Group)) KOAS 571
    Sgt E. F. Rogers, RAF Nav (45 Group) KOAS 571
    Sgt R.R. Gibson RO (HQ Malta) KOAS 571
    Sgt M.A. Hammond RO (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Dennis Gordon Longhurst, RAF AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Robert Reade Milligan, RAF AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Terence Phillip Pipe, RAF AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt W.F. Reeks AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Ralph Meanley, RAF FE (No GRO Unit) KOAS 571
    Sgt Lloyd Russell Hollett, RAF (5 OTU) ?? KOAS 571
    F/O Allister Maycock 162989 (RAF Lydda) ?? KOAS 571
    Two more unidentified casualties
    Crashed on takeoff, Lydda, Palestine

    --->Sgt Thomas Alban Cyril Jenkins (86 Sqn) ?? DOAS; unit as per the GRO RAF war dead, however DOAS does not suit unless killed on the ground

    --->LAC Ronald Ogden (RAF Lydda) ?? DOAS; unit as per the GRO RAF war dead, however DOAS does not suit unless killed on the ground

    I'm suggesting above that Maycock and Hollett were on the aircraft.
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    Hello,

    Possibly aboard KN826: 14626715 L/Sgt Fred WOOLLEY 2nd Bn., N Staffordshire Regt. + 2-8-1945. Ramleh War Cemetery 7.B.2.

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    Thank you gentlemen for a full & prompt response.

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    Was just reviewing this due to new thread on ww2talk, and looking over the GRO deaths index and the new scans of files on CWGC, the units and trades are ammended a bit. Also realized searching on t'internet the 5 OTU is RCAF 5 OTU.

    F/O Kenneth Hugh Leslie Houghton, RAF Pilot (6 Ferry Unit) KOAS 571
    F/O Stanley Albert Bennett, RAF Pilot (45 Group) KOAS 571
    F/L James Alexander Sprigge Pilot (5 OTU (45 Group)) KOAS 571
    Sgt E. F. Rogers, RAF Nav (45 Group) KOAS 571
    Sgt Ralph Meanley, RAF F/Eng(6 Ferry Unit) KOAS 571


    Sgt M.A. Hammond A/G (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Dennis Gordon Longhurst, RAF AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Robert Reade Milligan, RAF WOp/AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Terence Phillip Pipe, RAF AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt W.F. Reeks AG (5 OTU) KOAS 571
    Sgt Lloyd Russell Hollett, RAF (Air Bomber) (5 OTU) ?? KOAS 571

    F/O Allister Maycock 162989 (Instructor) (RAF Lydda) ?? KOAS 571
    Sgt R.R. Gibson WO/AG (HQ Malta) KOAS 571

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    Hello

    A little more info on F/O Kenneth Hugh Leslie Houghton, D.F.M. and Bar.

    His D.F.M. was gazetted on November 22nd 1940:

    HOUGHTON, Kenneth Leslie Hugh, 580451 Sergeant, 83 Sqn
    Air Observer
    Air 2/8856
    This N.C.O. has carried out a total of 32 operational flights against the enemy during the course of which he has completed 203 hours flying as a Navigator/Bomb Aimer of Air Gunner. Amongst other notable operations, he was the navigator of the leading aircraft in low-level attacks against oil refineries at Leuna, a low-level attack against the Dortmund-Ems Canal during which the electrical lead of the intercom was shot away, and two attacks on Berlin. Throughout his operations, Sergeant Houghton has displayed outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty and his enthusiasm for operations has been an outstanding example to other Sergeant Observers in his squadron. Strongly recommended for the award of the D.F.M.
    27th September 1940.

    And his Bar was gazetted on September 1st 1942:

    HOUGHTON, Kenneth Hugh Leslie, D.F.M. 580451 Flight Sergeant,
    No.207 Sqn. (BAR to D.F.M. - Immediate).
    Air Observer.
    Air 2/4891.
    Flight Sergeant Houghton was the Observer in Manchester aircraft L. 7373 which was ordered to bomb Cologne on 13th October, 1941. The 4,000 lb. bomb which was carried was seen to burst in
    the North West area of the town. Shortly afterwards and when at 16,000, the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and set on fire. All the lights in the aircraft failed and the interior was filled with dense suffocating smoke and fumes. It was therefore with great difficulty that Flight Sergeant Houghton was able to escape through the Bomb Aimer's compartment and bail out. He in fact lost consciousness shortly after pulling the rip-cord. He recovered and landed in a forest of young trees at 05.00 hours at about 30 kilometres from Hasselt in Belgium. Flight Sergeant Houghton destroyed all secret matter in his possession and set off, determined to escape to Switzerland despite the fact that he carried no purse and no escape kit and his knowledge of French was very slight. He succeeded in making his escape and bringing back valuable information concerning a number of industrial undertakings. Flight Sergeant Houghton showed great initiative, courage and resolution which enabled him to make his escape in the face of exceedingly difficult circumstances.
    9th August, 1942.

    Regards

    Simon

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