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    Default A search for POW information re 3 crew of 178 Lib.EW160 crew

    Dear All
    In relation to my earlier post of 13th April "Burial query of 178 RAF mission 28/8/44"

    Does anyone know how I find out if 3 members of the 7 crew of 178 Lib. EW160, who survived the mining mission crash of 28/8/44, [on the Danube, northern Yugoslavia]
    were made POW or escaped ? And if a detailed report was ever made out about the crash .

    Flt/Sgt V Ansell -pilot
    Sgt WS Barron
    Sgt PO Mayfield

    I presume POW were debriefed if released by the Allies, though this might have been difficult ?

    I expect a report would be lodged at the National Archives ??

    Thanks
    Anne

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    Hi Anne,

    I had a look through the PoW lists here on the site and none of the three you mention appear. Perhaps they evaded and returned fairly quickly?
    David

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    They don't appear to be on this Escape Evader list either.

    http://www.conscript-heroes.com/MI9-01.html

    FreeBMD and ancestry do show a Philip Owen Mayfield born 1923 and died 1989.

    All the crew are listed as missing in Flight Magazine Jan. 18 1945 Cas. Comm 460
    All under RAF
    Flt/Sgt V Ansell
    Sgt WS Barron
    Flt/Sgt RE North +
    Sgt JD Jarvis +
    Sgt JJ Turner +
    Flt/Sgt PO Mayfield
    Sgt AH Dunning +


    Cas Comm 529
    PREVIOUSLY REPORTED MISSING. Now PRESUMED KILLED IN ACTION
    Sgt J J Turner

    Cas Comm 591 in 1946 lists
    PREVIOUSLY REPORTED MISSING. Now PRESUMED KILLED IN ACTION
    Sgt A H Dunning, Sgt J D Jarvis,

    But i can't find mentions of the three men Ansell, Mayfield and barron. They may have fallen in with the partisans or similar.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    David & Dennis
    Thanks for your replies & looking up ancestry & POW sites.

    It is a puzzle as Turner, Jarvis & Dunning were & are still MIA .North was buried in Belgrade so his body must have been found at the crash site or nearby & buried -by whom ? German forces ? Did the plane sink into the Danube OR was it on fire -with 3 crew bodies inside?

    I couldn't find V Ansell ,PO Mayfield & WS Barron on the CWGC site so presumed they escaped & made their way back to Italy or were captured ? Perhaps with partisan help .

    But, if they returned to base, wouldn't they be debriefed on return & have given information where the plane crashed & how the rest of the men were lost ? Or is that too simplistic a thought ?

    I looked at this site & found dozens of German POW camps [Stalag & Oflag] but only 3 in Yugoslavia http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/RollofHonour/POW/Camp_list.htm

    Regards
    Anne
    Last edited by aestorm; 15th April 2009 at 16:20.

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