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    Default 440308 - Unaccounted Airmen - 8-3-1944

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    440308 - Unaccounted Airmen - 8-3-1944

    From Henk's list -

    EGYPT
    HILL, Charles (Charles Frederick - CWGC)- Cpl - 1138447 - RAFVR - Fayid, Egypt.

    Republic of IRELAND
    GOUGH, Gerrard - F/L - 108865 - RAFVR - Inchicore (Golden Bridge), Republic of Ireland.

    ITALY
    SUGDEN, Harold - LAC - 543086 - RAF - Sangro River, Italy. [CWGC - 80 Sqdn).

    LIBYA
    WILLIS, John Charles - Sgt (Pilot) - 1621067 - RAFVR - Tripoli, Libya.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    BANGLADESH
    JONES, Albert Thomas Leslie - AC1c - 1444524 - RAFVR - Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    INDIA
    STRAWBRIDGE, Robert James - LAC - 1318503 - RAFVR - Calcutta (Bhowanipore), Kolkata, India.

    UK
    BELL, Joseph William - Sgt (Pilot) - 1495200 - RAFVR - Darlington North, Durham.

    USA
    DURSTON, John Reginald - LAC - 1605740 - RAFVR - Mesa City, Arizona, USA.

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    EGYPT
    HILL, Charles (Charles Frederick - CWGC)- Cpl - serving with 2 TARU.

    Republic of IRELAND
    GOUGH, Gerrard - F/L - not Eng/Wales?.

    LIBYA
    WILLIS, John Charles - Sgt (Pilot) - probably killed whilst flying in Hurricane IV, LB647 of No 2 ADU, which flew into the ground near Tarhuna in Italy in bad weather.

    BANGLADESH
    JONES, Albert Thomas Leslie - AC1 - serving with 175 Wing.

    INDIA
    STRAWBRIDGE, Robert James - LAC - serving with 'B' Flt, 22 AACU.

    UK
    BELL, Joseph William - Sgt (Pilot) - killed whilst flying in Hurricane I, W9209 of No 63 OTU, which crashed near Kenilworth.

    USA
    DURSTON, John Reginald - LAC - serving at 4 BFTS.

    Malcolm

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    EGYPT
    HILL, Charles (Charles Frederick - CWGC)- Cpl - serving with 2 TARU.

    Republic of IRELAND
    GOUGH, Gerrard - F/L - not Eng/Wales?.

    LIBYA
    WILLIS, John Charles - Sgt (Pilot) - probably killed whilst flying in Hurricane IV, LB647 of No 2 ADU, which flew into the ground near Tarhuna in Italy in bad weather.

    BANGLADESH
    JONES, Albert Thomas Leslie - AC1 - serving with 175 Wing.

    INDIA
    STRAWBRIDGE, Robert James - LAC - serving with 'B' Flt, 22 AACU.

    UK
    BELL, Joseph William - Sgt (Pilot) - killed whilst flying in Hurricane I, W9209 of No 63 OTU, which crashed near Kenilworth.

    USA
    DURSTON, John Reginald - LAC - serving at 4 BFTS

    Malcolm

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolm_raf View Post
    INDIA
    STRAWBRIDGE, Robert James - LAC - serving with 'B' Flt, 22 AACU.
    Very likely this
    B Flight of 22 AACU, Target Towing Vengeance AP132 crashed at Tollygunge, Calcutta, killing a number of civilians. Cause - petrol leak in front cockpit. The pilot baled out, but the passenger remained with the aircraft and was killed. The aircraft was completely burnt out.
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    F/Lt Gough died of natural causes in Belfast Emergency Hospital
    He was ADMINISTRATIVE AND.SPECIAL DUTIES BRANCH. ON his 1924 Irish wedding cert he is listed as being a 'Soldier'.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Default Re: 440308 - Unaccounted Airmen - 8-3-1944

    Robert James Strawbridge was my Mothers Brother and I am looking for as much information as I can about him,My Mother is in her Nineties and would like to visit his grave as no family member has been. I was named after him and also feel a strong need to visit as well.Finding this thread about him has given us such hope.Many thanks and if there is any more that you can add to this it would be so appreciated
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    Very likely this

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    Default Re: 440308 - Unaccounted Airmen - 8-3-1944

    Hi

    Gough - He was serving in Ayr but died in the Belfast General Hospital, Ballydollaghan from a malignant cerebral tumour.

    Malcolm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robertherrod View Post
    Robert James Strawbridge was my Mothers Brother and I am looking for as much information as I can about him,

    Hi Rob,

    On our site his page is here http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?qnum=43760 As mentioned he was lost in the Vengeance Crash.
    Really cannot add much - the original ORB notes do not include either crew name - its only by matching unit and the description of a British OR losing his life that we concluded its your uncle.

    22 AACU stands for No.22 Anti Aircraft Co-Operation Unit, a large unit based in India at Drigh Road in Karachi, but with multiple flights spread out all over. In this case B Flight was operating at Calcutta when the Vengeance was lost.

    you can find some information about the unit here http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/10679.php

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    Many thanks ,I will keep looking

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