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    Default Loss area data sought for several Flying Officers

    Who can help with loss area data for the following Flying Officers:
    1. Myers, George Wright, RAF VR 103898, lost 14-7-1943
    2. Pynisky, Peter, RCAF J/19930, 44 Sqn, lost 18-8-1943
    3. Hutton, John Peter, RAF VR 123958, lost 9-9-1943
    4. Harrold, John Reginald, RAF VR 131002, lost 11-9-1943
    5. Warner, Denham Vernon, RAF VR 151175, lost 18-10-1943
    6. O'Donoghue, RCAF J/25518, lost 21-10-1943
    7. Viney, Frederick Harold, RCAF J/11355, 405 Sqn, lost 16 or 17-8-1943
    8. Hawkins, John David, RCAF J/16775, 405 Sqn, lost 17-8-1943
    9. Manning, Peter William, RAF VR 139637, 405 Sqn, lost 17-8-1943

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    Hi

    At 6.30 on 14th March 1943, John Peter ‘Pip’ Hutton took off with his crew of Sgt Robert Leonard Graham and Sgt Ronald William Alfred Lindsay to ferry a Blenheim V EH332, to Gibraltar and on to North Africa. About 3 hours into the flight the starboard engine began to give him problems. After three quarter of an hour later and now just off the north-west Portuguese coast near Povoa do Varzim, Pip Hutton made the decision to ditch in the sea. They landed safely and all three crew jumped into their dinghy, but the sea was very rough and it quickly capsized, leaving them with a 2½ hour swim to land.
    The crew stayed at the barracks for a week and were visited by a British Consulate Official who made arrangements for their return to England. On the 21st March they were taken on to Elvas and then three days later to Lisbon. They were eventually flown home in a civil aeroplane to Whitchurch on the 27th. (Information provided by Carlos Guerreiro)


    On 9th September 943 Hutton and his crew took off heading for Gibraltar. This time, as they were ferrying a Wellington, there was an additional crew member, Thomas Finlay Clements. They again encountered a problem while flying over the Bay of Biscay and this time they were reported missing.

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    On 17 August 1943 405 Squadron lost this aircraft (at least) on a raid to Turin. Maybe someone with the correct volume of Chorley can match up your names.

    HR856 "LQ*W" "Willie" Halifax II

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    Default HR856 "LQ*W" "Willie" Halifax II - Peter Manning crew

    Hi
    I am the nephew of Peter Manning and have researched him and his crew for several years. His aircraft is still officially listed as missing, but I believe I have discovered when and where they met their fate. According to Luftwaffe records for 17th August 1943, this entry by Lt. Detlef Grossfuss confirms a "kill" of a 4-engined aircraft (4-mot Flzg) at 04:20 (that would be 18th August):

    "17.08.43 Ltn. Detlef Grossfuss 2./JG 2 4-mot. Flzg. ( 25 km. N. Ornemündung: 3.400 m. 04.20 Film C. 2031/II Anerk: Nr. -"

    All other Bomber Command losses (according to Chorley) - for that night - are accounted for (being shot down over land). Ornemündung is situated between Cherbourg and Le Harvre on the north French coast. I have been told, in the past, that the Body of my uncle's bomb-aimer, WILLIAM EDWARD BEAVO (J/18308), was recovered by a German patrol boat, but thus far, have no evidence confirming this.

    Best wishes
    David Manning

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    Pynisky, Peter, RCAF J/19930, 44Sqn
    F/Sgt Pynisky was killed whilst flying in Lancaster III DV202/KM-Z of 44 Sqn, which was lost without a trace on the Peenemunde raid. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    Harrold, John Reginald, RAF VR 131002, 2TTU
    F/O Harrold was killed whilst flying in Beaufighter VI JL653 of 2 TTU, which crashed after hitting the water near the Heads of Ayr during a low level turn.


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    O'Donoghue 20 OTU Wellington DF595 t/o Lossiemouth, night cross country, came down in the Solway Firth. 2 rescued, 1 buried Kirkwall, 3 on Runnymede including O'Donoghue. Chorley OTUs

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