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    Default 680 Sqn. Aircraft flown back by navigator. 30/4/45

    Greetings,

    On behalf of a contact of mine at the Tel Aviv University we would appreciate any information on F/O. Ronald James WATSON 175267 Pilot. RAF (VR) 680 Squadron who I believe was killed over the Greek Islands on 30 April 1945 and the aircraft was flown to RAF Lydda, Palestine by his navigator, Laurence Kenneth KEVAN. (Rank not known, aircraft believed to be a Mosquito).

    WATSON is buried at the Ramleh War cemetery.

    I have so very little information in my own files on this episode so anything would be appreciated, thanks.

    Cheers,

    Digger.

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    Gazette Issue 37179 published on the 13 July 1945. Page 2 of 6

    Appointment to commission.
    As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Temp. Wt. Offs.
    1399897 Lawrence Kenneth KEVAN, D.F.C. (198331). 8th May 1945-

    and that DFC award came from:

    Gazette Issue 37154 published on the 26 June 1945. Page 2 of 4

    Warrant Officer Lawrence Kenneth KEVAN (1399897),
    R A F V R , 680 Sqn.
    Warrant Officer Kevan was a crew member detailed to participate in a reconnaissance of the
    Dodecanese in April, 1945 When crossing the coast of Rhodes Island the aircraft was hit by
    anti-aircraft fire The pilot was mortally wounded.
    The aircraft went out of control Acting with great promptitude, Warrant Officer Kevan righted
    the aircraft He was unable to' move his stricken comrade from the pilot's seat but, in circumstances of difficulty succeeded in retaining a measure of control Although not in any way as skilled as a regular pilot, Warrant Officer Kevan flew the aircraft several hundred miles over the sea and finally reached an airfield Believing that his pilot was &till alive, Kevan decided to attempt a landing, a task which he had.never previously tried. Nevertheless, he brought the aircraft down safely His example of courage, resource and devotion to duty will long be remembered

    his is a unique enough name to pop into the London Gazette search engine.
    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/AdvancedSearch.aspx?GeoType=London

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Digger

    Mosquito MM333 was lost on 30/4/45 -Hit by ground fire, crash landed Lydda.

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    Hello Dennis & John,

    Many thanks indeed for your replies; I am sure that Prof Uri Yinon will be as pleased as I am to receive such detailed information.

    Very pleasing to see that KEVAN received a well deserved DFC.

    Will chase up the London Gazette web site you have given us Dennis and thetype & serial was well worth having John. thanks again.
    Cheers,
    Digger

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