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    Does anyone know what happened to:
    CULLEY, Geoffrey Matthew, Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gunner) 1164676, 39 Sqn., RAF. Died 17.05.1942. Youngest son of the late Capt. J.M.G. Culley and Elizabeth F. Culley, of Sunhill, Alresford, Hants. Buried Tobruk War cemetery,1.B.17 (cwgc)
    39 Sqn. was flying Bristol Beaufort torpedo bombers from L.G.86, Egypt on anti-shipping strikes.
    No mention in 39 Sqn history or “Torpedo Leader”, Gibbs, P.
    Would be grateful for any help.

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    CWGC have three other 39 Sqdn crew killed same day also at Tobruk War Cemetery, so would seem to be crew of the same aircraft.

    Name: COATES, WILLIAM ERNEST
    Initials: W E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 39 Sqdn.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 17/05/1942
    Service No: 119744
    Additional information: Son of John Joseph and Annie Elizabeth Coates, of Horley, Surrey.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. B. 20.
    Cemetery: TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY

    Name: SACKMAN, ALBERTO
    Initials: A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 39 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 17/05/1942
    Service No: 1375726
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. B. 18.
    Cemetery: TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY

    Name: WESTON, JACK
    Initials: J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 39 Sqdn.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 17/05/1942
    Service No: 921146
    Additional information: Son of Percival Gover Weston and Edith May Weston, of South Croydon, Surrey; husband of Rebecca Weston.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. B. 19.
    Cemetery: TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY

    That might help...
    Last edited by KevinW4; 2nd December 2009 at 22:49.

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    Thanks, Kevin - very helpful.

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    Armed with the information, have found a match:-

    17.05.1942: Beaufort IIa AW358 was lost with its crew when an engine caught fire on take off at Bu Amud (“The Beaufort File”, Hayward,R., ISBN: 9780851301716)

    Hurrah for Hampshire Libraries! Thanks again.

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    Don't think that AW358 was the correct aircraft for COATES, SACKMAN, WESTON and CULLEY. The a/c crashed in Egypt and the crew buried in Tobruk, Libya.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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