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    Dear all

    I came across this obituary online of a Dutch resistance worker. There is a mention of a crew member Neville Andrews who apparently was lost when the Whitley he was in crashed. I cannot find any mention of him in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

    Can anyone help me pin down the date so I can identify the Whitley involved please?

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    Elliott Smock
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    The man you are after is probably P/O Neville Halsey Andrew, RNZAF, 78sqdn, kia, 01/10/40

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    Forgot to add Whitley P4964

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    Hi
    Andrew's details are on CWGC http://www.cwgc.org/search/SearchResults.aspx?surname=ANDREW&initials=N+H&war =0&yearfrom=1940&yearto=1940&force=Air&nationality =6&send.x=28&send.y=10 and the loss is confirmed in Chorley BCL Vol 1
    You might have missed earlier with the "s" on the end of the name.
    CWGC has him as RAF,which suggests that he enlisteddirect into the UK Service and, as it is RAF, probably pre-war. There are brief details of him on the Aukland Museum Memorial site under Cenotaph confirm him as a New Zealander
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    Dick
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    Thanks Alan and Dick - you have solved the mystery.
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    Elliott,

    From Vol Three of my 'For Your Tomorrow':

    ANDREW, Pilot Officer Neville Halsey.
    36252 (no No. in RNZAF); b Ellesmere 31 Mar 19; Marton DHS (1st XV & Capt 1st XI); farm hand - father's farm. RNZAF Civil Reserve Pilot/Wanganui Aero Club from late Oct 37, 'A' Licence 10 Mar 38, [flew 115 hrs prior RNZAF], selected for RAF SSComm; RNZAF & to Wanganui Aero Club as Pilot u/t 26 Jun 39, 1FTS & Comm 12 Sep 39, Pilots Badge 18 Dec 39, GTS 15 Jan 40, att RAF & emb for UK 20 Feb 40, arr & t/frd to RAF SSComm & 1 Depôt 9 Apr 40, 12OTU (Anson/Battle) 19 Apr 40, 10OTU (Whitley) 13 Jul 40, 78 Sqn (Whitley - 18 ops) 3 Aug 40, kao 1 Oct 40. Hummelo-en-Keppel (Hummelo) General Cemetery - coll. grave 1-5, Gelderland, Netherlands. Son of Isaac & Edith Alice Andrew (née Cox), Marton. [phot. TWN 24.1.40 & 9.10.40].

    Errol

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    Thanks Errol
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