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    Default 214th Squadron - Stirling BF337 - BU-B - 5th Sep 1942

    Hello,

    Anything known about these men. ( birth, hometown, address, enlistment, death )

    RCAF - J/6960 - F/L - John Gordon Smith - DFC - RCAF - POW
    RAF - 568070 - Sgt. - Elwyn Meredith - RAF - Age 22 - KIA
    RAF - 110609 - P/O - David Nasmyth Osborne - RAF - POW
    RAF - 1110178 - Sgt - William Bassington Watt - RAF - POW
    RAFVR - 949942 - Sgt. - Iain Menzies Robertson Stewart - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA
    RAFVR - 954272 - Sgt - George Davison - RAFVR - INJ/POW
    RNZAF - 411222 - Pilot Officer - Arthur McCarthy - RNZAF - Age 23 - KIA

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    Stirling BF337 - BU-B was airborne - 00:04 - 5th of Sep 42 from RAF Stradishall, Suffolk, UK
    Badly shot by a nightfighter near Groningen ( Oblt Herbert Ltje, 111./NJG1 )
    later, blew up and crashed 03:59 at Rouveen (Overijssel), 13 km NNE of Zwolle, Holland
    Those killed (3) are buried in Rouveen New General Cemetry

    J/6960 - F/L - Pilot - John Gordon Smith - DFC - RCAF - POW

    568070 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer/Gunner - Elwyn Meredith - RAF - Age 22 - KIA

    1016738 - 110609 - P/O - Navigator - David Nasmyth Osborne - RAF - POW

    1110178 - Sgt - Front Gunner - William Bassington Watt - RAF - POW

    949942 - Sgt. - W.Op./Air Gunner - Iain Menzies Robertson Stewart - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA

    954272 - Sgt - Rear Air Gunner - George Davison - RAFVR - INJ/POW

    411222 - Pilot Officer - Air Gunner - Arthur McCarthy - RNZAF - Age 23 - KIA

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    Sgt G. Davison was confined in Hospital due injuries - No POW No. -
    P/O D. N. Osborne was interned in Camp L3, POW No.680
    with F/L J. G. Smith, POW No.681 - Sgt W. B. Watt in Camps 8B/344, POW
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    Elwyn Meredith,
    Parents per CWGC:
    Son of Jacob Elwyn Meredith and Eleanor Evelyn Meredith, of Newport, Monmouthshire.

    FreeBMD.org.uk indicates he had a brother Kenneth B Meredith, the mothers maiden name being Blewitt.

    Kenneth Blewitt Meredith was a Royal marine in June 1945 when he sailed into New York. He gave his last permanent address as Newport Wales.

    There are a few Merediths listed in the phone book www.bt.com.

    that might help.
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    RCAF Casualty list 381 from Globe and Mail, 1942/09/29
    http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/newspapers/intro_e.shtml

    Lists him as follows!
    SMITH, John Gordon, Flight Lieutenant, prisoner of War, G. P. Smith (Father), Guatemala

    So his father was living in Guatemala at that time perhaps
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    There was a David N Osborne registered born in the West Derby District in the first quarter of 1914. Mothers surname was Speight.

    Sadly, David Nasmyth Osborne is registered having died in Aug 1998 in the Huntingdon district, date of birth being February 1914.

    He had at least two sisters, Anna and Elizabeth it seems, one dying in 1988 in Birmingham district. She was born in 1912.

    I can't really place an address for him or family however.

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    Elwyn MEREDITH (568070) enlisted 1935 Halton Apprentice RAF (Age 15/16 ?)

    Mark

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    PATS,

    From Vol Three of my 'For Your Tomorrow':

    McCARTHY, Pilot Officer Arthur.
    NZ411222; b Southsea, Hants., England 10 Sep 18; to NZ c.1920; Kowhai JHS, Auckland; butcher - D T Goodwin, Auckland. NZ Army/TF 2 yrs; RNZAF Levin/ITW as Air Observer u/t 16 Feb 41, remust as Air Gunner u/t 11 Apr 41, emb for Canada 29 Apr 41, att RCAF 14 May 41, 3WS 16 May 41, 4BGS 29 Sep 41, Air Gunners Badge & remust as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner & Sgt 24 Oct 41, Comm 27 Oct 41, 1 Y Dept 30 Oct 41, att RAF & emb for UK 3 Nov 41, 3PRC 14 Nov 41, 1SS 9 Dec 41, 2SS 21 Jan 42, 11OTU (Wellington - 1 op) 3 Mar 42, 214 Sqn (Stirling - 1 op only?) 8 Jul 42, kao 5 Sep 42. Staphorst (Rouveen) New General Cemetery - grave 5, Overijssel, Netherlands. Son of Fred Heap & Kate Elizabeth McCarthy (ne Newns), Remuera, Auckland; h of Margaret Robertson McCarthy (ne Ryan, later Topp) & f of 1d, New Lynn, Auckland. [phot. TWN 16.12.42].

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    Dennis, Marks and Errol,

    Thanks for this info.
    Got in contact with Meredith family.
    Will see if I can go further from their info.

    Latest about this crew is always here:
    http://www.teunispats.net/jack-edward-gibbs.htm#rouveen
    Last edited by PATS; 13th November 2009 at 13:25. Reason: link domain updated
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    Hello

    I came across this forum whilst doing family history stuff, and thought I had better join.
    David N Osborne was my great uncle.

    I noticed that you were gathering information about his squadron; albeit 4-5 years ago!
    Can I be of any help? To be honest I don't know much myself, but I can easily email his son David jnr.

    I love that you have some of his details already so I have saved those for my future reference, do you have any other info that you can share with me? maybe photos?
    All I know from the family story was that he was there in a neighbouring hut at Stalag Luft 3 to the hut where they made the Great Escape, and it was everyones job to make as much noise etc as possible when needed throughout the preparation.

    I did look at he link in PATS post - teunipats - but it was so long I couldn't see any thing related to DNO.

    I suppose this would be the site to find out about my granddad too as he was in the RAF (flight engineer with the Liberators i think) so you may see me elsewhere here in the near future :^)
    Any way I hope you are all still on here!
    look forward to hearing from someone soon!
    Thanks
    Charlii

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlilu View Post
    Hello

    All I know from the family story was that he was there in a neighbouring hut at Stalag Luft 3 to the hut where they made the Great Escape, and it was everyones job to make as much noise etc as possible when needed throughout the preparation.
    I always get these two mixed up, it was The Wooden Horse not TGE.

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