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    Default Sergeant 1585534 Peter Frederick Hanberger

    Can anyone help me with information relating to my uncle the above named who served with 15 Squadron and was killed on active duty on 4th May 1943 flying in a Lancaster Bomber.

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    Sharon, Welcome, Hi,
    It seems most likely that yr uncle Enlisted at Weston-super-Mare during (or after) Sep 1941. He is recorded on the CWGC site as being KIA on (as you say) 4 May 43 aged 20 as a member of 15 Sqn. There are 15 Sqn experts on this Forum. They will, no doubt (and in due course), steer you in the right direction(s) to obtain the maximum amount of information.
    Be warned! Some of these requests for information are easy. But some are b****y difficult!! Hope yrs is in the first category. But if not, there are experts here who will guide you into the paths of righteousness (well, at least for RAF WW2 aviation research!!!).
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    Peter Davies
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    Hi Sharon
    The Amersfoort (Old Leusden) General Cemetery where your uncle is buried has a website that details the loss and has pictures of the crew's graves as well as two of the crew along with a newspaper article. Apparently two of the crew managed to get out of the aircraft and hid in a well and were later found dead in it.
    http://home.hetnet.nl/~olgaenron/15%20squadron.htm.
    It says that it was not a Lancaster but Short Stirling BK 782 that was coded LS-X.
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    Dave Wallace
    Last edited by David Wallace; 23rd July 2008 at 14:57.

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    Sharon,
    See what I mean?
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    Some additional information from Chorley's Bomber Command losses of 1943:
    P/O TE Emberson +
    Sgt HG Brown +
    P/O WC Lambie +
    Sgt G Rutherford +
    Sgt GA Rodway +
    Sgt PF Hanberger +
    Sgt HG Mugridge +

    t/o 22:46 Mildenhall. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed 01:45 between Houten and Schalkwijk (Utrecht), two communities on either side of the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal, SSE of Utrecht. All are buried in Amersfoort (Old Leusden) General Cemetery. Sgt Rutherford was a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    The cemetery website also has a picture of the crash, it is amazing that two of the crew survived the initial impact when you see the picture.
    Dave Wallace

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    Sharon,
    I say again - "See what I mean".
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    Default 1585534 Sgt Peter Fredrick Hanberger

    Hello Sharon.
    Peter Hanberger was my wifes uncle also, Peter was the youngest of 7 children my wifes mother being the eldest. We have a photo of peters headstone, which as you proberly know is in AMERSFOORT GENERAL CEMETERY. They were obtained through the Commonwealth War Graves Commision in 1985. We live in Cambridgshire and are both aged 76
    My e-mail is douglas.brooker@yahoo.co.uk
    01353 665463
    Doug Brooker

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