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    Can anyone help please. Currently doing a research project on 149 and 199 Squadrons who were based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk during WW2. I have found the majority of those airmen and aircraft lost on operations but I have a handful of Airmen where I cannot find out any details of the aircraft they were in when lost, their serial numbers or the mission they were on when lost. I have used W R Chorley's fantastic reference volume Bomber Command Losses of the 2nd WW, even the HCUs and OTUs but cannot find these aircraft.
    Anyone got any ideas.


    Andy.

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    Telling us the names of the men would be a start

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    Andy

    Regarding 149 squadron.

    I have a copy of the book "Strong by Night" which is a specific reference for 149 squadron.

    If you list the crewmember names or aircraft serial numbers you require I will see if there is any relative content in my book. My email is euecn@hotmail.com

    "Strong by Night" is also available for purchase online if you prefer your own copy.

    Regards

    Eric

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    Names for 149 Squadron :


    McBulloch, H L
    Dane, George Alfred
    Mason, Anthony Lawrence
    Scott, Walter
    Tootell, Ronald Edgar
    Cato, Malcolm Vernon (RNZAF)
    Colebourne, William Arnold
    Butler, Percival Ernest
    Batchelor, Albert Edward
    Evans, Thomas Arthur
    Gibbins, Peter
    Hawkins, Robert Arthur
    Johnson, Henry Peter (RNZAF)
    Kerr, Malcolm Gilbert
    Lacey, Frank Arthur
    Moores, Eric
    Moss, Anthony Foreman
    Newcombe, Leslie Timothy
    Nicol, Jack Napier (RNZAF)
    Pole, Leslie Ernest (RNZAF)
    Rogers, William Frederick Douglas
    Smith, Ivor James Travers
    Sterling, Robert Carnac
    Thompson, John Edwin
    Thomson, Thomas
    Waters, Roland Harry
    Wood, Anthony Andre


    Names for 199 Squadron

    Bottomley, Ronald
    Morgon, Rupert Frank Reginald
    Murray, Hugh George (RAAF)
    Salkeld, Robert


    Andy

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    Andy,

    Loss detail for the four RNZAF personnel appears under 16 Jul 42 on p16 of Chorley's HCU volume.

    Errol

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    Errol,

    many thanks, should try using my eyes !

    Andy

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    Andy

    I sent you an email regarding the first name on your list.

    I shall look through them as time permits.

    "Strong by night" appears to be out of stock on Amazon.co.uk at present.

    Perhaps someone on the forum may be able to suggest an alternative source which may be used to purchase a copy.

    Eric

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    Andy,
    Chorley's Bomber Command Role of Honour has Bottomley and Salkeld as L.A.C.s whilst Morgon is shown as a sergeant and Murray as W.O. Respective Dates of Death are; 7/8/43 for Bottomley AND Salkeld, 30/1/44 for Morgon and 22/10/43 for Murray. Reference to the relevant volumes of BC Losses shows no 199 Sqdn losses on those dates, so perhaps it is logical to conclude that they were not aircrew, or possibly that if they were aircrew they may have died from injuries sustained on earlier operations. In the case of the two L.A.C.s, I would suggest they lost their lives in some sort of ground accident since I don't know of any instances of aircrew below sergeant in 1943.
    I can only suggest you attempt to obtain reference to Lakenheath's ORB for the relevant dates.
    Best Wishes,
    Bill.

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    Colebourne William Arnold hit by prop of Wellington N2944.

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    Butler Percival Ernest died from injuries in Wellington R1229.

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