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    Can anyone provide the aircraft and circumstances behind the following casualties ?

    Wing Commander Peter B N Davis 299 Sqn 19.9.44
    Flight Sergeant Noel McClean 607 Sqn 12.2.42
    Lieutenant John A Rooper H.M.S. Ark Royal 11.6.41
    Squadron Leader Arthur B Wilkinson 295 Sqn 14.7.43

    The connection between the men is that they were all pre-war glider pilots.

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    From: Cummings' "Though Without Anger"

    Stirling EF319 Kempenbergerweg (Arnhem)
    Shot down whilst on its dropping run. W/C Davis was the squadron commander and had had a long and distinguished career with airborne forces, being involved in the early stages of development and holding positions of responsibility as well as taking part in several major operations.

    Wing Commander Peter Brian Newsom Davis DSO Pilot
    Flight Lieutenant Fred Mason Navigator
    Squadron Leader Cecil Aubrey Gerald Wingfield - staff officer flying as observer
    Driver Richard Entwhistle Ashton 63 (Airborne) Company RASC

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    Halifax EB145 295 Sqdn Missing
    This aircraft was missing from a sortie related to the invasion of Sicily but the cause of its loss is not known. Squadron Leader Wilkinson was the captain of one of the aircraft used to tow gliders on Operation Freshman the previous November.

    Squadron Leader Arthur Bernard Wilkinson DFC (USA) Pilot
    Flying Officer Roy Ingle Hargreaves
    Sergeant Eric Spencer Barber
    Sergeant George Beans
    Sergeant Alan Clarke
    Sergeant George Millar

    From Sturtivant's "FAA Aircraft 1939-45":

    ROOPER was in Martlet AL254 that collided with Fulmer N1924 (O'DONOVAN & MORRIS)
    Last edited by Amrit; 27th December 2009 at 12:30. Reason: additional entry
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    Thanks for the reply Amrit,

    I think Noel McClean's death was connected with the operations against the "Channel Dash" (Scharnhorst & Gneisenau). . .

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