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    Default Dreux Cemetery France - Three crew who died 30 May 1942

    I have recently been photographing war graves in Northern France. In the Communal Cemetery of Dreux in Northern France, among the 72 war graves of RAF and Army, there are three war graves of aviators who died on 30th May 1942. They are not buried together but around the cemetery, however, I feel they may be from the same crew:

    1) 1166960 Sergeant George HOUGHTON, 460 Sqn. Position, aircraft, crash site and age all unknown.

    2) 1167148 Sergeant Kenneth MELLOWES, 460 Sqn. Position, aiircraft, crash site and age all unknown.

    3) 402967 Flying Officer Russel Allen JONES, RAAF, position, squadron, aircraft, crash site and age all unknown.

    I have found a little more information on the CWGC but still looking for target information, aircraft, crash site, ages and Squadron for Jones. I understand 460 were operating Wellingtons in 1942 but not sure when.

    If any more is known of these three aviators and what led to their deaths I would be most grateful. Thank you.

    Norman

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    Z1391 was one of two No.460 Sqdn Wellingtons lost on this operation. See: Z1388. Airborne 2342 29 May 42 from Breighton. Crashed in the vicinity of Dreux (Eure et Loire), France, where those killed were buried in the Communal Cemetery. Cause of the crash not established.
    F/O R.A.P. Jones RAAF KIA
    Sgt C.H. Younger RAAF PoW
    Sgt G. Houghton KIA
    Sgt K.R. Mellowes KIA
    Sgt G.H. Loder RAAF PoW
    Sgt G.H. Loder was interned in Camps L3/L6/357, PoW No. 430 with Sgt C.H. Younger, PoW No. 538.
    No doubt others will be along with fuller details.

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    Details on JONES dob etc. two files digitised at NAA

    JONES RUSSELL ALLEN PERA : Service Number - 402967 : Date of birth - 06 Apr 1916 : Place of birth - MUDGEE NSW : Place of enlistment - SYDNEY : Next of Kin - JONES GEORGE

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    Hello Kevin,
    Does your source give the target?
    Norman

    Later.....
    I have now discovered the target was Gennevilliers and the aircraft crashed near Dreux.
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    Target may have been the Gnome & Rhône Engine factories.

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    Thanks Henk

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    Norman,

    29/30 May 1942 Paris/Gennevilliers

    77 aircraft - 31 Wellingtons, 20 Halifaxes, 14 Lancasters, 9 Stirlings, 3 Hampdens - to the Gnome & Rhone factory, 4 Wellingtons and 1 Halifax lost.
    Later photographic cover showed little or no damage to the factory, A local report says that 38 houses were destroyed and 49 damaged, with 34 French people being killed and 167 injured.

    Bomber Command War Diaries
    Middlebrook & Everitt
    page 268


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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyn A Critchlow View Post
    Norman,

    29/30 May 1942 Paris/Gennevilliers

    77 aircraft - 31 Wellingtons, 20 Halifaxes, 14 Lancasters, 9 Stirlings, 3 Hampdens - to the Gnome & Rhone factory, 4 Wellingtons and 1 Halifax lost.

    Bomber Command War Diaries
    Middlebrook & Everitt
    page 268

    Martyn
    also 1 Stirling lost, according to Bill Chorley's 1942 BCL volume.

    Errol

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