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    I am helping research into the men on the King's School Worcester war memorial. I have been unable to trace how these airman met their deaths. The only details I have are below including date of death. Can anyone help?
    BEARCROFT, Edward Michael Fraser Flight Sergeant 1164973 17/01/1942 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve BONE WAR CEMETERY, ANNABA
    DREW, Dennis Waterman Segeant (Pilot) 1208916 04/05/1942 78 Sqn RAFVR HAMBURG CEMETERY, Germany
    GREEN, John Gordon Flying Officer 119553 23/03/1943 511Sqn. RAFVR RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    HODDINOTT, Charles Richard Carlton Flight Sergeant 940008 16/03/1944 RAFVR 142 Sqd BARI WAR CEMETARY, Italy
    HOWORTH, Gerald Statt (Stott?) Pilot Officer 161967 17/05/1944 RAFVR WORCESTER (ASTWOOD) CEMETERY
    KITSON, George Graham Sergeant 946806 22/06/1943 RAFVR 57 Sqn EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY, Netherlands
    MORRIS, Jeffery Richard Sergeant 1180178 22/09/1941 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

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    Mark

    Hello, and welcome to the Forum.

    Here are a few:

    BEARCROFT, Edward Michael Fraser Flight Sergeant 1164973 - see:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...1942-(Algeria)

    16/17 Jan 1942
    OADU [Overseas Air Dispatch Unit]
    Wellington IC Z9030
    Delivery Flight.

    Took off Gibraltar for Luqa. Hit a hillside in a storm, 850 km W of Bone. The dead are buried in Bone War Cemetery. Sgt Bellamy, in the rear turret, survived, and was interned until November 1942

    F/Sgt E M F Bearcroft +
    Sgt G D Everett +
    Sgt C R Collinson +
    Sgt E J Barrett +
    Sgt A J N Fry +
    Sgt D W Bellamy Interned.

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean Vol.1: 1939-1942.
    Gunby,David & Pelham Temple.
    Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2006.
    p.119


    HODDINOTT, Charles Richard Carlton Flight Sergeant 940008 - see:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...nott&styleid=3

    Wellington III HF764

    Took off Foggia, detailed to bomb the Marshalling Yards at Sofia, Bulgaria. The aircraft was returning from the mission and at 0458 asked for landing instructions . This was given and the reception was weak. No reply was received from the aircraft. At approx 0515, at dawn, the aircraft crashed into a hillside 20 miles due west of Foggia. Three of the crew were killed and two injured.

    AUS35255 F/Sgt (Pilot) Roy William O'MALLEY RAAF -Injured (Admitted to No.25 MFH)
    AUS422477 F/Sgt (Nav.) James Wharton Severn FISHER RAAF +
    940008 F/Sgt (Nav./B) Charles Richard Carlton HODDINOTT RAFVR +
    1322416 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James Butler MORTON RAFVR +
    1454291 Sgt (Air Gnr.) W H S TITE RAFVR - Injured (Shock, no physical inj., back at unit)

    HOWORTH, Gerald Stott Pilot Officer 161967 - the National Probate Calendar records tat he died at The R.A.F. Hospital, Hereford.

    KITSON, George Graham Sergeant 946806 - Lancaster W4377 - see:

    https://www.studiegroepluchtoorlog.n...mk-i-w4377-dx/

    MORRIS, Jeffery Richard Sergeant 1180178 - see:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...lost-22-9-1941

    Wellington Z8335 OADU lost on delivery flight 22/9/1941 Luqa - Eqypt. Crew lost at sea all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    Sgt R.B HEWITT
    Sgt J.C EDWARDS-CROSS
    Sgt A.J.B HALLETT
    Sgt A.F.W MORAES
    Sgt E.J MUTTON RCAF
    Sgt A.R POWELL RCAF

    Source - Bomber Losses in the Mediterranean - Volume 1 1939-1942 David Gunby & Pelham Temple

    I'm sure someone can add details for Drew and Green.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Thank you Simon that is just the information I was looking for. Lets hope I get similar replies for the others

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    No problem Mark. Here are the details for Drew and Green:

    DREW, Dennis Waterman Sergeant (Pilot) 1208916 - lost in Halifax II W7662. From the AWM website:

    Halifax W7662 took off from RAF Croft at 2254 hours on the night of 3/4 May 1942, detailed to bomb Hamburg, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base.

    Crew:
    RAAF 400588 PO Hedge, A W Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt D W Drew, (2nd Pilot)
    RAF Sgt F R Hipwell, (Flight Engineer)
    RAF Sgt J Hewitson, (Observer)
    RAF Sgt J A Lloyd, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAAF 406548 PO Copeland, G W (Mid Upper Gunner)
    RAF Sgt J E Hanna, (Rear Gunner)

    The aircraft crashed at Lunburg Heath and six of the crew were killed with Sgt Hanna being a POW. Those killed are buried in the Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany. The Cemetery is situated in a large civil cemetery known locally as the ‘Ohlsdorf Cemetery’

    Sgt Hanna later reported : “The aircraft was hit [by flak] during enemy action and Sgt Hewitson was wounded. I heard the Captain tell PO Copeland to attend to the wounded man. Hewitson was badly wounded in two places. Soon after one of the engines caught fire and the Captain gave the order to adjust Hewitson’s chute and get him clear of the aircraft. Shortly the Captain ordered abandon A/c which I did. I saw the aircraft crash and I think I saw one of the wings come off, which may account for the others failing to escape.”


    GREEN, John Gordon, Flying Officer 119553 - lost in Liberator AL587. Also from the AWM website:
    Liberator AL587 of 511 Sqn RAF took off from Gibraltar at 1036 hours on 23 March 1943 for Lyneham, UK. At 1349 hours an SOS was received from the aircraft from its then position of 43.40N, 10.40W. Subsequent searches were unsuccessful in finding the missing aircraft which did not reach its destination.

    German radio stated that two four engine aircraft, one with British markings, were shot down in the Bay of Biscay on 23 March 1943.
    Crew:
    AL 587 was crewed by RAF and RCAF members, and carried a mix of RAF, RNZAF, RCAF and RAAF passengers.
    RAAF 408535 FO Stuart, F (Pilot) was a passenger in AL587, and it was recorded in 1948 that he had lost his life at sea.

    A full crew and passenger list, which includes Green, is on page 137 of "Though Without Anger" by Colin Cummings.

    Regards

    Simon

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