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    Looking for details on the death of Sgt John Robert Naylor THORPE - 1014904 - 70 Squadron. Died 22 October 1942 and listed on Alamein Memorial.
    Found only one other 70 Squadron airman than died that day, also listed on Alamein Memorial, Flt Sgt Mark HANNA - 1109095.
    Both listed in Flight 28 January 1943 Casualty Communique 193 as 'Missing', and then on 7 October 1943 in Casualty Communique 289 they are the only names on the first list that are subsequently shown as 'Previously reported missing now presumed killed in action'.

    I believe that the squadron was based at Abu Sueir at that time and were equipped with Wellington aircraft.

    Many thanks
    Martyn

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    Martyn, Hi,
    Try:-

    JACKSON, DONALD
    Rank: Sergeant
    Trade: Pilot
    Service No 1315258
    Date of Death: 21/10/1942 Age: 20
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 70 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference XXXII. E. 10.
    Cemetery EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY
    Additional Information: Son of Alfred and Lilian Jackson, of Poole, Dorsetshire.

    So if he's in the Alamein Cemetery then it's likely that his body was recovered some time later? But I don't think you've got a full Welly crew yet? Note the 21st as DoD! Possibly a night raid on Tobruk with the Graves Reg chaps ascribing a different DoD to the body, as opposed to the Casualty Communique?
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    See Volume One of Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean, p.192, for the loss of Wellington IC R1029 S. Target Tobruk.

    Two crew died in the crash: Sgt D Jackson and Sgt J R N Thorpe, and a third in captivity on 30 October: Sgt J H Bryan. Two were POW: F/Sgt G H Rapson, the pilot, and the rear gunner, Sgt N S Forsythe

    David

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    Peter/David

    Many thanks for your help in providing details on this casualty, another one solved.

    Martyn

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