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    I have a newspaper cutting relating to the two above airmen which describes them as the perfect night-fighting team. Pepper DFC* was a Canadian. Toone held the DFM and was awarded the DFC posthumously.

    Would someone please have the details leading to the loss of these two airmen?

    Name: PEPPER, GEORGE
    Initials: G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 29 Sqdn.
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 17/11/1942
    Service No: 104585
    Awards: D F C and Bar
    Additional information: Son of William C. Pepper and Christine Pepper, of Belleville; husband of Gladys Elizabeth Pepper, of Slough, Buckinghamshire, England.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. M.5.101.
    Cemetery: BELLEVILLE CEMETERY


    Name: TOONE, JOSEPH HENRY
    Initials: J H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Nav./W.Op.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 29 Sqdn.
    Age: 34
    Date of Death: 17/11/1942
    Service No: 127791
    Awards: D F C, D F M
    Additional information: Son of Edward Roberts Toone and Winifred Emily Toone; husband of Doris Edith Toone, of Bath, Somerset.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot C.C.1. Grave 105.
    Cemetery: MAIDSTONE CEMETERY, Kent

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Peter
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    Shores' Aces High states killed whilst flight testing an aircraft near Detling, but type of aircraft (though probably a Beaufighter) and serial not given

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    Hi gents'

    17/11/42

    No.29 Sqn.
    Beaufighter IIF V8380
    Aircraft emerged from 9/10 cloud at 1,500 ft. in spiral dive. Crashed Halstead, Kent.

    F/O.G Pepper
    P/O.J.H.Toone

    Both killed.

    See:
    The Bristol Beaufighter Crash Log.
    Smith,David J.
    Wirral:Author, n.d.
    No pagination (see under date).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 22nd March 2009 at 11:45. Reason: Minor correction

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    Amrit and Col

    Many thanks for your replies, just what I was looking for.

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    Peter.

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    For Pepper, the Toronto Star of Dec. 8, 1942 just notes the DFC and says "killed in action". Didn't find anything else for him prior to that, unless he was also the artist of the same name. The one paragraph note says Pepper was the pilot, Toone the observer.
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    Also have a note that Cpl John H.C. EMSBURY - RCAF R/102594 (of 4 [C]OTU) was on board this aircraft.
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    Hi Henk & Others,

    Do you have more information on the involvement of "Embury" in the loss of V8380?

    The compiler of The Beaufighter Crash Log, Dave Smith, frequents this Board occasionally. Would be interesting to have his views, as well.

    Does anyone have access to the 29 Sqn. ORB?

    I note that Embury is buried, along with Toone, in Maidstone Cemetery.

    Col.

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    Col,

    An article in the Toronto Globe & Mail 15 December 1942 describes the arrival of Pepper's ashes at Belleville. Also mentioned is Pepper and Embury were boyhood and school-chums.
    Pepper had gone over in 1937 and Embury in 1941. Embury, described as a "Sergeant-Pilot" was visiting Pepper and went along on the test flight.

    Pepper and Toone, known as "Pepper and Salt" had brought down three DO117 during a night action only a few days previous to the crash.
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 23rd March 2009 at 08:15.

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    Ken,

    Thanks for the explanation. I was intrigued by the fact that Pepper was buried at Belleville. I see now that his ashes were repatriated. This appears to be in contravention of usual Allied policy, which had casualties, 'Buried where they fell'.

    The same privilege was not extended too ranker, Embury.

    Thanks to you too Henk, for bringng this to light.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th October 2009 at 06:43. Reason: Minor correction

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    Guys,

    Many thanks for the additional info, at the start of this I thought just Pepper and Toone were the only occupants of the aircraft, thanks for putting me right

    Regards
    Peter

    Name: EMBURY, JOHN HENRY CAMERON
    Initials: J H C
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Corporal
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Age: 28
    Date of Death: 17/11/1942
    Service No: R/102594
    Additional information: Son of Wallace Derwin Embury and Beatrice Ada Embury; husband of Ena Catherine Embury, of Point Edward, Ontario, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot C.C.1. Grave 42.
    Cemetery: MAIDSTONE CEMETERY, Kent

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