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    Default Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    I'd like to firstly say there is a site on this but the problem is is that there's no information about this Carthew fellow I am talking about decides from a photo atleast. The plane he was aboard (EE138 "Easy") crashed on September 4th 1943 at roughly 2:24AM near Stadtil, Denmark. Any information will be much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    Tank, Hi,
    CWGC have him as Ewin Garth Carthew - this may have impeded your searches?
    The AE (Antipodean Experts) will - hopefully - be along shortly to give you what is known of this chap!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    There is a viewable repatriation file on the Australian Archives site if you search for it under 407963. One of the results is the file for another one of the crew Cyril Augustine Walsh. i don't know how much information you have already, but if you have not seen this it may help.

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1082579

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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    Presume you know he was the son of Thomas Edgar and Florence Ethel Carthew of Rendelsham, South Australia (CWGC website)

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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    Hi,


    What about this website.


    http://www.ee138.net/carthew.html


    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    Hi Tank,

    Google ‘Airwar over Denmark’ and go to the date there is a story of the loss of EE138, and photos of all the crew.

    They were shot down by Lt Karl Rechberger of 12./NJG3 at 02.32 for his second victory, he was shot down and wounded on 4/5 November 1943 with his victories at five. He was shot down by return fire from Sgt R N Ingres the rear gunner on Stirling BF461 from 75 Sqn.

    Cheers,

    John.
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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    Ok, Iíll reply to all of this,
    Resmoroh: I have seen CWGC and the grave of a torso from the plane and I donít know AE....
    Cozzy711: Walsh was apart of the crewman thanks for NAA!
    lyffe:I am aware of his family but thanks anyways.
    argus:I have seen the site before but aye!
    John Williams: Intresting, I knew a Lt K Rechbeger shot it down but i didnít know that lot of information.

    overall, thank you! John Williams, was it JU88C-6 Coded D5+AX? But a question remains, why did it cut through Denmark? Short on fuel maybe?


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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    Hi Tank,

    According to the ĎAirwar over Denmarkí site yes that was the aircraft Lt Karl Rechberger was flying when he shot down EE138 itís work number was 750500 it was also the aircraft he was shot down in November 1943, suffering a gunshot wound to the thigh.

    As to the reason why they took the short cut, yes they may have been short on fuel but they may have suffered damage from Flak or fighter and were in trouble.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    And I quote (from the owner of the property that it crashed on)..
    We woke up by hearing motor noise from two air planes, and at the same time we could hear shooting. I got up and I went to the window and saw two aeroplanes at great height firing at each other. the planes were coming from the South and passing above our heads while fire tongues from the German night fighter showed that there was shooting. They flew to the north but turned left Shortly afterwards, the planes returned again at a low altitude and the British plane was hit again by the German plane as it lifted back up into the sky, the British plane had been hit, and caught fire. Just South of Fuglbjerg the plane tipped over halfway and went down vertically. The height probably was a couple of hundreds meter, and the crew might not have dared jump out.

    Also, the other odd 300 Lancasters would have heard Lancaster EE138 Radio in that they were going through Denmark since..... and so on.
    And this is what the person (owner) said as well..

    When the plane hit the ground about 400 metres from here, it exploded in an enormous crash, like a big thing hitting water. It was so violent that people in Husby (14 km away) were awakened, and I remember that I instinctively jumped away from the window because it felt so close.

    Regards,
    tank.


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    Default Re: Warrant Officer Ewin Carthew RAAF 460th Squadron, Navigator on Lancaster EE138

    Quote Originally Posted by Argus View Post
    Hi,


    What about this website.


    http://www.ee138.net/carthew.html


    Regards

    Finn Buch
    Hello,

    Some substantial additions to the above site:

    267504 S/L Carl Richard KELAHER RAAF.

    Carl Richard Kelaher was among 43 applicants (out of more than 1,000!), that were selected for immediate cadetships in the RAAF in December, 1935. Air Cadet Kelaher commenced his cadetship at RAAF Point Cook in January 1936.
    On 3 June, 1936, during the course of his training at No.1 Flying Training School, RAAF Point Cook, Kelaher had cause, whilst performing aerobatics over Port Phililp Bay, to ditch Avro II Cadet A6-1 in the Bay. Kelaher, who was uninjured, was later picked up by a rescue launch and Avro Trainer A6-1 was later salvaged, repaired, and put back into service - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17239729 - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article244732326 . A fellow pilot in his flight, saw Kelaher's predicament and landed his plane on the the shore and proceeded to swim out to rescue Kelaher. As it turned out, both Cadets were picked up safely by the launch.
    In early January, 1937, Kelaher, and 11 other cadets, were selected for short-service commissions in the RAF. They embarked (via eastern state ports) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206180881 from Fremantle, Western Australia, on 18 January, 1937, for the UK. They arrived in the UK on 13 February, 1937.

    The following 12, former RAAF Air Cadets, were granted 5-year short-service commissions in the RAF on 19 February, 1937:

    39455 P/O Douglas Alexander CAMERON
    39456 P/O Robert James COSGROVE
    39461 P/O Paterson Clarence HUGHES
    39462 P/O Clive Lawson HULLOCK
    39463 P/O Lewis Lea JOHNSTON
    39465 P/O Carl Richard KELAHER
    39469 P/O Charles Gordon Chaloner OLIVE
    39472 P/O Anthony Edward ROBINSON
    39473 P/O Kenneth Russell ROGERS
    39474 P/O Desmond Frederick Burt SHEEN
    39475 P/O William Byam WIGHT
    39476 P/O Eric Wilson YATES.

    It should also be noted, that the following three RAAF airmen, AUS407963 Ewin Garth CARTHEW, AUS416558 Sidney Milton FORRESTER, and AUS401605 Cyril Augustine WALSH, attached to the RAF, all sailed to the UK on 24 August, 1942 on the same vessel. It being, the H.T. Westernland. The Westernland departed Sydney on the abovementioned date proceeded to Fremantle, Western Australia, then embarked for the UK on 7 September, 1942. The "Westerland" was part of convoy US.17. It reached Durban, South Africa, on 23 September,and was escorted to Cape Town on 3 October. The movements of the 3 airmen are a bit obscure to me, after that. I think they may have joined another convoy and proceeded to the UK. More advice on that would be welcomed.

    Col.
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