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    Hello All,

    Can someone please explain the circumstances of the death of AUS435083 F/Sgt John Kevin LADLEY RAAF? He was aboard a 101 Sqn Lancaster, NF954, which had raided Dortmund on 11/12-11-44.

    NF954 was subsequently lost on a training flight, still with 101 Sqn, on 21-3-45, but what happened on 11/12-11-44?

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    Col.

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    Hi Col
    Chorley, BCL Vol 5 does not record this a/c as a loss on 11/11/44 but Ladley is in Vol 9 with 11/11/44 as his date of death. This suggests that he was killed on the a/c which returned with his body on board or he was wounded and died later from those wounds. As the a/c was not lost Chorley did not record it as such. It is also possible that the death was accidental and not related to operations.
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    Hi,
    Can confirm not accident, his A705 file heading states Lancaster NF954, Dortmund.

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    Hi Col
    Ladley's death was registered at Louth in Lincolnshire and the communities reporting deaths through that office include Ludford Magna, which had the airfield where 101 Sqn were based at the time. It strengthens the idea that he was KIA on the op in an a/c that returned or was wounded and died on return.
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    There is nothing in the ORB about his death. It shows NF 954 "W" taking off at 15:53, bombing at 19:05 hrs and landing at 21:23. Ladley was Australian and the rest of the crew were Canadians. This ORB does not provide much detail.
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    Hello Dick,Alan & Dave,

    You have filled most of the gaps, for which I thank you.

    Here is the crew for 11/12-11-44:-

    CAN J/88130 F/O (Pilot) Donald George Henry IRELAND RCAF (+17/18-12-44)
    1592077 Sgt (F/E) Harold John BLACK RAFVR (+17/18-12-44)
    CAN R/176384 F/Sgt (Nav.) Raymond Ervin HINE RCAF (+17/18-12-44)
    CAN J/91041 P/O (AB) Frank COULSON RCAF (+17/18-12-44)
    CAN J/36591 F/O (W.Op/Air Gnr.) James Cameron MUNRO RCAF (+17/18-12-44)
    CAN J/92211 P/O (AG) George Edward DEATHERAGE RCAF (+17/18-12-44)
    CAN R/218185 F/Sgt (AG) Edmund Alfred John DAVIES RCAF (+17/18-12-44)
    AUS435083 F/Sgt (?) John Keith LADLEY RAAF +

    Not sure who was the S/O, in this ABC-equipped Lanc. Possibly Ladley, who was replaced by - 3025176 Sgt (W.Op/Air Gnr.) Ernest John HARTMAN RAFVR (+17/18-12-44). See: BCL5/514.

    Bruce Robertson, in 'Lancaster - The Story of a Famous Bomber', (p.188), suggests that NF954 was damaged on 11-11-44. He gives no further details. Maybe someone with a later ref could confirm.

    Ladley's death is incorrectly recorded as 1-11-44, on the AWM Roll of Honour, and on the DVA Nominal Roll. His death is described as - Flying Battle/Germany.

    Once again, thanks for your help Gentlemen,
    Col.

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