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    Default 12 Sqn Wellington W5570 lost 10 April 1942

    Hi all,

    This 12 Sqn aircraft was lost without a trace on a raid to Essen. Does anyone have any more information on where it might have gone down?

    I have a crew list that needs confirming and I have sent for the file of the fellow in the crew who is on my list of possible Malvern students: F/Sgt. William Tripp McEwen of Toronto. If anyone has any other details to share, it would be appreciated, as always. Thanks.

    Airborne 21:58 10 Apr 1942 from RAF Binbrook. Lost without trace.

    P/O H.L. Cook RCAF KIA
    Sgt R.R. Frost RAAF KIA
    F/S C.A. Fletcher RAAF KIA
    Sgt E.V. Pratt KIA
    Sgt F.D.N. Row KIA
    F/S W.T. McEwen RCAF KIA
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    Hi,
    Hi, can confirm crew list is correct.

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    Thanks Alan, can I assume that confirmation comes from Chorley?

    Is there anyone in the group with access to the 12 Sqn ORB who could shed more light on this one?
    David

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    Default RAAF records, Canberra

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    Hello David,

    The two Australian crew members of this Wellington are held on file at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. The files are open but not yet digitalised. The following servicemen are mentioned in the files / repatriation casualty records:-

    402328 Flight Sergeant Colin Alais FLETCHER, age 20, RAAF
    403047 Sergeant Rae Rees FROST, age 25, RAAF
    J/15258 Pilot Officer Howard Leslie COOK, age 25, RCAF
    1160114 Sergeant Edwin Victor PRATT, age not known, RAF
    1184110 Sergeant Findon Douglas Newton ROW, aged 27, RAF
    R/69829 Flight Sergeant William Tripp McEWEN, age 25, RCAF

    Further details can be found using this URL:- http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Items_listing.asp?S=1&F=1&O=0&T=I&C=2

    No mention of crew functions in either NAA (RAAF) records or CWGC casualty records. Do you already know them Dave (Toronto) ?

    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 18th July 2009 at 11:03. Reason: adding 'R' before McEwens Canadian service number and ammending name of NEWTON to ROW.

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    Hi Norman,

    That all important "R" prefix on F/S McEwen's service number is missing.

    I am at work but when I get home (and if somebody hasn't already done it) I will have a look at "RAF Evaders" and see if Sgt Newton is listed.

    So far that book, especially the appendices, has proven to be worth its weight in gold. It would be nice if Clutton-Brock had his master list of evaders, and indeed his master list of POWs from his last book, online for ease of searching. The text is rather small.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thank you Dave, (Stockholm)

    In post no 4, I have corrected McEwens Canadian service number with the prefix 'J'.

    Also have found Findon Douglas Newton ROW on the CWGC site so this must be the same man F.D.NEWTON (same service number) as recorded on the RAAF casualty file.

    Norman
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    Dave,
    I was on my way out when i answered your posting, just got back and can tell you that confirmation of crew came from 12sqdn ORB. I cannot find any earlier entries for W.T. McEwen with this or any other crews, apart from a 'Sgt H.B. McEwan' (note initials and spelling of name) who flew with the Cook crew on 3/4th March 42. The rear gunner position in Cook's crew seemed to be taken regulary by F/Sgt G. Mills.
    Positions at time of loss........
    Cook, Pilot.
    Frost, 2nd Pilot.
    Fletcher, Nav.
    Pratt, W/Op.
    Row, Front gunner.
    McEwen, Rear gunner.

    Regards.......Alan.
    Last edited by AlanW; 18th July 2009 at 06:58.

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    Thanks Alan, that's very helpful and appreciated - straight from the ORB.

    I have just received the first batch of files from Ottawa on my Malvern Collegiate war dead but they are working through my list alphabetically and we haven't got the Ms yet.

    I took just under four months and I received four large parcels by priority post. Lots of work to do now!
    David

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