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    Default Two 210 Sqn casualties, Jan 2nd 1943

    Hello everyone

    Amongst my local casualties, I have the following two members of 210 Sqn, both lost on January 2nd 1943 and whose names are recorded on the Runnymede Memorial.

    GRAY, Gerald, Sgt, 210 Sqn. Service Nš 1090020. Killed January 2nd 1943, aged 22. He is commemorated in the Book of Remembrance at St Luke's Church, Wallsend.

    ROBERTSON, John Balfour, Sgt, 210 Sqn. Service Nš 1110184. Killed January 2nd 1943. The Scotland's People website's Statutory Deaths list has a service return for him (he was born in Edinburgh), which gives his age as 25, and states that he died in 'Air Operations' over the UK. He is commemorated in the Book of Remembrance at Longbenton Urban District Council Offices, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    The ORB doesn't have any information (were they detached up at Sullom Voe?), so I wondered if anyone could be of assistance?

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    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    They were killed whilst flying in Catalina IIA, VA725 'F' of No 210 Sqn, which was lost without a trace on a convoy escort sortie.

    Malcolm

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    Thank you Malcolm, much appreciated.

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    Simon

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    Simon,

    A little more for your files:-

    Sat. 2 Jan 1943.
    COASTAL COMMAND.
    Convoy escort north of Shetland.
    210 Squadron, RAF (Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire - 19 Group).

    Catalina IIA VA725/F

    Took off from Sullom Voe, Shetland, at 0415 under command of Wt Off H R Cox, RAF, and failed to return. Lost without trace, the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Navigator: NZ405740 Flt Sgt Gordon King ROSS, RNZAF - Age 23. 414hrs. 27th op(?)

    See:
    For Your Tomorrow Vol.2 1943-1998
    Martyn,Errol W.
    Christchurch:Volplane Press,1999.
    p.48.

    Crew:

    754975 W/O (Pilot) Harold Russell COX RAFVR +
    1239964 Sgt (Pilot) Daniel SIMS RAFVR +
    NZ405740 Sgt (Obs./SPL) Gordon King ROSS RNZAF +
    1207582 Sgt (Nav./B) Kenneth HOLMES RAFVR +
    R51121 Sgt (WOM1) Clarence Elder WILDE RCAF +
    1110184 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) John Balfour ROBERTSON RAFVR +
    1288699 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Francis Harry LUKEY RAFVR +
    1090020 Sgt (F/Eng.) George GRAY RAFVR +
    1108118 Sgt (F/Eng ) Edward JONES RAFVR +
    641927 Sgt Sgt (Air Gnr.) Harry ADDINALL RAFVR +

    See also:
    To the Ends of the Earth:210 Squadron's Catalina Years.
    Seymour,Mike & Bill Henderson.
    Pembrokeshire:Paterchurch Publications,1999.
    pp.43-4

    Col.
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    Thank you for the additional information and sources Col, that's very helpful indeed.

    I'd been on the CWGC website and pencilled in the other names, so thanks for confirming them.

    Reegards

    Simon

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