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    Default 40 Squadron loss 19/04/1943

    I'm looking for details leading to the loss of the two following airmen lost to 40 Squadron on 19 April 1943. I believe 40 Squadron at the time were equipped with the Wellington III and were stationed at Alem East, Tunisia.

    Sgt. Alan Gordon Allwright RAFVR 1324019.
    Sgt. Ian William Sanderson RAFVR 1062060.

    Any help is appreciated

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    There are a number of Australians listed as killed on that date with 40 Squadron. Unfortunately none of their casualty files have been digitised but they may have been in the same crew:

    Wellington HZ 248

    TURNER Antony St Clair - (Flight Sergeant); Service Number - 411193
    DAWSON Donald Norman - (Flight Sergeant); Service Number - 405837
    MCILROY BRUCE RONALD : Service Number - 413319

    Wellington III HZ 146 (or NZ 146 - which appears to be a typo)

    BAIN Leslie Neil - (Flight Sergeant); Service Number - 408232;
    WEBB GORDON RUSSELL : Service Number - 401176
    LILEY, Jock William Fenton Selwyn - (Warrant Officer); Service Number - 409157 (POW*)

    *If everything else fails then it maybe worth requesting the following:

    http://cas.awm.gov.au/PROD/cst.acct_master?surl=271550867ZZZSXXFBGBPTT85762&s type=3&simplesearch=&v_umo=&v_product_id=&screen_n ame=&screen_parms=&screen_type=RIGHT&bvers=5&bplat form=Netscape&bos=Win32


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    Last edited by Amrit; 28th November 2008 at 12:49. Reason: correcting Liley's status

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    Straight lift from, David Gunby's, 'Sweeping the Skies'. p.369

    19 April 1943
    Soliman South Landing Ground
    Wellington III HZ146 'B'
    W/O G.R.Webb RAAF Killed
    Sgt M.F.Mckeon Killled
    Flt/Sgt J.W.F.S.Liley RAAF POW
    Sgt A.S.Quick POW
    Sgt I.W.Sanderson Killed
    Llt/Sgt L.N.Bain RAAF Killed

    Perhaps lost to flak but claimed by Oblt Stefen Machat of II/NJG2. Crashed in flames. The dead are commemorated on the El Alamein Memorial.

    19 April 1943
    Wellington III HZ248 'R'
    Flt/Sgt A.St.C.Turner RAAF Killed
    Flt/Sgt D.N.Dawson RAAF Killed
    Flt/Sgt W.S.Sinclair RAAF Killed
    Flt/Sgt R.B.McIlroy RAAF Killed
    Sgt A.G.Allwriight Killed

    Shot down by Oblt. Machat. All but Sgt Allwright (commemorated on the El Alamein Memorial) are buried in Enfidaville War Cemetery.

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    Amrit and Col.

    many thanks for the fantastic response.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Peter,

    To round-off this discussion, pp.231-2 of 'Sweeping the Skies', should also be read.

    Can't speak for 1187793 Sgt A.S.Quick POW (Camp 357,POW No.1090), but AUS409157 F/Sgt J.W.F.S.Liley RAAF, POW (Camp L6, POW No.1077), baled out successfully, thereby becoming a member of the 'Caterpillar Club'.

    POW info, Ross' lists, this site.
    For Liley,s 'Cat Club' membership, See: Australian Airborne: The History and Insignia of Australian Military Parachuting. O'Connor,John. Kingsgrove:Author,2005. p.322.

    Cheers,
    Col.

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    Col,

    Many thanks for the additional info its very much appreciated

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Peter,

    Re: your man, 1324019 ALLWRIGHT.

    Neglected to mention the following connection.

    9 Dec 1942 Training
    21 OTU
    Wellington IC DV810

    T/o Moreton-in-Marsh for a night cross-country. Flew into high ground at 2340 on Broomhead Moor near Stocksbridge, 7 miles SW of Barnsley, Yorkshire. Four, Sgts Turner RAAF, Dawson RAAF, Sinclair RAAF and Allwright, were destined to die on 19 April 1943, with 40 Squadron (see page 369 of 'Sweeping The Skies' by David Gunby).

    P/O S Baker
    Sgt A St. C Turner RAAF Inj
    Sgt D N Dawson RAAF Inj
    Sgt R D Weeks RAAF Inj
    Sgt W S Sinclair RAAF
    Sgt A G Allwright Inj

    See: BCLOTU/181. Also try 'Googling', Wellington DV810, for more.

    Col.

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