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    Default F/S. M F. Hall 562 Squadron RAAF

    Looking for details leading to the loss of the following airman.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Regards
    Peter.

    HALL Michael Frank. Flight Sergeant 1190798, 462 Squadron, [Royal Australian Air Force] Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve died 10th October 1943 age 21. Son of Neville M and Francis V. C.Hall of Sparkhill, Birmingham. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt
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    Hello Peter,

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    12 October Blues.

    The loss of another twelve airmen made 12 October (1943), the second major tragedy 462 would suffer. The two aircraft, each with six crewmen, were shot down by flak* within the same 24 hours, but on different operations. The first was the loss of aircraft BB417 flown by Sergeant Mike Hall which crashed after flare dropping to illuminate the Maritza aerodrome on Rhodes. While little was known of its fate, it was one of eight aircraft operating and it was presumed to have been hit by ground fire. After failing to maintain height, it crashed into the sea and at least one other crew saw the aircraft in the sea on fire and explode. There were no survivors and no bodies recovered. The other aircraft, BB333:J flown by Sergeant Ken Marsh, after making a circuit after take-off was seen to gradually lose height and crash approximately three kilometres west-north-west of the Terria aerodrome. Its full load of bombs exploded on impact blowing the aircraft to pieces and burning what little there was left. It was the crew's first trip on the Squadron and all were killed.

    * Clearly, both a/c. were not shot down by flak. Col.

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    Appendix 1 - Honour Roll.
    Casualties - Middle East.

    12 October 1943

    Aircraft: (Halifax II) BB417

    1190798 F/Sgt (Pilot) Michael Frank HALL RAFVR +
    CAN R/97524 W/O (Obs.) Frank Richmond Vincent NELLO RCAF +
    1061575 F/Sgt (Bomb Aimer) Melbourne Glaister FRASER RAFVR +
    1379996 F/Sgt (W./Op.) Albert GRIFFIN RAFVR +
    1218515 F/Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Gordon Frederick William LAWRENCE RAFVR +
    1262360 F/Sgt (Rear Gnr.) Raymond Llewellyn FENNELL RAFVR +

    All commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    See:
    To See the Dawn Again:A History of 462 Squadron,RAAF 1942-2008
    Lax,Mark & Leon Kane-Maguire.
    Wanniassa:Authors,2008
    A. pp.91-2
    B. p.435

    Col.
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    Col,

    Once again, many thanks for your help.

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    Errol Martyn For Your Tomorow Vol.2 has BB333 also on Maritza raid and crew on 4th. op.

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    Hello All,

    462 Squadron Operations Diary - Middle East.

    Date: 11/12 Oct 43
    Target: Maritza Aerodrome, Rhodes.
    A/c. Disp.: 8
    A/c. Bomb: 7
    Remarks: A/c. BB417 crashed in sea.


    Date: 12/13 Oct 43
    Target: Maritza Aerodrome, Rhodes.
    A/c. Disp.: 5
    A/c. Bomb: 4
    Remarks: A/c. BB333 lost. 1 a/c. bombed Katravia Aerodrome, Rhodes.

    See:
    To See the Dawn Again p.460.

    Col.
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    Entry for BB333 from my Vol Two herewith:

    Tue 12/Wed 13 Oct 1943
    MEDITERRANEAN AIR COMMAND

    Raid on airfield at Maritza, Rhodes
    462 Squadron, RAAF (Terria, Libya - 240 Wing, IXth Bomber Command, US 9th Air Force, Middle East)
    Halifax II BB333 - took off at 2351 captained by Flt Sgt K E M Marsh, RAF, and seven minutes later, after completing a ‘tight’ circuit, crashed from 800-1000 feet 2 miles north of the airfield. The bomb load exploded after impact, destroying the wrecked Halifax to such an extent as to making investigation of the cause impossible. The six crew are buried at Benghazi.
    Navigator: NZ421941 Flt Sgt Mitchell RIDLAND, RNZAF - Age 34. 303hrs. 4th op.

    Errol

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    Hello All,

    For completeness, here is the crew of BB333:-

    Halifax II BB333:J

    1386008 F/Sgt (Pilot) Kenneth Ernest Mark MARSH RAFVR + (6.E.13)
    NZ421941 F/Sgt (Nav.) Mitchell RIDLAND* RNZAF + (6.G.4)
    1575088 Sgt (Bomb Aimer) Ian William COLVIN RAFVR + (6.E.12)
    1800355 Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Edward James STICKLAND RAFVR + (6.E.14)
    1331844 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Sydney Ernest TILLEY RAFVR + (6.E.15)
    1016325 Sgt. (Air Gnr.) Thomas James KELLY RAFVR + (6.E.10)

    All buried Benghazi War Cemetery.

    * 3 ops with 462 Sqn.,as suggested by Errol in FYT3/411.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col for the four missing names in my files for BB333.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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