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    Default Burials Malta (Capuccini Naval Cemetery)

    What caused the death of:

    18-1-1941:
    AC1 Trevor D. BACKES - 906019 - 148 Sqn (Luqa);
    AC1 Edward S. BARLOW - 954524.

    28-1-1941:
    Sgt Douglas H. CAMERON - 517813 - killed on active service;
    Sgt Arthur H. MAY - 365514 - 365514 - killed on active service;
    Sgt (Ag) Thomas REAY - 751646 - 148 Sqn (Luqa) - not found Flight archives, and
    Sgt Wilfred WARREN - 349651 - 148 Sqn (Luqa) - Flight archives: Missing believed killed on active service (while engaged in non-operational flying duties or on the ground through enemy action).

    It's known that Luqa suffered an air raid 28-1-1941.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Malta, the Hurricane Years, 1940-41:
    Page 138

    "28/1-1/2/41 Little was seen of the Axis ... the only raid of note being that made
    during the early morning of 28 January when a single aircraft bombed Luqa, where four airmen were killed and nine wounded. "

    Looks like these are your four airmen

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    There was also a raid on Luqa and Hal Far on the 18th January - Do not know if anybody was killed in this

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    Added confirmation of Paul's post

    From: http://website.lineone.net/~remosliema/airman1915702.htm

    "Thomas REAY, Sergeant, 751646, Wellington crew member. About half an hour before midnight on the 3rd November 1940 a Flight of Wellington bombers prepared to take off from Luqa airfield each carrying a full load of bombs on a mission to attack the city of Naples.

    The first aircraft became airborne and headed for Italy, the second Wellington (T2743) piloted by Sergeant Raymond Lewin failed to get higher than about 500 feet when it started to go down, and crashed in open ground near Tal Handaq, and burst into flames. Realizing that the aircraft had full petrol tanks and a number of bombs, he told his crew to get out of the area as quickly as possible.

    Sergeant Thomas Reay survived this horrendous event, together with Sergeant Raymond Lewin, Sergeant Archibald Hunter, and unter, Leading Aircraftsman John Hollingworth, but Pilot Officer David Allen died from his injuries. About half an hour later, the fourth Wellington in this Flight crashed onto houses in Qormi

    Three months later he was killed in an air raid on 28th January 1941"

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    Thanks Paul for info and Amrit for confirmation; much appreciated.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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