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    Hello,

    I'm looking for the serial numbers and codes of the following two Mitchell losses:

    19.8.44

    98 Sqn Mitchell II
    F/L A Mewa RNZAF +
    F/L L S Ajrekar +
    W/O A E Nicholls +
    W/O F F Pitt +
    T/o just before midnight to drop flares in support of Mosquito operations in the Falaise area. Lost without trace.

    12.9.44

    98 Sqn Mitchell II
    F/O K Marlow +
    F/O A N Mercer +
    F/S R Tams +
    W/O L K Staines +
    W/O Staines is buried in Cadzand General Cemetery. The others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Many thanks in advance!

    regards

    Steve

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    Hi Steve
    From 2nd TAF vol 2 Shores/Thomas-
    19/8/44 HD329/B
    12/9/44 FW167/E
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hi Dick,

    thanks a lot for the info!

    On 25th September 1944 98 Sqn lost two Mitchells:

    98 Sqn Mitchell II 2TAF
    P/O S Harrison +
    F/O G R Munton +
    P/O H M Nottle RAAF +
    All rest in Jonkerbos Cemetery, Netherlands.

    98 Sqn Mitchell II 2TAF
    F/S B L Williams RAAF +
    F/O T J Lennie RAAF +
    F/S Williams and F/O Lennie rest in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.

    What were the serials and codes? Who were the missing crew members?

    Sgt G E Davies rests in Hannover War Cemetery. His death is shown with 25. September 1943. Maybe the date is wrong and he was a crew member of one of the two Mitchells that were lost on 25th September 1944?

    Maybe someone knows the answer...

    regards

    Steve

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    Hi Steve
    Same Vol 2nd TAF has both shot down N of Arnhem by Fw190s.The missing names from Williams' crew in FW194/N,
    W/O H F Bowmaster( no fate recorded)
    F/Lt C B Carter KIA
    From Harrison's crew in FW211/Y
    F/Sgt R G Taylor POW
    Regards
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    Thanks again, Dick!

    The death of Sgt Davies remains a mystery.

    regards

    Steve

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    I believe DAVIES was a crew member on Stirling EH944 of 90 Sqn on a raid to Hanover 22/23-9-1943. Baled out in error. Died in a German hospital (25-9-1943) and initially was buried at Hildesheim.
    Further research up to you friends !!
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    that is a very interestiing suggestion.

    I will try to get more informations from Hildesheim community.

    kind regards


    Steve

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    My apologies for bumping this thread up. But I landed up here while searching for information on the death of Flt Lt Alick Mewa, mentioned in the first Mitchell loss. Mewa was an RNZAF officer of Indian Origin. (And I wonder how his parents ended up in NZ in the 30s/40s !)

    (Can I request Errol to shed some light on this NZ officer?)

    Then looking at the crew list - I realised the second crew name Ajrekar also sounded Indian. Sure enough Flt Lt Laxman Shripad Ajrekar is shown as a Navigator from a NA document fom 1942.

    seems logical to bunch the two Indians in the Squadron together as a crew...

    Added Later: Found an entry for Mewa http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/29722.detail which credits Errol's Book - has two photographs of him.
    Last edited by Jagan; 29th October 2010 at 00:54. Reason: Mewa Link

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    Jagan,

    From my Vol Two:

    Fri 18/Sat 19 Aug 1944
    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE

    Flare dropping over the Falaise area, France
    98 Squadron, RAF (Dunsfold, Surrey - 139 Wing, 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force)
    Mitchell II HD329/B - took off at 2348 to drop flares in support of Mosquito operations in the Falaise area and lost without trace, the four crew being commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Pilot: NZ414320 Flt Lt Alick MEWA, RNZAF - Age 25. 654hrs.
    According to a contemporary media report Mewa was the first member of the Indian community in New Zealand to be commissioned in the RNZAF. The RAF navigator was also Indian and an officer.

    And Vol Three:

    MEWA, Flight Lieutenant Alick.
    NZ414320; b Auckland 23 Feb 19; Auckland Grammar; structural engineer - Steel Construction Co, Auckland. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 27 Jul 41, 4EFTS 7 Sep 41, 3FTS 18 Oct 41, Pilots Badge [wef 29.11.41] & Comm 10 Jan 42, att RAF & emb for UK 30 Jan 42, 3PRC 14 Mar 42, 7PRC 27 Apr 42, 14(P)AFU 30 Apr 42 [att 1520BATF for c.1 wk in Jun], 42OTU (Blenheim, Whitley) 9 Jul 42 [att 1526BATF (Oxford) for c.1 wk in Oct; became staff pilot on return to OTU], 13OTU (Boston, Mitchell) [as staff pilot?] 17 Sep 43, 2GSU (Mitchell) 19 Jul 44, 98 Sqn (Mitchell) 6 Aug 44, kao 19 Aug 44. Runnymede Memorial - Panel 262. Son of Ranjan & Piyari Mewa (née Dudley), Westmere, Auckland. Note: Mewa was the first member of the Indian race to be commissioned in the RNZAF. [phot. TWN 1.11.44].

    Errol

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    Thanks Errol - much appreciated! Just as comprehensive repsonse as I expected it to be.

    -Jagan

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