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    440421 - Unaccounted Airmen - 21-4-1944

    From Henk's list -

    UK
    BARNETT, Leslie Sidney - LAC - 1281589 - RAFVR - Willesden Jewish, Middlesex.
    HUMPHRIES, Harry - Sgt - 537909 - RAF - Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    INDIA
    GRADWELL, Frank - Sgt(A/G) - 1588937 - RAFVR - Madras, India.
    REAVEY, Harry - Sgt(Flt/Engr) - 1581467 - RAFVR - Madras, India.
    ROBINSON, Charles Henry - Sgt (A/G) - 1892462 - RAFVR - Madras, India.

    PAKISTAN
    STRATHDEE, Albert Martin - LAC - 971596 - RAFVR - Karachi, Pakistan.

    UK
    ALDERSON, Edward - F/L(Nav) - 109107 - RAFVR - Hetton, Durham. [ Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU ].
    BANISTER, James Francis - F/O(Pilot) - RAF - Brockenhurst (St. Nicholas), Hampshire.
    BARRETT, Ernest Malcolm - F/O (Pilot) - 150205 - RAFVR - Chester (Blacon), Cheshire. [ Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU ].
    CAILES, Norman George - Sgt (WoP/A?G) - 1605460 - RAFVR - Christchurch, Hampshire. [ Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU ].
    HOLMWOOD, Ronald Charles - Sgt(WoP/A/G) - 1803277 - RAFVR - Heston (St. Leonard), Middlesex. [ Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU ].
    LOMAS, Philip Edwin - Sgt(Nav) - 1581882 - RAFVR - Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire. [ Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU ].
    SCOTT, William Leslie - Sgt (Pilot) - 1435311 - RAFVR - Batley, Yorkshire. [ Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU ].
    SHERRY, Albert William - Sgt(Nav) - 1586167 - RAFVR - Plymouth (Ford Park), Devon. [ Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU ].
    SKIRROW, Norman - Sgt(WoP/A?G) - 2215940 - RAFVR - Ripon, Yorkshire. [ Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU ].
    STACEY, Thomas Herbert - Sgt(Air Bomber) - 1459786 - RAFVR - Bilton (Or Bilton-In-Holderness)(St. Peter), Yorkshire. [ Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU ].

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    Hi

    INDIA
    GRADWELL, Frank - Sgt(A/G).
    REAVEY, Harry - Sgt(Flt/Engr).
    ROBINSON, Charles Henry - Sgt (A/G).
    All probably killed whilst flying in Liberator VI, EV813 of No 1673 HCU, which crashed on take off from Kolar.

    PAKISTAN
    STRATHDEE, Albert Martin - LAC - serving a 320 MU.

    UK
    BARNETT, Leslie Sidney - LAC - registered in Lambeth.
    HUMPHRIES, Harry - Sgt - registered in Ely, not in BK347
    BANISTER, James Francis - F/O(Pilot) - registered in Peterborough.
    BARRETT, Ernest Malcolm - F/O (Pilot) - Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU.
    CAILES, Norman George - Sgt (WoP/A?G) - Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU.
    HOLMWOOD, Ronald Charles - Sgt(WoP/A/G) - Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU.
    LOMAS, Philip Edwin - Sgt(Nav) - Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU.
    SCOTT, William Leslie - Sgt (Pilot) - Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU.
    SHERRY, Albert William - Sgt(Nav) - Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU.
    SKIRROW, Norman - Sgt(WoP/A?G) - Wellington III - BK347 - 30 OTU.
    STACEY, Thomas Herbert - Sgt(Air Bomber) - Wellington X - HZ412 - 17 OTU.

    Malcolm

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    BANISTER - A webpage dedicated to him provides the following detail:
    March 1944 saw Jimmy starting the final stages of his flying training as a fighter pilot with No. 7 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, before conversion to either Hurricanes or Spitfires. At this stage of the war the Germans had tasked a night flying unit 11/KG51, equipped with Messerschmitt 410s, to chase returning bombers and shoot them down as they landed at their bases in East Anglia. On 21 April Jimmy took off from RAF WALTON, flying an unarmed Miles Master on a night navigation exercise, during which he was shot down by one of these intruders and killed instantly.

    Martyn

    http://www.westdowns.com/jimmyban.htm

    Martyn

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    HUMPHRIES - shown as DOAS in Casualty Communique No 408

    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/flight...t_AS1944-2.pdf

    REAVEY - an old thread (2005) requested information:
    'trying to find any info on RAF officer Harry Reavey, killed in a air crash en-route to India during ww2'

    The only reply provide confirmation details of the casualty from CWGC.

    Martyn

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    Hello,

    UK.

    49769 F/O James Francis BANISTER RAF.

    Chris Hobson, in his Failed To Return, Part Two, A-B (p.360), suggests Master II DL283 but states that this serial needs confirmation.

    Col.

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    Banister is confirmed as being in DL283 in 'Clipped Wings Vol 3'

    Malcolm

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