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    Hello,

    450430 - Unaccounted Airmen - 30-04-1945

    From Henk's List -

    EGYPT
    HEIMSATH, James Frederick - Sgt(Pilot) - 592028 - RAF - Fayid War Cemetery, Egypt.

    ISRAEL
    BUCKTON, John - Sgt - 1530083 - RAFVR - Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel & Palestine.
    HADDEN, Francis Ernest - F/S(Flt/Engr) - 1596249 - RAFVR - Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel & Palestine.

    UK
    ADAMS, Ronald Percy - Sgt(Nav U/T) - 1809689 - RAFVR - Romford Cemetery, Essex.
    GREENWOOD, Jack Lunn - P/O (Nav) - 186857 - RAFVR - Leeds (Armley ) Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    McCABE, William - F/O(Pilot) - 55651 - D.F.M - RAF - Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
    WHITE, Arthur Douglas - Cpl - 1484257 - RAFVR - Bradpole (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Dorset.- ( CWGC & Geoffs sites have 29/04/1945 ).

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    CYPRUS
    ROTHWELL, John - Cpl - 1067308 - RAFVR - Nicosia War Cemetery, Cyprus.

    EGYPT
    BLOOR, Reginald Albert - F/S - 1582172 - RAFVR - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    FIRTH, Phillip - Sgt - 1699572 - RAFVR - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    HANCOCK, Ernest William - F/O 185556 - RAFVR - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    NEWTON, Joseph Sedgwick - Sgt - 1677025 - RAFVR - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

    PAKISTAN
    DALTON, Bertie Victor - LAC - 14677817 - RAFVR - Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan.

    SOUTH AFRICA
    HENSHAW, William Herbert - LAC - 654624 - RAF - Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa.

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    McCABE, William - F/O(Pilot) - 55651 - D.F.M - RAF

    From ASN:

    HK245 - Spun into ground 3m N of High Wycombe Bucks. 30.4.1945 Crew: F/O (55651) William McCABE DFM (pilot) RAF- killed.

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    ISRAEL:
    BUCKTON, John - Sgt - 1530083
    HADDEN, Francis Ernest - F/S(Flt/Engr) - 1596249

    and EGYPT:
    BLOOR, Reginald Albert - F/S - 1582172
    FIRTH, Phillip - Sgt - 1699572 - RAFVR
    HANCOCK, Ernest William - F/O 185556
    NEWTON, Joseph Sedgwick - Sgt - 1677025

    Were they all aboard Liberator EV857 of 1975 H.C.U. which crashed into the sea on an air to ground firing exercise off Gaza?

    Regards

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    Hi

    ISRAEL


    UK
    ADAMS, Ronald Percy - Sgt(Nav U/T) - registered in Wenlock (RAF Hospital, Cosford?).
    GREENWOOD, Jack Lunn - P/O (Nav) - registered in Wycombe, same as McCabe so probably also HK245.

    CYPRUS
    ROTHWELL, John - Cpl - RAF Nicosia.

    EGYPT
    HEIMSATH, James Frederick - Sgt(Pilot) - probably killed whilst flying in either Spitfire VC, JL306 or Thunderbolt II, KJ183 of No 73 OTU, which collided with each other on take off from Fayid.
    BUCKTON, John - Sgt - I agree with Simon.
    HADDEN, Francis Ernest - F/S(Flt/Engr) - see Buckton.
    BLOOR, Reginald Albert - F/S - see Buckton.
    FIRTH, Phillip - Sgt - see Buckton.
    HANCOCK, Ernest William - F/O see Buckton.
    NEWTON, Joseph Sedgwick - Sgt - see Buckton.

    PAKISTAN
    DALTON, Bertie Victor - LAC - 320 MU.

    SOUTH AFRICA
    HENSHAW, William Herbert - LAC - Durban.

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    l can confirm the following casualties aboard No.1675 HCU Liberator VI EV857, on 30-4-1945:-

    ISRAEL - BUCKTON & HADDEN

    EGYPT - BLOOR, FIRTH, HANCOCK & NEWTON.

    Also aboard EV857, were the following:-

    3033185 Sgt C L ARNOLD - WOIOAS (service number needs verification. Indicates 1914-18 service!)
    AUS415494 F/O Thomas Francis BERRIGAN RAAF - WOIOAS
    1898274 Sgt R F COTTLE RAFVR - Possibly uninjured
    AUS413485 F/O Edmund Seymour ISAACS RAAF - WOIOAS
    1804238 Sgt R F SEARLE RAFVR - WOIOAS
    1895215 Sgt E S WALSH RAFVR - Possibly uninjured

    Additions/corrections welcomed.

    The files of Berrigan and Isaacs RAAF at the NAA, are yet to be digitized.

    Col.
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    Thanks for confirming those aboard EV857 Col, that's very helpful indeed.

    Regards

    Simon

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    On 30/04/1945 1675 HCU Liberator vi EV857
    According to a letter I have from S/Capt. C Ellison Abu Sueir. Of the 12 men on the flight, my father F/O Ernest William Hancock and 2 others missing (presumed dead). There were 4 multiple injuries, 2 minor injuries and 2 dead. Fishermen picked up the injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forester View Post
    On 30/04/1945 1675 HCU Liberator vi EV857
    According to a letter I have from S/Capt. C Ellison Abu Sueir. Of the 12 men on the flight, my father F/O Ernest William Hancock and 2 others missing (presumed dead). There were 4 multiple injuries, 2 minor injuries and 2 dead. Fishermen picked up the injured.
    I am very sorry about the loss of your father. My father, Thomas Berrigan, was the instructing pilot on that flight. He said they were on low flying gunning practice over the sea when the plane began to lose height. They hit the throttle, but the engines did not respond. He did not know why. I would be grateful to hear from any relatives of the crew members.

    Kind regards

    Brian Berrigan

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    Hello Brian,

    Welcome to the Forum.

    Would you be able to give us a brief rundown on your father's service record, units etc?

    Your comments, and those of "Forester", are most appreciated.

    Col.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello Brian,

    Welcome to the Forum.

    Would you be able to give us a brief rundown on your father's service record, units etc?

    Your comments, and those of "Forester", are most appreciated.

    Col.
    Hi Col,

    Thomas Francis Berrigan began his pilot training in Australia qualifying as a pilot with the RAAF. He did his instrument training in Boston,U.S.A, and from mid 1943 flew operations for Bomber Command. I would have to check the details and his log book, which I do not have to hand at this moment, to describe the squadrons he flew for, in Bomber Command. He was chosen to fly for 624 Special Duties Squadron which was formed to carry out operations for the S.O.E.. 624 SD Squadron was based in Blida, Algeria. The operations were to fly into occupied France on solo night missions to drop SOE agents, weapons, radio equipment, and other supplies to the Resistance forces. I believe he flew more than 20 combat operations for 624 SD Squadron between March and October 1944. 624 SD Squadron was then disbanded, as that mission had been accomplished. He was eventually reassigned to 1675 H.C.U in Abu Sueir, Egypt, as an instructing pilot flying Liberators.

    Kind regards

    Brian

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