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    Hello,

    For the Circumstantial Report on Rackley's incident on 21/22-6-1944, simply go to:

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1077984

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    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE - GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commision. As Plt. Off. on prob. (emerg.) - Sgts:

    1357292 William Alfred DAVIES (179238) -31 May 1944.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/3998

    CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...-alfred-cyril/

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    Col,
    Thanks. I doubt we shall hear from Steve Morgan. I tried emailing but he used his work address and the business has closed!

    Thanks for info on commission. How terrible that the squadron did not know of it, three weeks later and that it was not Gazetted until he was dead.

    I don't know how you saved the direct link to NAA. All I could get was a URL with a temporary session in it.

    I have found him now on IBCC losses and they have the correct story. Odd though that he is not shown as dead in Chorley.

    It would be nice to get in touch with Rackley. The secretary of the Bomber Command Association of Australia doesn't seem willing to pass any messages on, despite knowing him.

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    Stuart,

    Sgt Wiliam Davies was the sole survivor in this traumatic incident, earlier in 1944:

    20-21 Feb 1944
    No.630 Sqn
    Lancaster III ND563:LE-
    Op: Stuttgart

    T/o 2340 East Kirkby but swung out of control and after crashing through the boundary fence ran over the Stickney road and lost its undercarriage. Moments later, the bomb load exploded. P/O Murray and Sgt Walley rest in Cambridge City Cemetery, while Sgt Remole RCAF lies in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. Sgt Davies was not badly hurt.

    P/O E J Murray +
    Sgt F Westhead +
    Sgt P G Mottram +
    F/O H K Battye +
    Sgt K J Wallbey +
    Sgt D W Remole RCAF +
    Sgt W Davies - Injured

    BCL5/96

    Would take some fortitude to get back in a rear turret after such an event.

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    Yes, I found that page in Chorley, although it is the pilot (Rackley) that I am interested in, rather than the gunner. It would be nice though if Morgan's son could pop up here, although I doubt he will after having no replies in three years.

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    "Blue" Rackley could be contacted via his daughter Pamela Rackley

    His experiences 21/22-6-1944 are mentioned here on the 630 Squadron research website

    https://630squadron.wordpress.com/20...944-june-1944/

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