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    Hi All,

    I was wondering if anyone could help with the identity and maybe the events surrounding the death of a rear gunner killed on a training mission. The log reads:-

    '25/9/1945 - Lib 'E' - F/O Walsh (pilot) - Instructor (Maxwell) - Air to Air . rear Gunner Killed - 0.40

    The log is signed at the end of the month by Gordon R Cudworth (possibly Ludworth) (F/Lt) for CFI. There is no identity of the unit.

    My man, the instructor is M D Maxwell a W/Op AG who had then completed 2 tours, the first with 415 Squadron (RCAF) and the second with 53 Squadron.

    I was hoping that someone adept at CWGC entries may find the unknown rear gunner on there?!

    Many thanks

    Russ

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    Possible candidate:

    Name: PATCHING, GEORGE JOHN
    Initials: G J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 25/09/1945
    Service No: 1866798
    Additional information: Son of Arthur Albert and Eliza Patching, of Kennington.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Screen Wall. Panel 13. Square 5. Coll. Grave 41451
    Cemetery: NUNHEAD (ALL SAINTS) CEMETERY

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    Hi Russ,

    quite an ineteresting storiy. Would you share a little bit - if you know more details? What was the reason of his death?

    Pavel
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    Thanks Amrit,

    Sgt. Patching does look the obvious candidate.

    Pavel, I don't know any more, it is just an entry in the log book. Also there is no unit attached to the entries, just the signature at the end so I cannot get any ORB entries. Maxwell left 53 Squadron at the end of October 1944 and went straight to instructing on gunnery flying a number of a/c including Liberators, Halifaxes, Fortresses and Martinets (Drogue towing).

    Russ

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    Opps Russ,

    I will be glad to help you with any more info but without serial number or unit it will be difficult. Are there mentioned any planes in the same period with its serial number?

    Pavel
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    Just to add

    Gordon Roy CUDWORTH (152580).

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    Thanks for that Amrit.

    Pavel, I have e mailed you scans of the relevent pages to have a look at.

    Cheers,

    Russ

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    Hi,
    I could see nothing in Broken Wings or The Price of Peace.
    Alex

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    Friend of mine also checked BCL - HCUs and OTUs - no info

    Pavel
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    Patching has an entry in the death register at Drainie, Moray. "Death due to war operations, flying accident". Registered on the information of OC 111 OTU Lossiemouth.

    HTH

    regards

    DaveW

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