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    Hi All

    With all the information out there - I must be looking in the wrong places for information on flyers and RAF personnel.

    Including Brian Espin-Hempsall - please advise where I should be looking.

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    John (The frustrated)

    Sergeant 1593823 – Flight Engineer, 625 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve.
    Died 09.11.1944, aged 19
    625 Squadron flew Lancaster’s from Kelstern in Lincolnshire. Brian is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany.

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    John,
    According to BC Losses (Chorley) his aircraft was last seen decending into cloud over the target area, i have the 625sqdn Operations Record Book from Jan 43 onwards, i'll have a look through it to see what i can find for you, starting from 9th Nov and working back to see previous ops.
    Cheers.......Alan.
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    Do you have the crash details from the sources available online, like the Lancaster Archive?

    http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_losses%20nov44.pdf

    This a/c is also mentioned in a thread on this forum from a while back, although only briefly.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4364&highlight=LM731

    I will leave it to the RAF experts to explain the intricacies of getting personnel files for British crew, which is nigh on impossible unless you are a relative.

    Also 625 Squadron Memorial Association (Nic Lewis).

    http://www.associations.rafinfo.org.uk/squadron.htm

    Other sources: Flight Global, London Gazette.
    David

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    John,
    From the 625sqdn ORB, this crew were posted in on 02/09/44 from 300sqdn, they took part in 19 ops with 625 before being lost on their 20th,. Their Lancaster was last seen losing height through cloud with the a/c's wheels in the down position.
    If you would like copies of the pages for the 20 ops, email me and i'll get back to you.
    Regards...........Alan.

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    The family is 'on-line' via Google. A brother was a Met Man.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Thanks to all who have posted replies - the information is very much appreciated.

    Regards

    John

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