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    450115 - Unaccounted Airmen - 15-01-1945

    From Henk's List -
    UK
    BARDICEV, Aba ( Also known as WILLIS ) - (Czeck ?) - AC2c - 769448 - RAFVR - M19, Middle East Forces - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    MATTHEWS, Richard - Cpl - 648378 - RAF - Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    EGYPT
    ASHWORTH, Kenneth - Sgt - 1589628 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    BROOK, Richard William - Sgt - 1587551 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    CAUSER, Daniel Robert George - Sgt - 1810933 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    CULLEN, Robert William - Sgt - 1824240 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    GORMALLY, Kevin Patrick - Sgt - 2204564 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    HEATON, William Pilkington - Sgt - 1685597 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    LEIGHTON, George Bernard - F/O - 176526 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    McTAGUE, James Patrick - Sgt - 1821926 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    OSBORNE, Norman James - Sgt - 1627548 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    PEACE, Norman John - Sgt - 3020016 - RAFVR - 76 OTU - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

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    O'SULLIVAN, Michael - Sgt (Flt/Engr) - 1799564 - RAFVR - Castlemahon Old Graveyard, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland. [ Halifax III - LK878 - 1659 HCU ].

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    BRYAN, Clifford Bagnell - F/L - 137302 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. [ Mosquito NF.30 - MV565 - 85 Sqn ].
    BURN, Dennis Gilbert - Sgt (A/G) - 1251125 - RAFVR - Tottenham Cemetery, Middlesex. [ Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].(BCL vol 8 has BRUN ).
    HAZELDEN, John Gordon - Sgt (Nav) - 1623968 - RAFVR - Rainford (All Saints) Churchyard, Lancashire. [ Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].
    MANN, Cyril Reuben Clifford - Sgt (Air Bomber) - 1586368 - RAFVR - Cheltenham Cemetery, Prestbury, Gloucestershire. [ Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].
    RAWLINSON, James - F/S (Flt/Engr) - 2218660 - RAFVR - Bootle Cemetery, Lancashire. [ Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].
    WALTON, Geoffrey - F/S (Pilot) - 1578741 - RAFVR - Castle Church (St. Mary) Churchyard, Staffordshire. [ Halifax III - LK871 and LK878 - 1659 HCU ?? ].
    WOOD, Henry - F/L - 115716 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. [ Mosquito NF.30 - MV565 - 85 Sqn ].

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    Hi

    EGYPT
    ASHWORTH, Kenneth - Sgt - possibly killed whilst flying in Wellington X, LP294 of No 76 OTU, which dived into the sea off Tel Aviv after control was lost in cloud.
    BROOK, Richard William - Sgt - see Ashworth
    CAUSER, Daniel Robert George - Sgt - see Ashworth
    CULLEN, Robert William - Sgt - see Ashworth
    GORMALLY, Kevin Patrick - Sgt - see Ashworth
    HEATON, William Pilkington - Sgt - see Ashworth
    LEIGHTON, George Bernard - F/O - see Ashworth
    McTAGUE, James Patrick - Sgt - see Ashworth
    OSBORNE, Norman James - Sgt - see Ashworth
    PEACE, Norman John - Sgt - see Ashworth

    UK
    MATTHEWS, Richard - Cpl - registered in Cambridge.
    BRYAN, Clifford Bagnell - F/L - Mosquito NF.30 - MV565 - 85 Sqn ].
    BURN, Dennis Gilbert - Sgt (A/G) - Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].(BCL vol 8 has BRUN ).
    HAZELDEN, John Gordon - Sgt (Nav) - Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].
    MANN, Cyril Reuben Clifford - Sgt (Air Bomber) - Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].
    RAWLINSON, James - F/S (Flt/Engr) - Lancaster III - LM619 - 1668 HCU ].
    WALTON, Geoffrey - F/S (Pilot) - Halifax III - LK878 - 1659 HCU ].
    WOOD, Henry - F/L - Mosquito NF.30 - MV565 - 85 Sqn ].
    O'SULLIVAN, Michael - Sgt (Flt/Engr) - Halifax III - LK878 - 1659 HCU ].

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    Hello and thank you re Wellington LP294 of 76 OTU.
    Now found this RAF Commands link,
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...AMEIN-MEMORIAL
    Alex

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    How did they go missing?

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    Hello,

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    769448 AC2 Aba BARDICEV (aka Robert WILLIS) RAFVR.

    Aircraftman 2nd Class Aba BARDICEV (a Czech), joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (in the Middle East), but became involved in special operations under the name of Robert Willis with the code name "Anticlimax". He participated in the highly-secret Operation "Amsterdam" but was captured by the Germans on Christmas Day 1944 whilst trying to buy food dressed in a British uniform. He was executed at Mauthausen on 15 January 1945.

    See:
    Unearthing Churchill's Secret Army:The Official List of SOE Casualties and their Stories.
    Grehan,John & Martin Mace.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Military,2012.
    p.241.

    It should be noted, there is alternative advice available :

    MI9/A Force in Hungary.

    MISSIONS.

    AMSTERDAM.

    + Rafael REISS aka Sgt Stephens aka Sgt Stephenson/Stefan RICE RAFVR.
    + Sgt Zvi BEN-YAAKOV aka Jindrich GRUENHUT aka 2Lt M JAMAY (UNCLE).
    Chaim CHERMESH aka Martha MARTINOVIC (AUNTIE)
    +Haviva aka Chaviva REIK aka Ada ROBINSON.

    ANTI-CLIMAX.

    + Abba BARDICHEV/BERDICZEW/BERDICHEV aka Lt Robert WILLIS.
    + Rafael REISS - see AMSTERDAM.

    See:
    Through Hitler's Back Door:SOE Operations in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria 1939-1945.
    Ogden,Alan.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Military,2010.
    pp.10-11.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 11th October 2017 at 00:58.

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