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    F/Sgt Frederick Howe 3006443 RAFVR Air Gunner died on 3rd June 1945, buried in home town Soham, Cambridgeshire. Having got his family history sorted, am completely stuck on his service details. No idea as to unit.. he was aged 19 so possible not operational yet.. google finger sore with effort, all to no avail
    Any experts here got a clue as where I go from here please?

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    This site:

    http://www.raf38group.org/rohh

    has him listed as being with 81 O.T.U. No further details of his death.

    On ancestry.co.uk there's a Frederick Howe, aged 19, whose death was registered in June 1943 in the Peterborough district.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Sparkie, Hi,

    OK, so his Service Number (3006443) indicates that he Enlisted slightly after May 43 at either Cardington or Padgate. He was (from CWGC):-
    HOWE, FREDERICK
    Rank :Flight Sergeant Trade: Air Gnr. Service No:3006443 Date of Death:03/06/1945 Age:19 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Grave Reference: Sec. N. Grave 155. Cemetery: SOHAM CEMETERY
    Additional Information:Son of Ellis James Howe and Florence Alice Howe, of Soham.

    You will need to obtain his Service Record from Cranwell. This will give you all his postings, and Units. He did barely 2 yrs in the Air Force (some did less!) – but that Service Record will tell you where he went – and when. There will be lots of acronyms and abbreviations – but many on this forum will help to "disembrangle" them (seeing as he was a Soham lad!).

    The details of the aircraft accident/collision that caused his death are on http://www.rafweb.org/Menu%20Quick.htm


    HTH

    Peter Davies
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    HOWE is shown in Casualty Communique 562 in flight 24 Jan 1946 as Killed on Active Service.

    As Simon indicated his death is regd in Peterborough, and on the same page 241 or adjoining pages are the following casualties:

    Flt Sgt Frederick Walter Saxby – 1157076 (ORTU)
    Flt Sgt Albert George Collins – 1397316 (81 OTU)
    Flt Sgt Sydney Cook – 1492740 (ORTU)
    F/O Eric Francis – 181591 (81 OTU)
    Flt Sgt Francis James Cleaver – 1320722 (81 OTU)
    Sgt Alan John Perry – 1602109 (81 OTU)
    Sgt Jim Cunnington – 1274228 (ORTU)
    Flt Sgt Lewis Alfred Goodbody – 1586015 (ORTU)
    Sgt David John Coutts Musk – 1852790 (ORTU)
    Sgt Peter Purves – 1820366 (ORTU)
    The unit shown in brackets is from the 38 group roll of honour that Simon also quotes.
    All the above are also KOAS on list 562.

    A report on Saxby’s funeral in the Northampton Mercury, Friday 15 June 1945, states he was killed in a flying accident.

    Hopefully some will be able to tell us the circumstances and aircraft involved.

    Martyn

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    This link suggests Halifax III NA702 of ORTU colliding with Wellington X LP906 of 81 OTU:

    http://www.network54.com/Forum/26166...ifax+III+NA702

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - Henk already mentioned this incident back in 2007:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/16841.php

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    Thanks folk, I don't think my last "thank you" got through.
    Thanks to you all I now have found new sources to search before I come pestering you,. I honestly did try a search here but did not find Henk's thread

    Thanks again

    Tony

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