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    My uncle Pilit Officer William Dawson Fairney was killed on 7th or 8th August 1944 and is buried in a military cemetery just outside Budapest.

    he was flying a Liberator of MAAF. I believe there were survivors. Does anyone know anything about the mission and the rest of the crew?

    many thanks,

    Bill Fairney

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    Hello Bill

    Welcome to RAFCommands. I've got a bit of info, which I'm hoping is correct, but I'm sure the others on here may have more info.

    Liberator Mk. VI KG887, code letter S of 178 Sqn, crashed near Pornoapati in Hungary at 2.00pm on August 8th 1944, with the loss of five of the seven crew:

    F/O John Barclay HURLBURT (Pilot), J/27631, aged 21, of Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
    F/O William Dawson FAIRNEY (Navigator), 53255, aged 20, of Seaton Sluice, Northumberland
    Sgt (Air Gunner) George Glenny WARDLE, 531058, aged 27, of Blyth, Northumberland
    Sgt (Air Bomber) John Douglas Gifford NOONAN, 1622261, aged 21, of Thorp Arch, Yorkshire
    Sgt (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) Robert Bruce WALKER, 1553488, of Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    The two other crew survived and were made PoW:
    Sgt M S Ludlow
    Sgt C J Hamilton

    William Dawson Fairney is commemorated on the war memorial at Seaton Sluice:

    http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=9012

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 20th September 2014 at 10:58. Reason: typo

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    Default Thank you Simon for this information

    Thank you Simon, that clears up one or two things.

    i did not know the aircraft reg. Or location of the crash site.

    my wife and I visited the cemetery in Hungary a few years ago and took some photographs.

    I have a photo of some of the crew given me by my father, and it also appears in "To Hell and Back" by Mel Rolfe, ISBN 1-898697-70-1.

    I recall my grandfather saying that he was visited by two survivors after the war and that ties in with your information.

    thanks again!







    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    Hello Bill

    Welcome to RAFCommands. I've got a bit of info, which I'm hoping is correct, but I'm sure the others on here may have more info.

    Liberator Mk. VI KG887, code letter S of 178 Sqn, crashed near Pornoapati in Hungary at 2.00pm on August 8th 1944, with the loss of five of the seven crew:

    F/O John Barclay HURLBURT (Pilot), J/27631, aged 21, of Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
    F/O William Dawson FAIRNEY (Navigator), 53255, aged 20, of Seaton Sluice, Northumberland
    Sgt (Air Gunner) George Glenny WARDLE, 531058, aged 27, of Blyth, Northumberland
    Sgt (Air Bomber) John Douglas Gifford NOONAN, 1622261, aged 21, of Thorp Arch, Yorkshire
    Sgt (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) Robert Bruce WALKER, 1553488, of Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    The two other crew survived and were made PoW:
    Sgt M S Ludlow
    Sgt C J Hamilton

    William Dawson Fairney is commemorated on the war memorial at Seaton Sluice:

    http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=9012

    Regards

    Simon

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    I understand the target was Szombathely Airfield. John Noonan is not on the Thorp Arch War Memorial but is on Tadcaster & Tadcaster Methodist War Memorials. His parents worked at Thorp Arch munition factory and I understand they moved there from Harrogate.

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