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    Simmons, Roger Gunter. 57 Manor Way, Woodmansterne, Surrey was part of “Dean and Dawson” the forgery department of Stalag Luft III that made the documents for the “Wooden Horse” escapees. I understand that he was possibly with 1 Squadron and shot down 24/3/43. I would like to know what aircraft he was flying and the circumstances of his loss.

    With thanks, David Layne.
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    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    David, Hi,

    This is probably yr man:

    Civil registration event: Birth
    Name: SIMMONS, Roger G
    Registration district: Croydon. County: Surrey
    Year of registration: 1920. Quarter of registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
    Mother's maiden name: Smith
    Volume no: 2A Page no: 545

    (And from the LG)
    Enlisted (1282937) shortly after May 1940 (poss at Uxbridge)
    Cmd Plt Off (Prob) from Sgt into RAFVR GD Branch (101492) 17 May 41.
    Promoted Fg Off 17 May 42
    Promoted Flt Lt 17 May 43

    BUT you've got him PoW on 24 Mar 43. There may, of course, have been a delay between the Announcement and the actual Gazetting?

    HTH
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    I think you are correct Peter, thank you. Still need his unit and aircraft and how and where lost
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    Hello,

    Here is a possibilty for your "SIMMONS", on the 24-3-1943:

    Wednesday, 24 March 1943.

    Meanwhile, at 0800 12 Spitfires from 1 SAAF Squadron scrambled, six Bf 109s and MC 202s being seen in the circuit over Gabes Main airfield; four Spitfires went after them, but failed to catch them, and two of the Allied fighters then spiralled down over the airfield to strafe. Very intense flak came up, and Lt Simmons was shot down.

    Fighters Over Tunisia/Shores et al., pp.262-3

    Col.
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    Thanks Bruggy that's him. Anyone have the serial number for his aircraft?
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    David,

    Just sent you the POW Liberation questionnaire as promised.

    Please publish info on here for future research.

    Regards,

    Nick
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    David,

    Your E mail has rejected my post.

    Any ideas?

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    Nick

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    Thanks Nick. Will send you a PM.

    Here is what I have found out on the prisoners listed in my father's POW "Wartime Log." There are a few missing but hopefully someone can help.

    Allen Chas(Tim) 70 Warren road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham. Sgt. Rear Gunner, 75 Squadron,
    Lancaster PB520 20 Nov 44, Op Homberg, Lancaster PB520

    Bean L.F. Sgt F/E 432 Squadron Halifax LW597, shot down 25/26 February 1944 by night fighter near Ulm on operations to Augsburg.

    Beesley, J. 176 Woodland Ave. Handsworth, Birmingham. F/S Bomb Aimer 97 Squadron Lancaster JA708. Shot down by night fighter 23/24 September 1943 after bombing Mannheim. (One of the crew members when my father was shot down)

    Beeston, Bob (A.H.) W/O Pilot of 51 Squadron Halifax HR750 shot down 27/28 May 1943 on raid to Essen, all crew survived.

    Benson, A.J. "OK" Goondriwindi, Queensland. Sgt. Pilot 10 O.T.U. Whitley BD220 At 14.39 hours, 14 June 1943 two U boats inbound for their French base in Bordeaux were spotted by the Whitley in the Bay of Biscay and shadowed. U-564 was unable to dive after an air attack the day before and was being escorted back to France by U-185. At 16.45 hours, the fuel of the aircraft was running low the pilot Sergeant Benson decided to attack U-564. Both boats opened fire and hit the bomber, but its depth charges caused more damage on the boat and she sank at 17.30 hours. The hydraulics and the starboard engine of the Whitley were damaged, so the crew was forced to ditch into the Bay of Biscay approximately 80 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly. The crew were picked up three days later by a French trawler and ended up as German prisoners of war. A good account is in Norman Franks book ' Search, Find and Kill' . Benson was awarded the D.F.M for this action. http://www.crookwellgazette.com.au/s...son-crookwell/

    Calvert, Les. Sgt. 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842 on May 27th 1943 on an operation to Essen. No relation to crew member George F. Calvert, listed below.

    Calvert, George F. 11 Mallett Crescent, Bolton. F/S 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842 on May 27th 1943 on an operation to Essen. According to Lancaster at War 3 (Pages 68-72) George was not related to crew member Les Calvert. George Calvert also has an account in Cooper's 'Air Battle of the Ruhr' (Page 80). The crew survived a Whitley crash landing on 9 Dec 42 whilst with 19 OTU Kinloss, a first ditching in Lancaster R5892 on 21 Feb 43 with 1661 HCU and then a second ditching after the Essen raid although on this occasion they were picked up by the Germans.

    Charlton, J. Allen 9 Dick Road, Kilmarnock. Air Corporal RAF 981256

    Collins, Laurie W. "Sackville House." 4 Littlefields Land, Grimsby, Lincs. A/G 57 Squadron Wellington R1369 operation to Kiel shot down and crashed in the sea near the Frisians

    Coulbeck, R. 97 Ravendale St. Scunthorpe. Pvt. R.A.O.C. POW# 6084 Service# 7615370

    Denton, J.N. 4 The Terrace, Chyandous, Penzance, Cornwall. F/S 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842, shot down 27 May 1943 on a raid to Essen.

    Gillman E.J. Sgt F/E 97 Squadron Lancaster JA 707 . Attacked by night fighter after bombing Nuremburg and crashed in Luxembourg 27/28 August 1943 Gillman’s POW report is on line at http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/fsegreyer...lmanReport.htm
    He was killed in 1948 when Lincoln RF474 of 9 Squadron crashed in France.

    Gunter, Louis B. Binsley Rd. Coventry. S/L Pilot, 619 Squadron Lancaster ME855 shot down 12/13 Aug 44, Operation to Brunswick, Lancaster ME855

    Gurnell, P. Sturton, Brigg. Sgt. A/G 207 Squadron Manchester L7307 lost 27/28 March 1941 on operations to Dusseldorf.

    Hancock, Robert. Woodhouse Farm, Leconfield, E. Yorks. W/O Observer on 77 Squadron Whitley Z9280, shot down attacking Wilhelmshaven 27 February 1942

    Hand, George W. Morcott, near Uppingham, Rutland. Sgt. W/O 434 Squadron Halifax LL257 shot down 19/20 February 1944 on operations to Leipzig.

    Hanrahan, C. 5 Norbreck Close, Cinder Hill, Notts. Sgt. F/E 97 Squadron Lancaster ED816 shot down 12/13 June 1943 on an operation to Bochum.

    Hobsbawn, G.R.D.B. Santiago, Chile. Sgt. 102 Squadron Halifax W7652 lost 16 June on an operation to Essen

    Howes, Johnny. Peacehaven, Sussex. Sgt. 57 Squadron Wellington Z8985 lost 7/8 November 1941 on a “Rover Patrol” in the Munster area.

    Hunter, W. James 123 Winifred Rd. Coulson, Surrey. P/O Observer 217 Squadron Coastal Command Beaufort AW238 shot down attacking the battleship Scharnhorst in the Bay of Biscay, 25 July 1941. Was one of the forgers of the “Dean and Dawson” organization that made documents for the “Wooden Horse” escape.

    Hyden, P. F/O 78 Squadron Halifax DT775 shot down by night fighter 10/11 April 1943 on an operation to Frankfurt.

    Jack, Gordan B. 14 Eridgeway, Forest Town, Johannesburg S.A. S.A.A.F. 205570 S.A.A.F. POW 684
    Lt. possibly 2 squadron shot down 1 September 1942 in P40 Kittyhawk

    Jackson, R.J. 20 Maytree Crescent, Watford, Herts. Sgt. F/E 156 Squadron Lancaster W4943 shot down by night fighter on operations to Essen 27/28 May 1943

    Kenny J. Sgt. W/O 97 Squadron Lancaster JA 707 . Attacked by night fighter after bombing Nuremburg and crashed in Luxembourg 27/28 August 1943

    Lee, D.N. Brentford, Middlesex. Sgt. Pilot of 77 Squadron Whitley Z6570 lost on operation to Berlin 9/10 April 1941.

    Littlewood, L. 43 Rothschild St., West Norwood, London. SE 27 Sgt. 487 Squadron Ventura AE731 crashed participating in “Ramrod 16” attacking a power station near Amsterdam 3 May 1943.

    Lockyer, T.M. F/Lt. Chorley, Lancs. shot down 22/02/41 flying Spitfire R6598 (1PRU) over Ostend the victim of Obfw Hermann Staege 2./LG 2

    McCullock, Alex. 63 Twyford Ave. Fosters Green, London. P/O Mid upper gunner 35 Squadron Halifax LV864 shot down by night fighter 19/20 February 1944 on operations to Leipzig.

    McDonald, Ian Alexander 24 Brookland Rise, London, NW.11 Sgt. A/G 50 Squadron Hampden AE 318 shot down 7/8 September 1941 on operations to Kiel.

    W.T. McKeown, 48 St. Helliers St. Linwood N.Z. F/Lt. 239 Squadron Mustang shot down during Dieppe raid 19 August 1942.

    Meyrick, D. 38 Coronation Rd. Gilfach Goch, Glamorgan. AC1 150 Squadron Battle L5540, shot down attacking enemy columns in Luxembourg and crash landed in the target area near Bonnevoie, 10 May 1940.

    Nelson, Joseph Edmundson.15 Parkfield Rd. Bolton. F/S Flight Engineer 97 Squadron Lancaster JA708. Shot down by night fighter 23/24 September 1943 after bombing Mannheim. (One of the crew members when my father was shot down.)

    Petch, W. 23 Hamilton Rd. Scunthorpe. Sgt. 77 Squadron Whitley Z6642 crashed 7 July 1941 on operation to Dortmund.

    Prentice, Donald F.124 Caledon St. Uiterhage, Cape Province. S.A. Lt. Pilot Mustang HB 908 Shot down by flak 30 October 1944 aircraft crashed in Gulf Of Venice near San Vito.

    Pryde, J. Sgt. 9 Squadron Wellington W5729. Lost on operations to Cologne 10/11 July 1941.

    Reade, Frank S. 45 Mansfield Rd. Guilford, Surrey. F/O 199 Squadron Wellington HF488 shot down by night fighter on operations to Dusseldorf.

    Ringham, F.L. 123 Borden Rd. Tunbridge, Kent. 131829 Sgt. 102 Squadron Halifax W7652 lost 16 June 1942 on operations to Essen.

    Roe, William Alec. “Allendale” Fordham Rd. Bury St. Edmonds. possibly 21 Squadron Mosquito

    Ruddock, G.F. 16 Alforton Ave., West Green, London. N15. F/L Bomb Aimer for Gunter crew 619 Squadron Lancaster ME855 shot down 12/13 Aug 44, Operation to Brunswick, Lancaster ME855

    Sadezky, L. Aldenham, Elstree, Herts. Sgt. A/G 83 Squadron Hampden AE319. Shot down 6 September 1941 mine laying Oslo harbour.

    Seedhouse, J. c/o Morton, Skillington, nr. Grantham. F/S Flight Engineer 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842 crashed Leiden Holland with all crew becoming P.O.W.’s. 27/28 May 1943 operations to Essen.

    Shore, Eric Hudson Lithgow, 31 The Parade, Barry, Glamorgan. P/O pilot of 501 Squadron Spitfire AA 837. Shot down St. Lo France 4th November 1941. (Leader of “Dean and Dawson” the forgery department of Stalag Luft III that made the documents for the “Wooden Horse” escapees.)

    Simich, G.R. West Coast Rd. Oratia. Auckland. N.Z., F/L 214 Squadron Stirling W7560 shot down 26 July 1942 on operations against Hamburg. Died 27th August 1948 age 32 when his Mosquito crashed at Himatangi Beach New Zealand.

    Simmons, Roger G. 57 Manor Way, Woodmansterne, Surrey. F/O Seconded to SAAF and joined 1 Squadron shot down 24 March 1943 in his Spitfire strafing Gabes Airfield Tunisia. (Part of “Dean and Dawson” the forgery department of Stalag Luft III that made the documents for the “Wooden Horse” escapees.)

    Skinner, Jim D 10 Earl Street, New Brumby, Scunthorpe. Sgt. Nav. 61 Squadron Lancaster W4763. Shot down by flak 9/10 July 1943 on operations to Gelsenkirchen.

    Smith, Jack possibly 900788

    Utteridge, R.J. 13 Harpenden Road, W. Norwood, SE 27 LAC 142 Squadron Battle shot down 13 June 1940 at Rouen on an operation to Foret de Gault.

    Waddington-Allwright Gordon J. Sgt. A/G Central Gunnery School Wellington N2894 shot down on return flight by Me110 night fighter at 02:25 near Hessen-Allee, 8km.southeast of Apeldorn on first 1000 bomber raid against Cologne 30/31 May 1942. http://translate.google.co.uk/transl...0%26es_sm%3D93


    Walker, Ronald 106 Sunderland Ave. Tickhill, Doncaster. Could be R. Walker 52179 or RA Walker 60141
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    sent on, you should have them now.

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Hello

    Lockyer was Thomas Mitchell, 37193, indeed from Chorley, Lancs, and came down near Calais in France.

    Joss

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