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    Default Large Number Unaccounted 7 March 1943 - Libya

    All with a unit of 880 AMES and buried Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya with Date 7th March 1943

    They are ONLY Airmen buried in Cemetery for that date

    Holden Bert Leading Aircraftman
    Bennett Sydney Leading Aircraftman
    Ladd John Cyril Corporal
    Cook Cyril Douglas Leading Aircraftman
    Logan William Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Edmond John Aircraftman 1st Class
    Saunders James Charles Leading Aircraftman

    I assume either an accident or attack on airfield

    880 AMES was a radar unit

    Any one Got Mediterranean Air War for period and can see if anything happened on that date

    Thanks Paul

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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 6 June 1944 - Libya

    Paul

    John Cyril Ladd's death was reported in the Merthyr Express of March 20th 1943, and the article records that he was 'killed by enemy action' so not an accident, it would seem.

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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 6 June 1944 - Libya

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...ibya&qunit=880

    There is also
    Aircraftman 1st Class David Nicolson COTTON (1551054) 1943-03-09 880 AMES Libya Tripoli War Cemetery

    Two days later - Died of wounds maybe?


    Okay, I have seen that Jon Hayworth had already given updates as a Facebook comment to all the above causalities but for some reason i missed them
    "Killed in an air raid which hit their radar station"

    It would be great if we can find references to these raids a bit more in detail.
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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 7 March 1943 - Libya

    Thereís a few multi loss events I havenít got around to yet - done a few , the 1944 Palestine train crash for example . If you want to extrapolate them with your computer wizardry Jagan , Iíll have a stab at them . From recall thereís a Uxb / mine episode in Normandy , road accidents In Italy , Corsica and holland , a few last non combat aircraft losses . Some incidents in India . Email me one of your PDFs and Iíll keep it to hand

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    I think Iíve also got LAC cotton . Rings a loud bell . Home in an hour , Iíll check my Libya notes for you

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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 7 March 1943 - Libya

    Jagan youíre a genius , I had his number wrong, my discalcula strikes again. David Nicholson cotton was definitely died of wounds sustained as a result of enemy air action

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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 7 March 1943 - Libya

    Some JU 88 attacked Neffatia airfield on this date - but I have no idea if the radar station was there or elsewhere

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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 7 March 1943 - Libya

    For good measure http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showth...736#post296736 asking the Luftwaffe Experts

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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 7 March 1943 - Libya

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    Some JU 88 attacked Neffatia airfield on this date - but I have no idea if the radar station was there or elsewhere
    Paul: Neffatia airfield was in Allied hands at this time, but is in Tunisia.

    At the time AMES No. 880 (a COL/CGI unit) was at Tripoli. It arrived there at the end of January '43, just a few days after 8th Army had taken the town.

    The Signals History Vol 1V, "Radar in raid reporting", p286, offers:

    "After the fall of Tripoli on 23 January 1943, the enemy began to withdraw to the Mareth defences. Tripoli now became the main port and supply base of the Eighth Army, and as such it was expected to become the target for considerable air effort at night by the enemy. To counter these attacks a flight of Beaufighter aircraft of No. 89 Squadron was moved forward on 27th January 1943, the day after the port was opened, and, controlled by AMES No. 880, took part in combatting the enemy night raids. Some time later this unit became the target of an enemy raid. The receiver vehicle was destroyed and thirteen casualties were incurred, seven fatal."

    89 Squadron's F540 adds nothing - other to confirm that on March 7th there was an "Enemy air raid on Tripoli harbour."

    HTH
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    Default Re: Large Number Unaccounted 7 March 1943 - Libya

    Niall

    Thanks for that- Looks like we have the 7 Casualties as listed killed directly in attack (as per report) and 1 two days later of wounds received

    Another 8 Unaccounted now Accounted for

    Kind Regards

    Paul

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