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    Can anyone help with the following:

    Sgt. A.F. Spice killed 31/3/1943 buried Tripoloi War Cemetery - single casualty

    Crew of Wellington buried at Salerno War Cemetery. Killed 8/8/1943 including Sgt. C.E. Joel.

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    I have sent you a pm with the other men commemorated on cwgc and buried at Salerno on this day.

    HTH,

    Howard

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    Must have been Wellington Mk.X serial HF579 missing on a raid to Palmi.
    Please Howard could you inform me on the Salerno crew as well.
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Henk.

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    Thanks Gentlemen.

    Henk the crew are: F/O Stanley Cornelius Bone (130944) W/O Robert William Richards (Aus.407950) Sgt. Cecil Edward Joel (1324549) Sgt. Ronald Frank Carpenter (1392923) Sgt. Roy William Lewis Houghton (1453355). No crew positions are given on CWGC but the school who I am researching this for, have Joel down as a Nav.

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    According to Kevin Mears book 'Wise without eyes', Sgt Spice, the rear gunner of Wellington 'R' walked into a prop following a raid on Sfax and was killed.

    You have the details of the Bone crew, but they are noted as FTR from a raid on the beaches at Cap Belora-Messina.

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    Hi John,
    From my fathers diary.
    March 30th Tuesday 1943.
    Landed at 12-10am - good trip in, bad news when we landed that Spice rear gunner in O'Conners crew had walked into the propeller after they landed, was still alive when we went to bed at 1-30am.
    March 31st Wednesday 1943.
    Slept till about 11am - up and made a cup of chai - Spice died early this morning - bad luck - cast a sort of gloom over the camp all day. He was buried at Misurata this afternoon.

    August 10th Tuesday 1943.
    We lost two kites last night on Messina beaches - Pownal and Bone's crews - seem to think it was night fighters that got them - they are pretty deadly over there at the present.

    Hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.

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    Thanks Rob & Jonny. The information is for a school who are researching their War Memorial in Maidenhead.

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