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    Default F/O. George Powderhill 196 Sqd

    Looking for details leading to the loss of this airman, As far as I know he was lost on 19 September 1944 in Stirling EF248 - 196 Squadron over Arnhem.

    Can find nothing in BCL

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    Name: POWDERHILL, GEORGE
    Initials: G H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Nav.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 196 Sqdn.
    Age: 33
    Date of Death: 19/09/1944
    Service No: 137368
    Additional information: Son of Sydney George and Rose May Powderhill, of Birmingham; husband of Amy Powderhill, of Quinton, Birmingham.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. B. 17.
    Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

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    EF248 Stirling IV 196 Squzfron

    Lost north west of Arnhem

    The aircraft was shot down whilst dropping supplies and crashed. The pilot, wireless operator and the air gunner escaped but the only naval casualty of the battle, who was flying as a passenger, was killed as were four crew and the two air despatchers. This aircraft was also carrying a second navigator.

    Killed:
    Flying Officer Frank Douglas CHALKLEY 23 Navigator
    Flying Officer George Henry POWDERHILL 33 Navigator
    Flying Officer Reginald Cuthbert GIBBS 32 RCAF Bomb Aimer died of injuries 21/9/1944
    Sergeant Dennis Alec MATTHEWS 25 Flight Engineer
    Air Mechanic 2nd Class Leonard Augustus HOOKER 23 Royal Navy
    Driver William John CHAPLIN 35 63 (Airborne) Composite Coy RASC died of injuries 11/11/1944
    Driver Frederick George SMITH 33

    From: Cummings' Though Without Anger

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    Peter,
    He was Navigator on board Stirling EF248, which was hit by flak. He was one of two crewmen killed, the rest of the crew survived. I have the page from 196sqdn ORB for this operation but a couple of the crewnames are not readable, but there is a description of the loss of the aircraft in A425052 W/O K. Prowd's RAAF file which is digitised.
    AlanW

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    Hello Peter,
    Stirling (7T-V) was hit by Flak and crashed on/near the former German camp ('Divisionsdorf' = translated Division village) - now campsite "De Hoge Veluwe" - and just opposite to the large German - and still existing - Fighter Control Bunker "Diogenes", at Schaarsbergen, N of Arnhem and close to airfield Deelen. POWDERHILL initially was buried in a field grave, later reinterred in the Oosterbeek (Airborne) War Cemetery.
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    Peter,
    You mentioned that POWDERHILL was "one of two" airmen killed. This is not correct. There were SEVEN fatal casualties and THREE evaders. POWDERHILL probably may have baled out from a too low altitude as he - and Airman 2.Class Leonard A. HOOKER (L/FX.582276 - RN - HMS Daedalus) and passenger on the Stirling - both were found dead in a wood parcel locally known as 'Kleine Kweek' along the Harderwijkerweg (name of a street). One of the crew even lies buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery (Germany); he died of wounds in a German hospital at Gronau after first being admitted to a hospital (Wilhelminaziekenhuis) at Arnhem.
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    Amrit, Alan, Henk,

    Many thanks for you replies to this question, as always very comprehensive.

    Just one more question, how do I obtain the RAAF digitised records?

    Thanks again

    Regards
    Peter.

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    This is Prowd's service file

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=5526335&I=1&SE=1

    His casualty file has not been digitised.

    To search for Australian records go to

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/Login.htm

    Click on Guest

    You can then search for name, service number and in some cases aircraft serials

    Those that are digitised will have "View digital copy" next to the file details

    A

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    Hello Peter,
    Stirling (7T-V) was hit by Flak and crashed on/near the former German camp ('Divisionsdorf' = translated Division village) - now campsite "De Hoge Veluwe" - and just opposite to the large German - and still existing - Fighter Control Bunker "Diogenes", at Schaarsbergen, N of Arnhem and close to airfield Deelen. POWDERHILL initially was buried in a field grave, later reinterred in the Oosterbeek (Airborne) War Cemetery.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Also aboard Stirling IV EF248 were:-

    AUS424335 John James WHERRY RAAF (Wop) POW
    CAN R/201055 J GORDON RCAF (AG-rear) POW
    (Service No.needs confirming).

    Keith Prowd had this to say:-

    'Gibbs,our Bomb Aimer, was injured (shot at), on the way down. Both Jim Gordon and John Wherry (both of whom were wounded by rifle fire during their descent) saw him in hospital and when Germans advancing on the hospital threw a few grenades in, Reggie Gibbs was unfortunately killed'.

    See: http://www.pegasusarchive.org/pow/keith_prowd.htm

    Col.

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    Default The Royal Air Force at Arnhem

    In our book there is information about this crash of page 148 and 148

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