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    Bradburn's death also registered at Chichester

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    Thanks Dave, will amend my files; another name deleted from the list. Thanks Bart for the reminder.
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    Default 17/06/1940; a second disaster

    Henk,

    One of the difficulties of the 17th June 1940 is that there was a second disaster. On the CWGC-page of the Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery this text can be found: 'The majority of the men who rest here were casualties from a troop train which was bombed by the Germans on 17th June, 1940. There are 252 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war here, of which 81 are unidentified.'

    Among those buried there are these RAF members:

    Corporal Robert Conkie, RAF 543598, age unknown, 17/06/1940, Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery, F
    Flying Officer Robert C. Hodgson, RAF 31444, 17/06/1940, Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery, F
    Leading Aircraftman Lawrence Traynor, RAF 268892, age 40, 17/06/1940, Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery, F

    Which raises this question: who are the other missing RAF men killed on this train (and not aboard the Lancastria)?

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    Thanks Bart. These three were in my files as being killed on the said troop train. There were a total of 91 casualties. The death on the mailboat Lancastria can be checked at http://www.ipresent.co.uk/RollHonour.htm
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    Hello Henk,

    Just to be sure: these three men were the only RAF-victims on this train?

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    I think so. Rest probably were Army.
    Henk.

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    Default re: victims rennes, 17/06/1940

    Thanks! Do you know by chance which German unit was responsible for the bombing of the Rennes train?

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    Sorry Bart, no idea.

    Henk.

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    F1180 confirms 5 fatalities on the Bombay. Pilot Murphy.

    So the original 4 names plus the additional one of Bradburn.

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    Weirdly There is a Bomber Loss Card for

    Acting F/O Roger Colin Hodgson #31444 for 17-06-1940 No Aircraft Type just says '?' and Serial and Sqn ?

    Adds Dead and "Probably Buried Rennes"

    Only lists his name on it as 'Pilot'

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