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    Default Sargeant Robert Armstrong (1826642) KIA Op Varsity 24/03/1945 (moved)

    I'm try to research as much info as I can on my wife's great uncle Sergeant Robert Armstrong. We have one photo of him in uniform and a photo of his headstone in Reichswald Forrest war Cemetery. We know that he was KIA after the glider they were towing was released and their Halifax was hit, we have letters stating Robert was thrown clear of the aircraft but was to low to deploy his parachute.
    I've noticed three other airmen all buried at Reichswald Forrest war Cemetery and killed on the same date am I wrong in assuming that these would be his fellow crew members. We have his flight log book and his Flight /Lt was a officer named Priest.
    I would really appreciate if anyone has any further information or photo's they could provide.

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    Dave

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    Hello Dave and welcome to the forum. I have moved your post to the GENERAL forum where it will get more attention.

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    Bruce
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    Hello,

    Here are the details I have on hand:

    24-3-1945
    No.296 Sqn
    Halifax B.III NA131*
    Op: "Varsity"

    Towed Horsa glider loaded with troops and equipment. Aircraft hit by flak and crashed in flames.

    KIA.
    135726 F/L (Pilot) Harold Stanley PRIEST RAFVR +
    1826642 F/Sgt (F/E) Robert ARMSTRONG RAFVR +
    1579355 F/Sgt (A/B) George Edward James HOLMES RAFVR +
    1152713 F/Sgt (A/G) Richard BROTHWOOD RAFVR +

    All buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Survivors (In hospital)
    ??????? W/O (???) M.E.N. ALLEN
    ??????? W/O (???) K.F. ROGERS

    See:
    A Noble Pair of Brothers A History of 38 Group.
    Wood,D H W/C (Ret.)
    pp.146-7

    * Re: Halifax III NA131 - Though Without Anger/Cummings/pp.544 & 601 and The Halifax File/Roberts/A-B/p.100, record this aircraft with 298 Sqn and crashing in the circuit at Tarrant Rushton on 26-3-1945 (Can't access my A-B Serials volume at the moment).

    No.296 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1645 Summary of Events - 1-1-42 to 31-1-46 - Image 326 of 472) records serial as: NA131, Missing 24-3-1945.

    Col.
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    Possibly
    Maurice Edwin Nelson Allen
    b. 16 Jun 1922 Leicester.
    d. Jan 1996 Leicester.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Just as a matter of interest, this crew and loss don't seem to be in Colin Cummings' book 'Though Without Anger' nor in Chorley's Bomber Command Losses volume 6 for 1945.

    The only Halifax losses on that date in 'Though Without Anger' are MZ959 and NA669 of 644 Sqn and NA311 of 298 Sqn.

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    Simon

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    Thanks for the reply's, Today I downloaded No.296 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1645 Summary of Events - 1-1-42 to 31-1-46 - Image 326 of 472) records serial as: NA131, Missing 24-3-1945 from the National Archives and I'm just working my way through it.

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