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    Hi All

    Please can anyone supply Squadrons or Units for the following?

    CWGC give:

    519693 Sgt John Sinden - 26 - Runnymede Memorial
    577701 Sgt Robert Sinden - 18 - Runnymede Memorial
    213336 Sgt V B Sinden - 55 - Boughton Aluph Churchyard

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    Aubrey

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    20 OTU and 467 Sqn for the first two haven't found the third one yet.

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    from Bill Chorley's BC Losses:

    06 Jun 42
    20 OTU D Flt Wellington 1C DV713 ZT-W Training Take Off Lossiemouth for Navex while over the sea encountered severe electrical storm, whilst trying to get below cloud flew into the sea 8 miles east south east of Petehead. No survivors.

    19 Feb 43
    467 Sqn Lancaster III ED 529 Operation: Wilhelmshaven Take Off 1755 Lost without trace Sgt Sinden aged 18.

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    Hi Daz

    Many thanks for that

    Two out of three in less than half an hour can't be bad!

    As Valentine Benjamin was 55 it's more than likely he was ground crew which makes things more difficult anyway

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    Thanks Daz for the additional info that came through whilst I was thanking you for your first response

    Regards,
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    V B died on active service (Flight magazine)

    and from: http://www.ashfordsfallen.com/BOUGHTON%20ALUPH%20WW2.pdf


    SINDEN, VALENTINE BENJAMIN. Sergeant, 213336.
    Royal Air Force.
    Died 13 April 1940. Aged 55.
    Born Boughton Aluph, Ashford, Kent.
    Son of Alfred and Frances Sinden of Boughton Less, Ashford, Kent.
    On the 1901 census Valentine aged 15 is shown as residing at home in Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent, with his parents, at which time he was an Apprentice Carpenter, apparently following in the trade of his 55 year old father. On the Absent Voters List 1918, Valentine’s home address is shown as School House, Eastwell, Ashford, Kent, at which time his number had not been changed for the later one as at time of death, as such he was NK/13666 Sergeant Valentine Benjamin Sinden, 207 Training Depot, Royal Air Force. Valentine’s two brothers also both served in the Great War, Bertie James Sinden as Private 6264 The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), and 444667 19th Battalion, Labour Corps. Percy David Sinden served as Private 12738 The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), and Private,102575, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).

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    Hi Amrit

    Thank you for the info on V.B together with the bonus of additional data for the family tree

    Much appreciated

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    Aubrey,

    Are you aware of this 'Sinden':

    Name: SINDEN, REGINALD CHARLES ALBERT
    Initials: R C A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 36
    Date of Death: 24/12/1942
    Service No.: 1442657
    Additional information: Son of Albert Edward and Marion Edith Sinden; husband of Vera Kathleen Sinden, of Peckham, London.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 343.
    Cemetery: BEXLEY HEATH CEMETERY

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th October 2009 at 20:08. Reason: minor correction

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    Hi Col

    Yes, he was No 4 on the list of 5 that I extracted from the CWGC

    Of them, I knew that No 1 was Aircrew and was pretty sure that, as Nos 2 and 3 were on the Runnymede Memorial, they also were

    As No 4 obviously was not, then I thought there was little chance of discovering details of his service career. I'm afraid that it's another case of the ground staff getting the thin end of the wedge. I'm reminded of the poem that appeared on this Forum some time ago about one of them saying he'd just lost his best chum, a Spitfire pilot who, when decorated, said that his maintenance men deserved the recognition more than he did

    I thought it worth checking on No 5 because in "One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing" there was a very elderly A/G (played I think by Godfrey Tearle)

    Nevertheless, it was kind of you to put forward AC2 R.C.A Sinden. Much appreciated

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    Aubrey

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    R Sinden was a Halton Apprentice - 41st. Entry (Halton RoH)

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