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    Default Sgt(A/G)KB MARTIN 539618 40 Sqn killed on operations 12.05.41

    Hello,

    Looking for details of the death in action of the above Air Gunner perhaps in a Wellington & on ops to Hamburg.

    Many thanks,
    Rol

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    Rol, Hi,

    Malcolm's excellent RAFWEB says:

    He was killed whilst flying in a Wellington of No 40 Sqn, which was probably damaged in a raid on Hamburg but managed to get back to base. He is buried in Marham (Holy Trinity) Churchyard.

    Should give a few leads?

    HTH

    Peter Davies
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    His death was registered at Downham, so as Peter says it looks like he was killed (or died of injuries suffered) on an Op and the aircraft returned to base. BTW his service number is 539616, according to the CWGC website.

    Simon

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    Hello,

    11/12 May 1941
    No.40 Sqn
    Wellington Ic T2911 "A"
    Op: Hamburg.

    Attacked eight times by Me 110 and badly damaged. Sgt Martin is buried at Marham.

    P/O R. M. Smith*
    Sgt R. D. Hesketh (+ 15/16-7-1941 No.40 Sqn. Wellington Ic X3220 - BCL2/93)
    Sgt Bowers
    Sgt J. E. Robbins* - Wounded
    Sgt Ison - 939261/(later S/L 108021) Fredrick John Edward ISON DFC, MiD.
    Sgt K. B. Martin - Killed

    See:
    Sweeping The Skies:A History of 40 Squadron Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 1916-56.
    Gunby,David.
    Bishop Auckland (Durham):Pentland Press,1995.
    pp.159 & 354.

    * Smith was awarded the DFC, and Robbins the DFM.

    P/O R M Smith - 60114 P/O Richard Marcus SMITH DFC RAFVR. DFC. LG: 14-7-1941. p.4123 - + 30-11-1942 - No.7 Sqn. Stirling I R9150 - BCL3/267.
    Sgt J E Robbins - 564567/ (later 169136 F/O[WS]) James Ernest ROBBINS DFM RAFVR. LG: 18-7-1941. p.4124. Possibly involved in crash (unhurt), of No.7 Sqn Stirling I R9255 at Oakington on 26/27-3-1943 - BCL4/81.

    Col.
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    Hello,

    Thank you to all who responded, one more ticked off the list.

    Rol

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