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    On a recent thread about casualties named on the Runnymede memorial I was given a breakdown of casualties by service i was suprised to see that there are 2 War Reporters on the Runnymede Memorial can anyone explain who they were and the circumstances on why they are named on the memorial ?

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    They are on the Runnymede Memorial because they meet the criteria, ie no known grave, flying in the northern european theatre.

    Nancarrow was a pre war RAF Officer.

    Sunderland W3042

    Ran out of fuel due to weather conditions on the return from convoy escort to PQ.18 and ditched near Tiree at 20:38 hrs. Shortly after becoming waterborne the Sunderland hit a rock in Vane Bay and sank 5.2 miles, 359 degrees Scurnish Point. The Tobermory life-boat was immediately launched and searched the area of the crash but only found clothing. Later Hudson V/279 sighted a dinghy with one occupant off the north coast of Coll and directed a Pinnace from Tiree to the scene the following day. Mr Nancarrow was a War Correspondent from the Glasgow Herald and is commemorated along with P/O Frame, from Victoria, British Columbia on the Runnymede Memorial.

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    Hello Halewood,

    A.
    3/2/1945.

    Guy BYAM (Reporter/War Correspondent - BBC) Commemorated on the Runnymede memorial.

    'Rose of York', the 306th Group Fortress christened by Princess Elizabeth (Now H.M. Queen Elizabeth), was lost (On February 3,1945). Last seen leaving the Continent with two engines out and losing height. It was presumed that the North Sea claimed another aircrew. Also on board this, her 63rd mission, was Guy Byan[sic], a B.B.C. Correspondent

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    'Rose of York' B-17G 42-102547 'F', 367BS/306BG. (ex-Berlin - MACR 12283)

    See:
    The Mighty Eighth:A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.
    Freeman,Roger A.
    London:Arms & Armour,1991 (rep.)
    A. p.208
    B. p.310(Index)

    Also:

    5/9/1942

    Fred George NANCARROW (Reporter/War Correspondent - The Glasgow Herald - Author of 'Glasgow's Fighter Squadron'.). Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    This is Ross' territory.

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    Typo in your message # 2; serial Sunderland W4032 in lieu of W 3042.
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    Quite correct Henk,

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    Hi,

    Any details about the British reporter/war correspondent, Ernest G. Lewis, who died on a 8th AF Kiel mission on 19 May 1943? Was he ever found?

    He was with B-17F, #41-24483, from 91st BG. Aircraft shot down, exploding upon hitting the water in the Kiel Bay.

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    Hello Finn,

    Here is a listing of Reporters/War Correspondents who were killed, or died, during 1943:

    11.1.43 - Carlo TRESCA - New York.
    5.2.43 - Edward Harry CROCKETT - North Africa.(Actually, at sea).
    22.2.43 - Frank CUHEL - Portugal.
    22.2.43 - Ben ROBERTSON Jnr. - Portugal.
    26.2.43 - Robert POST - Germany.
    2.6.43 - Kenneth STONEHOUSE - Portugal.
    20.7.43 - Carl THUSGAARD - New Guinea.
    28.9.43 - Alexander Berry AUSTIN - Italy.
    28.9.43 - William J. MUNDAY - Italy.
    28.9.43 - Stewart SALE - Italy.
    1,11,43 - Keith PALMER - Solomon Islands.
    13,12.43 - Lucien Adolph LABAUDT - India.
    27.12.43 - Pendil RAYNER - New Guinea.
    27.12.43 - Brydon C. TAVES - New Guinea.

    You will notice, no LEWIS.

    I have seen the entry in - The Mighty Eighth War Diary/Freeman p.61, and it has always intrigued me.

    I can't locate 'Ernest G. LEWIS'.

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    Hello Col,

    One of my sources is from the book "We Still Remember - Stories from the 91st Bomb Group" by Lowell L. Getz.

    "One plane is lost on the mission, No. 483, Spirit of Alcohol, of the 322nd Squadron. This is the fourth mission in a row Lt Baxley's crew has flown in the aircraft.

    Also aboard today is a British war correspondent, Ernest G. Lewis, reporting on the American air war.

    As the crews were loading this morning, Lewis first went aboard No. 724, Thunderbird, looking for the ship on which he was scheduled to fly.

    The radio operator, T/Sgt Robert S. Lammers, invited him to go with them. Lewis declined and left to find his assigned plane, No. 483, Spirit of Alcohol."


    Lewis is not mentioned among the crewmembers in the book " Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces ETO Area June 1942 - December 1943" by Stan D Bishop and Jan Hey.

    Maybe not registrated in official documents within the Air Force, because he was a civilian invited flying with a crew.

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    20.7.43 - Carl THUSGAARD - New Guinea.

    I know him very well and the circumstances of his death. Born in Denmark.

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    Finn,

    Thanks for the additional information on Lewis.

    I will do a bit more research on him, if anything surfaces I will let you know.

    Col.

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    Hi,

    This two reporter's

    22.2.43 - Frank CUHEL - Portugal.
    22.2.43 - Ben ROBERTSON Jnr. - Portugal.

    died in the flight accident of Boeing 314 Yankee Clipper NC18603, a civil aircraft that was making the flight from the US to England, with stop's in the Azores and Lisbon. The accident hapend when they where landing in the Tagus River. It was early morning and the aicraft hit the water with a wing. There where 24 deaths and 15 injured.

    It was a flight loaded with stars comming to entertain the troops in Europe. Between this star's was Jane Froman who survived with a leg very badly injured. She limped for the rest of her life. She was saved by a crew member and latter they both where married for a while.

    The film With a Song in My Heart, starring Susan Hayward as Froman, makes reference to his episode. Froman has 3 stars in the walk of Fame - one for radio, onde for record's and one for movies.

    Cuhel and Robertson where very know journalist's in the US. Robertson had writen a popular book named "Red Hills and Cotton" and Cuhel had win a silver medal in the Olimpic's of Amsterdam in 1928.


    I have no idea of what hapend to

    2.6.43 - Kenneth STONEHOUSE - Portugal

    It is the first time I hear this name. has anybody more information about him...

    Best regards
    Carlos

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