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    Default Hampden AD750 106 Squadron

    Greetings, after my earlier successes tracing crews, I have been asked to try to trace any next of kin from the above aircraft, lost on the 4th Feb 1941 while on a mine laying mission. The Crew were:

    F/O W.K.B.Thomas
    P/O G.H.F.Inniss
    Sgt J.L.Franco
    Sgt F.A.Colson

    All the crew were killed and are buried at NANTES (PONT-DU-CENS) COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    For example Name: THOMAS, WILLIAM KELMAN BURR
    Initials: W K B
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 106 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 04/02/1941
    Service No: 72251
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot L. Row A. Joint grave 16.


    if anyone has any information they can add I'd be most interested

    Many thanks

    Jonathan

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    Other crew members from CMWGC were

    Name: INNISS, GEORGE HAROLD FREDERICK Initials: G H F Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Unit Text: 106 Sqdn. Age: 24 Date of Death: 04/02/1941 Service No: 43036 Additional information: Son of Charles H. Inniss and Caroline Inniss, of Barbados. Arts Graduate of Durham University. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot L. Row A. Grave 15.

    Name: FRANCO, JACK LEWIS Initials: J L Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Unit Text: 106 Sqdn. Age: 24 Date of Death: 04/02/1941 Service No: 652586 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot L. Row A. Grave 14.

    Name: COLSON, FREDERICK ARNOLD Initials: F A Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Unit Text: 106 Sqdn. Age: 18 Date of Death: 04/02/1941 Service No: 553425 Additional information: Son of Frederick Thomas Colson and Ada Margaret Colson, of Norwich, Norfolk. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot L. Row A. Joint grave 16.

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    Hello Jonathan,

    I've found a French website, where you will find some answers including photos:

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/pertes_raf_loire_atlantique.html

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/4%20fevrier%2041/Hampden-AD750.html

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/4%20fevrier%2041/thomas.html

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/4%20fevrier%2041/Thomas.jpg


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    Just speculation, but as Sgt Colson and Flying Officer Thomas share the same grave, it indicates that they were in the wreckage close together to be indistinguishable from each other, with no rank badges etc to enable positive identification, whereas Sgt Franco and P/O Innes could be identified. Is there any significance to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Argus View Post
    Hello Jonathan,

    I've found a French website, where you will find some answers including photos:

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/pertes_raf_loire_atlantique.html

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/4%20fevrier%2041/Hampden-AD750.html

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/4%20fevrier%2041/thomas.html

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Loire%20Atlantique/4%20fevrier%2041/Thomas.jpg


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    Finn Buch
    Many thanks Finn Buch - yes this web site is the association I'm trying to help. They helped my family regarding BK646, so I help them try to trace any surviving relations in the UK. My other hobby is genealogy, which is often the best way to trace families and was partly how I traced the families of the 7 members of Stirling BK646

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    Hello Jonathan,

    F/O William Kelman Burr Thomas, place of birth Oban, Scotland. So better start you research from this location.

    http://www.snwm.org/cgi-bin/db_w2.pl?function=view&id=51014

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    Finn Buch

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    Many thanks Argus - interesting that F/O Thomas's place of birth is Oban, I was told Glasgow, so this may be the clue I needed.

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    Well after placing a newpaper story in both the Oban Times and the Merthyr newspaper, I got a call from a cousin in Wales of William Kelman Burr Thomas. I have sent her all the info I have and she is delighted. This means only Sgt Jack Franco to trace

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    Congtatulations.
    A good bit of hunting
    Keep up the good work
    Best wishes
    James

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    Just a thought but "Franco" doesn't sound too English. Is it possible he may have been French or Belgian? It may also have been an alias in that case to protect any family still in Occupied Territory. And account for lack of further details. Yes, I discounted Spanish!!
    It may give you a fresh direction to check.

    Edit: I see you have been ahead of me if an American Name!!
    Last edited by KevinW4; 23rd March 2010 at 12:42.

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