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    In Peterborough (Eastfield) Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, there are 4 Czechoslovakian airmen buried during 1940. It looks like a crew (Wellington?) Does anyone have any details please?

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    Your guys are probably:

    4 KOUKOL, FRANTISEK, F
    Sergeant 787615 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 01/10/1940 25 Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 174.
    SKUTIL, JAROSLAV, J
    Pilot Officer 82529 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 01/10/1940 30 Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 165.
    6 SLOVAK, JOSEF, J
    Pilot Officer 82638 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 01/10/1940 28 Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 165.
    14 VALOSEK, OSKAR, O
    Sergeant 787244 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 01/10/1940 24 Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 174.


    I suspect Pavel may have their details
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    Peter Davies
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    Anson R9649. (Chorley Vol.1 page 115).
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    Henk.

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    Hi all,

    yes they were killed when the fire started aboard the Anson. Only a Pilot /O Nemec and one of navigators P/O Kula bale out before the plane crashed...
    According to the investigation the fire was started by accident with Verey Pistol and from the reports of surviving crew members the British WO instructor Sgt Powis was standing closest to the Verey pistol stowage...

    Hope this answers the rest of questions.

    Pavel
    Last edited by CZ_RAF; 20th November 2008 at 20:14. Reason: typo
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    Thank you Peter, Henk and Pavel for your kind information.

    Pavel,
    I now understand there were 7 in the crew. Please could you tell me:

    1) What unit the crew and aircraft belonged to?
    2) What function was being carried out?
    3) Where the British airman is buried?

    I am assuming it was some sort of training flight. I saw the graves only early this morning and was'n't expecting so much information so soon. I came home wondering what could have happened.

    It was good to see the Graves had been remembered recently as each had been laid with 'Remembrance' Poppy Wreaths on the headstones.
    Norman

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    Hi Norman,

    1) 311 (Czechoslovak) Bomber Squadron
    2) Yes training flight
    3) Sgt Powis' details on CWGC:

    Name: POWIS, GEORGE OWEN
    Initials: G O
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 311 (Czech) Sqdn.
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 01/10/1940
    Service No: 627228
    Additional information: Son of Thomas George and Lily Bemrose Powis, of Derby.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. F. Grave 1428.
    Cemetery: DERBY (NOTTINGHAM ROAD) CEMETERY

    Yes it was very sad for them to died so early and so tragically...

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    Thank you Pavel,

    Sad to see them buried so many miles from home.

    Norman

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