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    Can anyone help me please regarding the death of Pilot Officer Robert Vevers, 87653 on 28 November 1940.
    He is named on the Runnymede Memorial and is listed on the CWGC database as Royal Air Force but without a squadron number.
    He was promoted from Leading Aircraftman 976937 with effect from 3 November 1940 (LG 3/12/1940)
    The Scottish National War Memorial gives his place of birth as Dunfermline in Fife and he was born there in 1915.
    He is named on the family gravestone in Dunfermline Cemetery. However the only war memorial to name him is Langholm in Dumfriesshire where he attended both Langholm and Dumfries Academies before living in Edinburgh.

    The local newspaper in December 1940, in reporting that he is missing, mentions him joining the RAF in February "last" and I'm wondering if that means 1939 (pre-war) hence he is RAF rather than RAFVR????

    Any information would be most welcome.
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    Ken

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    Ken

    From Bomber Command Losses, Volume 7, page 35:

    20 O.T.U.
    Wellington Ia N2884
    Op. Training.

    Took off from Lossiemouth for a night navigation exercise over the North Sea. Last heard on W/T sending SOS and indicating that the port engine had failed and height could not be maintained. It is assumed that shortly after 1806 hrs the aircraft went into the sea some 70 miles east of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Other crews in the exercise area reported very bad weather and heavy seas. All nine crew killed.
    F/O. C D. Birch DFC
    P/O. R. Vevers
    Sgt. B. Butler
    Sgt. J C. Dickson MID
    Sgt. N. Gaskell
    Sgt. T. Graham
    Sgt. D G. Johnson
    Sgt. M. Ward
    Sgt. D. Williamson

    Regards

    Simon

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    3rd Nov. 1940. 976937 LAC (almost certainly RAFVR) Robert VEVERS Cmd Plt Off(p) RAFVR (87653) GD Branch.
    Block 965000-1149977 RAFVR Padgate 01-Sep-39 - (possibly)31-Mar-41.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Simon/Peter - Many, many thanks.

    As an aside the pilot was Colin Granville Birch rather than C.D.Birch, D.F.C.

    Cheers
    Ken

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