Guys,

In your search for unaccounted airmen l have come accross the attached which may be of interest.


Sergeant Alfred William Abbott stated that ‘Whilst sleeping in barn at Lamin attack was made by aircraft (presumably British) 2 men W/O’s Durnett (actually, l believe Durnan) and Brown were killed and approximately 20 wounded. I was wounded in left forearm’.

W/O Hamilton Durnan 1053444 died on 22nd April 1945, aged 28, probably following an attack by an RAF mosquito (Footprints). Durnan was captured on 28th March 1942 whilst flying a 77 Squadron Whitley Z9386 on a raid on Rostock, having been in SL3, SL6, SL4 and S357. He is buried in the Berlin 1939 – 1945 War cemetery, reference 5.J.24. The Son of William and Agnes Durnan, of Thornliebank, Renfrewshire.

W/O Reginald Alfred Brown 614115 died on 22nd April 1945 aged 25, probably following an attack by an RAF mosquito (Footprints). Brown was captured on 25th June 1942 whilst flying a 78 Squadron Halifax W1067 on a raid on Bremen, having been in SL3, SL6, SL4 and S357. His body was never recognised and he is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 269. The son of Alfred and Ellen Brown; husband of Audrey Brown, of Bennington, Hertfordshire.

These are the only two that l can find somewhere near what Abbott says. I am sure Berlin 1939 – 1945 War cemetery will have a few unknown airmen, one of which is likely to be Brown.

Regards,

Nick
KenFentonsWar.com