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    Default Sgt Pilot 1253897 Francis L D WALTERS, 61 Squadron, Lancaster ED703

    Good afternoon.

    Sgt Pilot Francis Walters came from Wanstead in London, where his father Christopher was a builder. He was lost with his crew flying Lancaster ED703 of 61 Squadron to Munich on 9/10 March 1943. His crew were; Sgt H McCullough, Sgt A Spencer, Sgt F Bestwick, Sgt G Young (RCAF), Sgt C Daley (RCAF), and Sgt A Briggs. By chance does anybody have an individual or crew picture of him which could be used in an updated memorial booklet. No photo was provided in 1946 for the original Roll of Honour. Any assistance would be more than welcome.

    Many thanks,

    "Squawk"

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    Hi,

    They are all buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Bavaria, Germany.

    Ludo

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    Default Sgt Pilot 1253897 Francis L D WALTERS, 61 Squadron, Lancaster ED703

    Thanks for responding Ludo. We are gathering much more information now compared with the original entry of "lost on air operations over Europe" His picture would really complete the update.
    Best regards,

    "Squawk"

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    I have a photograph of Sgt Pilot Francis Walters (my second cousin 1 x removed) in civilian dress when he was my fathers best man..June 1937 if interested.All of his family are now deceased.

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    Hello,

    Squawk hasn't visited the board since October of 2017.

    I've sent an email advising them of your offer.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi Squawk,
    I have been collecting data on 61 Sqn and I am missing 3 aircraft codes that the Walters crew flew.
    Here is my list of the Walters operations:
    DATE ACFT CODE TARGET PILOT FE/P2 NAV AB WOP AG1 AG2
    13-Nov-42 W4279 QR-Z GENOA WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A COCKS C YOUNG G DALEY C BRIGGS A
    18-Nov-42 W4236 QR-W TURIN WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A MORGAN B YOUNG G DALEY C BRIGGS A
    08-Dec-42 W4198 QR-L TURIN WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A YOUNG G E BRIGGS A HAWKINS E DALEY C
    09-Dec-42 ED359 QR-F TURIN WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    14-Dec-42 W4270 QR-T GARDENING WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    20-Dec-42 W4769 QR-V DUISBERG WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    21-Dec-42 W4279 QR-Z MUNICH WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    11-Jan-43 W4192 QR-E ESSEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A HAWKINS E
    12-Jan-43 ED332 QR-D ESSEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A HAWKINS E
    21-Jan-43 W4270 QR-T ESSEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A HAWKER B YOUNG G DALEY C BRIGGS A
    23-Jan-43 W4270 QR-T DUSSELDORF WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H ADAMS R HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A DOLBY E
    27-Jan-43 W4830 QR-E DUSSELDORF WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H STOTT A HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    11-Feb-43 W4269 QR-G WILHELMSHAVEN WALTERS F FROST R SPENCER A BROWN A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    14-Feb-43 W4269 QR-G MILAN WALTERS F WARNE T P2 SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    19-Feb-43 W4269 QR-G WILHELMSHAVEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    21-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? BREMEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    25-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? NUREMBURG WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G RANKIN H DALEY C
    26-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? COLOGNE WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G DALEY C CRAWSHAW W
    28-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? ST NAZAIRE WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    03-Mar-43 W4899 QR-? HAMBURG WALTERS F RICHARDS F SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    08-Mar-43 ED703 QR-? NUREMBURG WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    09-Mar-43 ED703 QR-? MUNICH WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A BESTWICK F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C

    If anyone has information as to the codes of ED702, W4899 and W4381 I would greatly appreciated.

    Ken

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    That is ED703 not 702, my mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francisjbb View Post
    I have a photograph of Sgt Pilot Francis Walters (my second cousin 1 x removed) in civilian dress when he was my fathers best man..June 1937 if interested.All of his family are now deceased.
    Well, thank you very much for taking the trouble to respond. Yes I would certainly like a scan of the picture you have. Far from this being closed research, the school is planning to put details of their WW2 fallen online, and this means there is now a picture for each of the RAF casualties.

    Could I suggest an info swap - I can send you with pleasure what I have on Walters including photos of the school war memorial. To avoid boring/annoying the other forum members I think that would be best done by pm.

    I will be in touch.

    Best regards,

    Adrian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkynan View Post
    Hi Squawk,
    I have been collecting data on 61 Sqn and I am missing 3 aircraft codes that the Walters crew flew.
    Here is my list of the Walters operations:
    DATE ACFT CODE TARGET PILOT FE/P2 NAV AB WOP AG1 AG2
    13-Nov-42 W4279 QR-Z GENOA WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A COCKS C YOUNG G DALEY C BRIGGS A
    18-Nov-42 W4236 QR-W TURIN WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A MORGAN B YOUNG G DALEY C BRIGGS A
    08-Dec-42 W4198 QR-L TURIN WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A YOUNG G E BRIGGS A HAWKINS E DALEY C
    09-Dec-42 ED359 QR-F TURIN WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    14-Dec-42 W4270 QR-T GARDENING WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    20-Dec-42 W4769 QR-V DUISBERG WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    21-Dec-42 W4279 QR-Z MUNICH WALTERS F HALL P SPENCER A HAWKINS F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    11-Jan-43 W4192 QR-E ESSEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A HAWKINS E
    12-Jan-43 ED332 QR-D ESSEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A HAWKINS E
    21-Jan-43 W4270 QR-T ESSEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A HAWKER B YOUNG G DALEY C BRIGGS A
    23-Jan-43 W4270 QR-T DUSSELDORF WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H ADAMS R HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A DOLBY E
    27-Jan-43 W4830 QR-E DUSSELDORF WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H STOTT A HAWKER B YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    11-Feb-43 W4269 QR-G WILHELMSHAVEN WALTERS F FROST R SPENCER A BROWN A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    14-Feb-43 W4269 QR-G MILAN WALTERS F WARNE T P2 SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    19-Feb-43 W4269 QR-G WILHELMSHAVEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    21-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? BREMEN WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    25-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? NUREMBURG WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G RANKIN H DALEY C
    26-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? COLOGNE WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G DALEY C CRAWSHAW W
    28-Feb-43 W4381 QR-? ST NAZAIRE WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    03-Mar-43 W4899 QR-? HAMBURG WALTERS F RICHARDS F SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    08-Mar-43 ED703 QR-? NUREMBURG WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A ROBERTS E A YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C
    09-Mar-43 ED703 QR-? MUNICH WALTERS F MCCULLOUGH H SPENCER A BESTWICK F YOUNG G BRIGGS A DALEY C

    If anyone has information as to the codes of ED702, W4899 and W4381 I would greatly appreciated.

    Ken
    Many thanks for this chronology Ken.

    As I thought, I have disposed of most of my original papers from 2011, but looking at those I scanned and from memory I think the codes for these three aircraft were not included in the ORB. I will likely be at National Archives again sometime later this year and can check this for you if you wish.

    Best regards,

    Adrian.

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    Hi Adrian,
    I have the full ORB for 61 Sqn and there are no listings of codes, only aircraft serial numbers. Most of the missing codes I have found from aircrew logbooks and recently from a photograph of an operations board. They are difficult to discover particularly in the case of ED703 as it only flew on two operations. Anyway, thank you for the offer.
    Ken

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