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    Cummings (The Price of Peace) lists 19 names for those onboard the aircraft, but twenty in the first line of the entry and in the narrative states 14 US personnel.

    F/Lt R.C. Hawkins DFM, Pilot
    F/O M. Watson DFM, Nav
    F/O E.F. Clemens, WO
    F/O E. Hadley, AG
    Sgt E.A. Cox
    LAC A. Appleyard

    S/Sgt R.W. Gohl
    S/Sgt J.E. Haerle
    S/Sgt E.J. Murray
    S/Sgt F.K. Pescia
    S/Sgt F.D. Sanchez
    Sgt W.L. Panagakos
    Pvt F.G. Milton
    Pvt L.V.C. Carvanah
    Pvt P. Cirelli
    Pvt E.H. Nevens
    Pvt O.N. Price
    Pvt N.O. Williams
    T/Sgt E.J. Osep (looks like a possible mis-spelling of Joseph)
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    According to Freddie Clark AE595 lost on 21/3/45. (F/O G.S. Ragan & Crew) AE505 lost on 18/5/45 (F/L R.C. Hawkins & Crew)

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    Thanks for the reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Larder View Post
    According to Freddie Clark AE595 lost on 21/3/45. (F/O G.S. Ragan & Crew) AE505 lost on 18/5/45 (F/L R.C. Hawkins & Crew)
    Air Britain (and Errol Martyn in his 'For Your Tomorrow' Vol.2, page 332) have AE505 21-3-1945.
    Serials AE595 up to AE600 were never delivered.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Following up on Henk's post, here is the entry I have in my Vol Two:

    "Tue 20/Wed 21 Mar 1945
    161 Squadron, RAF (Tempsford, Bedfordshire - 38 Group)
    Hudson III AE505/L - took off at 2205 piloted by Fg Off G S Ragan, RCAF, on Operation WALNUT to drop an agent half way between Osnabrück and the Dutch frontier. Brought down on the eastern outskirts of Rheine after dropping the agent, the Hudson crashed onto the munitions dump at Rheine airfield at 0305. The four crew were buried in the Catholic Cemetery just east of the airfield, at Königgesche Forst, but later reinterred at Reichswald Forest, 5km SW of Kleve.
    Air Gunner: NZ425626 Flt Sgt Cecil Algot THOMAS, RNZAF - Age 30. 192hrs. 6th op."

    An MRES report on Thomas's service record gives the serial as AE595, but as Henk points out this was never allotted to any RAF aircraft. Air-Britain serials volumes confirm AE505 as:

    Missing on SOE mission over Germany, 21.3.45; believed collided with night fighter.

    There is, however, no mention as to the cause of the loss in Thomas's service record.

    The other two crew members, according the MRES report, were:

    Wt Off F E Gray, R104994 (WOp/AG)
    Flt Sgt P Beadley, 1543070 (Nav)

    Errol

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    Thanks gentleman

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    Hello, late to the game here. I was doing some ongoing research on my grandfather. Eric Clemens and came across this site and forum thread. If anyone has any information please feel free to contact me.

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