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    Default Sunderland DP197, 4 OTU, 15/08/44

    A friend would like to know who the 15th member of the crew on this aircraft was.

    14 of them are buried at Rosskeen cemetery but the 15th isn't and as they were with an OTU the unit was not recorded on their headstones.

    I have got it down to 6 possibles / people I haven't been able to rule out:

    F/O David Nairn Blyth, 152432, Buried Edinburgh (Rosebank) Cemetery.
    Sgt Arthur Hale, 1672855, Buried Newcastle upon Tyne (Byker & Heaton) Cemetery.
    G/Cpt Anthony Oliver Molesworth, Buried Cambridge City Cemetery.
    F/Sgt John Simson Piper, 1880334, Buried Coulsdon Churchyard.
    S/Ldr James Lister Smith, 89712, Buried Aberuthven Cemetery.
    S/Ldr George Albert Wilkins, 45120, Buried Cambridge City Cemetery.

    I doubt it is Molesworth, Smith or Wilkins.

    The ORB for 4 OTU isn't of much use, August 15th 1944, “Sund S 4(C)OTU crashed 0030 hours (approx) 15th August, at position Creagh-a-Croinach after being recalled from Radar Exercise. 15 members of crew – no survivors.”

    The Form 1180 also records 15 crew.
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    Hi Alan,

    This is the crew list I have:

    F/O R S Rowson RCAF
    F/O A N Unser RCAF
    F/L R L Mercer RCAF
    F/L W B Sargent RCAF
    P/O P A Whyte RCAF
    F/O T B Wood RCAF
    P/O R W Fulton RCAF
    P/O V C Stordy RCAF
    W/O L H Ludington RCAF
    F/Sgt A Di Pesa RCAF
    F/Sgt N Dlusy RCAF
    Sgt W Komer RCAF
    W/O R E Jackson RAAF
    F/Sgt R C Norton
    Sgt D R Trask

    I have a file note to check Rowson as Pilot.

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    Hello,

    See the thread on this Sunderland in the Key publishing forum by "pondskater" even has pictures of the rowe of headstones in the cemetery as well as pics of the crash site which is quite boggy. I was interested in Jackson, it seemed to me that although he was in the RAAF and enlisted down under he was from what i could glean, adopted and nationality was given as British so could he have been an orphan sent out before WW2 ? or did his family die or were killed in Australia long before WW2 ?
    It was suggested that one of the crew may still be at the crash site as there were only fourteen headstones (IIRC).

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 3rd August 2008 at 22:06.

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    Ross thanks for the crew list.

    There are only 14 headstones at Rosskeen, I haven't been myself but the friend who asked about has. I now see why, Dlusy is buried in Glasgow (Glenduffhill) Jewish Cemetery.

    I hadn't seen the thread over on the old flypast forum, time to go and track it down.

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    Last edited by alclark; 4th August 2008 at 01:03. Reason: Extra info
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    Hello Alan,

    Many thanks for the update re the 15th man.

    Alex

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