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    As part of researching my family tree, I was seeking information about the service of my mothers brother, sadly lost in action in 1943. I have found his grave in the commonwealth war graves website, it is in Tunisia.

    The individual is Sergeant Henry James Bennett number 658278. Family memories are that he was a pilot of a Wellington, trained in Florida, but lost in a raid over Italy on 11 June 1943.

    I would welcome any information or suggestions on how to research.

    Steve

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    Some one will give you the full details shortly but these men all from 104 Squadron are buried in the same cemetery from that same date:

    Sgt. BENNETT, HJT 658278 11/06/1943 (Pilot)
    Sgt. BLACK, WR 1290757 11/06/1943 (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Sgt. CHURCH, CJ 1355162 11/06/1943 (Air Gnr.)
    F/Sgt EASON, PAR 1332451 11/06/1943 (Pilot)
    Sgt KOEK-KOEK, P 1069844 11/06/1943 (Bomb Aimer)
    Sgt. SOWERBY, RL 1021147 11/06/1943 (W.Op./Air Gnr.)

    Some or all may have died with your uncle.

    Pop their details back into the CWGC site and you can read theirs also.

    During the war they were reported in RAF Casualty Communications as Missing, presumed Killed In Action.
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/search.aspx

    If you wish to try to get his service records etc, have a read of this thread here:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=797

    I hope this little bit helps for the time being.
    Happy Christmas

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Hi Dennis

    Thank you for your reply, this will be very helpful and I will follow up on your suggestions. It will also be interesting to find out any details on the missions being caried out by them and curcumstances of their loss.

    Thanks again and merry christmas to you and yours.

    Regards

    Steve

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    Hi all,
    Either Wellington W5376 or Z8597.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Gentlemen,

    I would like to rejuvenate this thread. I have a particular interest in one of the players.

    This is a work in progress, and any/all corrections/comments are welcome.

    10/11-6-1943
    No.104 Sqn.
    Wellington II W5376 'W'

    Missing, Pantelleria.

    1332451 F/Sgt (Pilot) Philip Alan Roy EASON RAFVR +
    658278 Sgt (Pilot) Henry James Thomas BENNETT RAFVR +
    CAN J./16261 F/O (Nav.) Byron Ball REID RCAF +
    1069844 Sgt (Bomb Aimer) Pat KOEK-KOEK RAFVR +
    1021147 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Robert Livingston SOWERBY RAFVR +
    CAN R./95853 WO2 (Air Gnr.) Gordon Douglas Grant MORRISON RCAF +

    Eason, Bennett, Reid, Koek-Koek and Sowerby lie in Coll. grave V.B.13., in Enfidaville War Cemetery. Morrison lies in grave V.B.25. in the same cemetery.

    10/11-6-1943
    No.104 Sqn.
    Wellington II Z8597 'X'

    Missing, Pantelleria.

    119779 P/O (Pilot) George Francis EDWARDS RAFVR
    117129 P/O ( - ? - ) Shirley James Knox ADAMS RAFVR
    114319 F/O ( - ? - ) Richard Holbrook FRY RAFVR
    1290757 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) William Roy BLACK RAFVR +
    1355162 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Charles Joseph CHURCH RAFVR +

    Edwards, Adams and Fry, baled out safely over Pantelleria and later on returned to their unit. Black and Church lie in a joint grave (V.B.5), in Enfidaville War Cemetery.

    Adams was an Australian serving in the RAF, hence my interest.

    I would particularly appreciate the comments of David Gunby, on the above.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 26th May 2010 at 02:48. Reason: Additional info provided by David Gunby.

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    Hi Col,
    I can only add information from Dad's diary.June 10th 1943, double ops tonight, 26 kites on battle order, clouded over in late afternoon with thunder doesn't look good. Briefing 6-45pm we are in first line to take off. Target Pantelleria, raining when we took off on a sticky runway, we were last off at 2100hrs, rest were scrubbed. No opposition over target got a good photo. Diverted to 104 Sqd landed there 11-45pm. About 2am on 11th explosion from direction of 104 Sqd, a 40 Sqd kite piled in on take off, collected 3 of our kites all "A" Flight complete right off's. Pantelleria fell into allied hands today(11th) guess we were about last to bomb it. Seem to think we will be moving from this runway if get any more rain as with just a little bit of rain the runways are u/s. Gives you a little more background information.

    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.

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    Hi Rob,

    A bit of local colour, always welcome. Your Father's account, melds wonderfully with that of F R Chappell in Wellington Wings (pp.170-2).

    Thanks.

    Col.

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    I can type up for you their entry in my Halley Sqn book if you like but you might prefer to contact:
    Norman Yarrington (who is the 104 Sqn information point)
    34 Hayes Road
    Wolverley
    Kidderminster
    DY11 5UL
    or call him on 01562-850603 (details from the RAFRA website so should be reasonably up to date).
    Dee

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    I can confirm that the three surviving members of the crew of the 104 Sqn Wellington II, Z8597 X, evaded (for a few hours). They baled out over Pantelleria when the aircraft was crippled by flak, and hid until the following morning, when the island surrendered. They returned to North Africa by infantry landing craft.

    They were
    F/O G F Edwards
    P/O S J K Adams
    F/O R H Fry


    David

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    Hello,

    Dee, have noted No.104 Sq Association address for future reference. Thanks.

    David,

    F/O G F Edwards
    P/O S J k Adams
    F/O R H Fry

    Possibly:-

    1331600/(119779) F/O George Francis EDWARDS
    (117129) P/O Shirley James Knox ADAMS
    754678/(114319) F/O Richard Holbrook FRY

    Thanks for the additional information. Have edited my earlier posting accordingly.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 26th May 2010 at 02:15.

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