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    Default Harry Winterknight Garvin RCAF

    Can anyone help me please regarding the reason for the loss of a Wellington of 40 Squadron on 18 March 1942 in Egypt?
    Four members of the crew are buried in Suez War Memorial Cemetery:
    Sgt. Robert John Johnston Robb 968056
    Sgt. James Charles Joss 777679
    WO Francis Edward Johnson 580492
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    Flt Sgt. Pilot Harry Winterknight Garvin R/54498 RCAF of Philadelphia.

    Many thanks
    Ken

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    his service file is on ancestry.com and states

    Wellington IC Z9104
    Non operational crash in Daylight,
    thats from a transcription of a Form 765
    its a very unclear document and lists only him as an occupant.

    Later on a Form 551 it states:
    Wellington Z9104 nose-dived into ground and burst into flames, All four members of the crew were killed.

    And that about the height of what it says. Sad really.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    The loss is mentioned on page 196 of my history of 40 Squadron, Sweeping the Skies (not a sales pitch, it is out of print), where i include an eye witness accoun of the crash. On squadron it was believed that Garvin, who had been unwell, perhaps collapsed over the controls. There were only four aboard for an oil test. A fifth man, fitter George Reddy, was to have been aboard, but overslept, and woke to see the Wellington taking off.

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    Hello,

    As his service number indicates, 777679 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James Charles JOSS RAFVR, was a Rhodesian. Born 16/9/1915, Que Que, Southern Rhodesia. (A Pride of Eagles/Salt [1st ed.] p.750).

    Col.
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    Dennis, David and Col.
    Many thanks for your replies. I used Flight Sergeant Garvin's name for the thread but was particularly interested in Sergeant/Air Gunner Robb as he is named on a local War Memorial - Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
    Robert was 28 years old and had been married for less than a year when he died.
    Cheers
    Ken

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