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    Looking for details on the death of Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Thomas Hayward - 522167, 7 squadron, died 21- Dec-1941, buried Loxley, Sheffield. Death recorded as 'Died of wounds or injuries received in action' in casualty communique.

    Appears to be only UK buried casualty from that squadron, can only assume that he died of injuries received on board an aircraft that made it back safely, possibly from the 18th December raid on Brest.

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    Hello,

    Tom Docherty, in his history of No.7 Squadron, records the following:

    The Channel ports received regular visits from Bomber Command throughout 1941 and on 18 December the target was Brest... (Stirling) N6095:MG-K, captained by P/O G.T. Heard*, was struck in the astrodome by flak just after the bomb run. The flight engineer, Sgt Hayward, was badly wounded and the rear gunner, Sgt Inman, was wounded in the shoulder. Inman did not report this to the crew and remained at his guns. Hayward eventually succumbed to his multiple injuries. The Stirling was also attacked by fighters.

    * Actually, AUS400708 F/O Geoffrey Thomas HEARD RAAF - + 26-3-1942, No.7 Sqn - Stirling I N3709 - BCL3/51.

    See:
    No.7 Bomber Squadron RAF in World War II.
    Docherty,Tom.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2007.
    p.41,

    Col.
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    Hello Martyn

    You're right, he was wounded on the raid against Brest on the 18th, and died of Traumatic pneumonia on the 21st.

    He was flying in Stirling I N6095. I decipher the individual letter K in the ORB. Captain was P/O G.T. HEARD. Astrodome blown off by Flak. 09:47 - 14:57.

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    Gentleman,

    As always you have come up with the information, thanks for your help.

    Martyn A Critchlow

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