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    Default Wellington XIV HF143, 179 Sqn, lost 24/06/44?

    Hello everyone

    Has anyone any details for the above loss please, on June 24th 1944?

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    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    I Found 5 possible losses for that date with 179 sq

    GASSER, ARTHUR JAMES

    Rank:
    Flight Sergeant
    Service No:
    1320008
    Date of Death:
    24/06/1944
    Age:
    21
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    179 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference
    Panel 217.
    Memorial
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Thomas James Gasser and Mabel Kathleen Gasser, of Winchester.
    HARTLEY, RUSSELL STRETTON

    Rank:
    Flight Sergeant
    Service No:
    1384375
    Date of Death:
    24/06/1944
    Age:
    23
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    179 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference
    Panel 218.
    Memorial
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Sydney Claude and Ethel May Hartley, of Felpham, Sussex.

    HOWELL, STANLEY BURTON

    Rank:
    Flight Sergeant
    Service No:
    1045569
    Date of Death:
    24/06/1944
    Age:
    21
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    179 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference
    Panel 219.
    Memorial
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Thomas and Rosina Howell, of Tursdale Colliery, Ferryhill, Co. Durham.

    SNELLING, GEORGE EDWARD

    Rank:
    Flight Sergeant
    Service No:
    1277770
    Date of Death:
    24/06/1944
    Age:
    30
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    179 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference
    Panel 222.
    Memorial
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Husband of Edith Mauricia Snelling.

    TAPLEY, RICHARD NOEL

    Rank:
    Flight Lieutenant
    Service No:
    62261
    Date of Death:
    24/06/1944
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    179 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference
    Panel 203.
    Memorial
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:

    Hope this helps a little.

    Regards
    Dave

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    Many thanks for those Dave. Has anyone got anything on the loss itself?

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    Simon

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    To answer my own question, the ORB Form 540 has:

    Missing on operations 24 June 1944
    F/Lt R. N. Tapley 62261 Pilot
    1384375 F/Sgt Hartley R. S. Pilot
    F/O J. F. Ollett Can. J13951 Nav
    1320008 Sgt Gasser A. J. WOp/Air
    1277770 Sgt Snelling G. E. WOp/Air
    1045569 Sgt Howell S. B WOp/Air


    and the Form 541:

    A/U patrol Rover S in Channel area
    Took off 1429
    This aircraft failed to return to base. E.T.A. was 0120/25 but no signals were received and no air plots were obtained. Weather was generally poor.

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    Simon

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    The aircraft was Wellington HF143. The navigator was found about a month later when his body was recovered from a dinghy. This suggests a ditching rather than an uncontrolled crash.

    Colin Cummings

    PS Ollett - who was 26 - is buried in UK

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    Thank you for the additional info Colin.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    Thank you for the additional info Colin.

    Regards

    Simon
    I know this is a very old thread but my uncle was Arthur James Gasser .Today I visited Runnymede to see his name on the memorial and that made me wonder if anyone had more information on what happened.

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