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    Default F/S. E J S. Williams.RAAF. 19/09/1943

    Looking for details leading to the following airman's loss.

    Any help would be appreciated

    Regards
    Peter.

    Name: WILLIAMS, EDWARD JOHN STACY
    Initials: E J S
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Flight Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 31
    Date of Death: 19/09/1943
    Service No: 409952
    Additional information: Son of Arthur Tyrell Williams and Nellie Salage Williams; husband of Hazel Violet Williams, of Branksome Park, Bournemouth.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. E. Grave 15.

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    Peter
    I presume all these men died in training accidents or their planes crashed in fog etc as they are buried in Scotland .The National Archives of Australia www.naa.gov.au should have their service records but the site is unavailable at the moment [sunday afternoon 28/6]

    Go to record search & put their service number at the top, then a date selection eg 1939-1945 .Their records may have been digitalised or you can request it .I think there is now a charge but not sure.

    Anne

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    I've him on Beaufighter II.F T3361 of 54 OTU. Engine caught fire in air; stalled entering cloud and dived into ground near Duns, Berwickshire.

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    Anne - Henk,

    Many thanks for the info and for the guidance from Anne, I always have trouble with these records.


    Regards
    Peter

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    Peter,

    Also lost aboard Beaufighter IIF T3361:-

    AUS415541 F/Sgt Francis James Victor McGRATH RAAF.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 28th June 2009 at 14:54. Reason: minor correction

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    Peter
    See my reply in Douglas
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Peter,

    Also lost aboard Beaufighter IIF T3361:-

    AUS415541 F/Sgt Francis James Victor McGRATH RAAF.

    Col.
    Col,
    I doubt whether NAA is correct with the info on McGRATH. "They Shall Grow Not Old" (page 59) has him on Hudson AM840 of 1 (C)OTU, together with W/O (WOp/Ag) Joseph G.L. BOISVERT - RCAF R/101506. Both Boisvert and McGrath are buried in the Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    On the other hand is F/Sgt Edward J.S. WILLIAMS - RAAF 409952 buried in the Fogo Churchyard, Berwickshire.
    Perhaps comment from Ross on the 1 (C)OTU Hudson AM840.
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    Henk,

    McGrath's place of death is listed as - Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland. His unit, 54 OTU.

    See: McGrath's AWM108 Roll of Honour Circular.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 28th June 2009 at 17:13. Reason: minor correction

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    I think that the detail of TSGNO is incorrect.

    Form 1180 has the aircraft ditching off West Hartlepool.

    Confirmation comes from the RNLI record of service which suggests 1 killed 3 Canadian rescued.

    HARTLEPOOL, DURHAM.
    At about 3 in the afternoon of the 19th of September, 1943, the 18-ton motor fishing boat Alexandra, with a crew of five, was fishing some 10 miles east-north-east of Heugh Light in Hartlepool Bay, when the men saw an object one and a half miles away. They slipped their gear
    and made for it to find that it was a dinghy with three men of the Royal Canadian Air Force in it. They said that they had crashed a short time before and that a fourth man was in the water. The fishing boat searched and found him, but he was already dead from head injuries The rescuers were thanked by the R.A.F. station to which the aeroplane belonged. - Rewards, 5 and 1 for expenses.

    For the moment I would go with sole casualty as Boisvert. McGrath as per Col's detail.

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    Thanks Col & Ross; files amended.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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