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    Default W/O H D. Scott. 19 Squadron

    Looking for details leading to the loss of this airman. I can find nothing in FCL. Any help appreciated.

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    SCOTT, HENRY DONALD. Rank: Warrant Officer (Pilot). Regiment or Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit: 19 Sqdn. Age at Death, 23. Date of Death: 18-08-1944.

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    I've just spent the last half hour flicking through Derek Palmer's "Fighter Squadron: History of XIX Squadron" and I cannot find him. He is not in the Roll of Honour, and nothing for that date associated with him.

    The question arises of what he is doing in Belgrade Cemetry, when the squadron had been doing sweeps over France since before D-Day?

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    OK, obviously a typo on the CWGC as the following names come up to:

    Name: POWELL, JOHN ALEXANDER
    Initials: J A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Group Captain
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 19 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 18/08/1944
    Awards: D S O, O B E
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 10A. C. 7-10.
    Cemetery: BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY

    Name: GANTZ, BASIL
    Initials: B
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Nav.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 19 Sqdn.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 18/08/1944
    Service No: 1395278
    Additional information: Son of Hyman and Harriett Gantz, of Willesden Green, Middlesex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 8. E. 10.
    Cemetery: BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY

    Name: McDERMOTT, WILLIAM
    Initials: W
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Nav./W.Op.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 19 Sqdn.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 18/08/1944
    Service No: 1007187
    Additional information: Son of Robert J. McDermott and Isabella McDermott, of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 10A. C. 7-10.
    Cemetery: BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY

    Name: REID, JAMES ROBERT FRASER
    Initials: J R F
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Nav.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 19 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 18/08/1944
    Service No: 152081
    Additional information: Son of James Robert and Williamina Reid, of Ealing, Middlesex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 10A. C. 7-10.
    Cemetery: BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY

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    Peter,

    According to the old printed version of the CWGC register all of the following are buried in Belgrade under death date of 18 Aug 44. All appear as serving with 19 Sqn SAAF (Allison's 'The Shall Grow Not Old' confirms 19 Sqn SAAF so for the RCAF man):

    Fg Off REID James Robert Fraser 152081 RAFVR (Nav)
    Flt Sgt GANTZ Basil 1395278 RAFVR (Nav)
    Fg Off NEILSON John Alexander J/14736 RCAF (Pilot)
    Flt Sgt McDERMOTT William 1007187 RAFVR (Nav/WOp)
    Wt Off SCOTT Henry Donald 981101 RAFVR (Pilot)
    Gp Capt POWELL John Alexander - DSO OBE RAF (Pilot?)

    19 Sqn SAAF was flying Beaufighters at the time. Must have been a bad day at the office, if three went down on the same date.

    Errol

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    Old thread about Powell. Powell & Reid in Beaufighter X7891:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=printer_format&om=9673&forum=DCForu mID6

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    Many thanks for your efforts chaps, it is appreciated

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    Peter.

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    My father, Art O'Neil, flew with these men in 19 SAAF, but not on this sortie. He notes in his diary:
    "A poor day today. Lost Scott, Mac, Neilson and Grant Reid. Got swell letters from Nona, Carm and Mom."
    Life went on I suppose. he does not mention Gantz and JA Powell.

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