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    Default F/O. John Vernon Prosser RAFVR 203 Squadron

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for details leading to the loss of the following airman

    Name: PROSSER, JOHN VERNON
    Initials: J V
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 203 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 23/07/1945
    Service No: 164532
    Additional information: Son of Colonel W. J. Prosser and Mrs. Prosser; husband of Joyce Prosser, of Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 448.
    Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Default Liberator KG911

    Googling would suggest this aircraft:

    http://www.rquirk.com/lib203.html

    Liberator KG911

    And your active on this forum question so I guess you have it:
    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/war-air/16685-203-squadron-kg911.html

    and

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/user-introductions/11605-hello-my-reason-registering.html

    None of the Australian men's files are digitised on the Australian National Archives.

    Item notes include:
    ELMES, Charles Robert Henry - (Flight Lieutenant); Service Number - 413842
    PROSSER J V (Flying Officer); Service Number 164532
    PICKERING K C (Warrant Officer); Service Number 1265423
    CHURCHILL J (Flight Sergeant); Service Number 1867412 RAF
    FRANCIS H B (Flight Sergeant); Service Number AUS 442421
    HAMILTON C H (Flight Sergeant); Service Number AUS 435624
    COOK K T (Flight Sergeant); Service Number AUS 430973
    MARCHANT F H H (Sergeant); Service Number 1320334
    GRAINGER R K (Sergeant); Service Number - 1250280

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Peter,

    Les Allison 'Canadians in the Royal Air Force' :-

    PROSSER John Vernon was also a Sergeant Pilot with 242 Sqn (Hurricane) in 1941 !

    Mark

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    Thanks Dennis and Mark.

    Yes, I did have the aircraft serial but wondered if anyone could come up with the reason for loss.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Peter

    The A9301 of AUS435624 F/Sgt C H HAMILTON RAAF is digitised, not much help though.

    The following might be of assistance:-

    At 0215 hours on 23rd July, 1945, Liberator D/203 (KG-811)*, took off from Kankesanturai on an operational sortie with one other Liberator of 203 Sqdn. Both aircraft staged through China Bay, where they were refuelled before proceeding on the operation. D/203 took off from China Bay at 0500, being followed by the other aircraft C/203. The task was to attack a convoy consisting of five escort vessels, moving in a easterly direction along the northern coast of Sumatra. C/203, which was captained by F.O. F B RAU, made a successful flight to the target area, sighted the convoy at 1112 hours on 23rd July, 1945, which was stationary, approx. two miles North of Sigli, attacked it and was met with accurate machine gun fire from all vessels. During his bombing runs F.O RAU reported seeing a large fire, which he took to be a petrol fire, on a hill side some three miles inland from Sigli. Extensive searches were made without results. It is considered that the petrol fire reported three or four miles from Sigli was that of D/203.

    In the crew were:-

    Flt Lt C.R.H.Elmes
    Flt Sgt H.B.Francis
    Flt Sgt C.H.Hamilton
    F/Sgt K.T.Cook
    and 5 RAF members.

    * Note incorrect Lib serial, should read; KG911.

    Col.

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    Cheers Col, Just what I was after.

    Regards
    Peter.

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