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    Looking for details on the death on 26/6/1942 of Jack Lacy ABSON 950317. Originally posted Missing and then Presumed KIA, now listed on the Alamein Memorial.

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    25/26 June 1942

    37Sqn

    Sgt IG Medwin RNZAF inj
    F/Sgt K Andrews inj
    Sgt T A Dixon
    F/SgtDWMogg
    Sgt J L Abson +
    Sgt T A Richardson

    Wellington 1C DV522
    Op: Battle Area

    Took off 0001-0045, LG 09.40km SW of Mersa Matruh they were attacked by a fighter which fired one long burst and started a fire. The crew were ordered to prepare to bail out, but Sgt Abson misheard and jumped. The others stayed with the aircraft, which was belly-landed in the desert, both pilots receiving head injuries. The crew walked to British lines and was picked up after 3 hours by a forward army patrol. Sgt Abson is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.


    Taken from 'RAF Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean'. - Gunby/Pelham Temple.

    Hope this is a help

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    Peter

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    Martyn,

    Medwin, the captain, also did not survive the war:

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices)':

    MEDWIN, Squadron Leader Ian George, mid.
    NZ41488; b Ulverstone, Tas., Australia 13 Jun 17; to NZ by 1922; Pukekohe THS & King Edward TColl, Dunedin; retail salesman - H & J Court Ltd, Hamilton. NZ Army/TF (2Bty NZA) 10 mths; RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 19 Jan 41, 4EFTS 2 Mar 41, 3FTS 12 Apr 41, Pilots Badge [wef 24.5.41] & Sgt 5 Jul 41, att RAF & emb for UK 22 Jul 41, 3PRC 2 Sep 41, 11OTU (Wellington) 16 Sep [6 Oct?] 41, 15OTU/FT&DF (Wellington) 21 Dec 41, flew a Wellington to Egypt via Gibraltar & Malta lvg 29 Dec 41, ME Pool 6 Jan 42, 37 Sqn (Wellington - 33 ops) 22 Jan 42, Comm 27 May 42, inj when shot down by e/a & c/ldg behind lines - walked to British lines & picked up in 3 hrs by forward army patrol 25/26 Jun 42, 22PTC 29 Aug 42, by Empire Flying Boat to UK via West Africa 4-9 Sep 42, 2PDC 10 Sep 42, 11OTU (Wellington) as instr 27 Sep 42 [att 3FIS (Oxford) 31 Oct-?, att 92GIF (Wellington) for cse 9-c.15 Dec], 29OTU (Wellington) as instr 28 Dec 42, 2GSU (Mosquito) 15 Oct 44, 487 Sqn RNZAF (Mosquito - 9 ops) 8 Jan 45, kao 6 Apr 45. Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery - 7.BB.10, Fouilloy, Somme, France. Son of Hubert George & Rhoda Medwin (née McIvor), Claudelands, Hamilton. [OHT2, BSD & phot. TWN 9.5.45].

    OHT2 = Vol Two of the official history, 'New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force', which can be viewed online at
    http://www.nzetc.org/projects/wh2/index.html

    A brother, Ian, also served with the RNZAF.

    From Colin Hanson's BSD ('By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999'):

    MEDWIN, Flight Lieutenant Edric James, mid.
    NZ41522; Born Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia, 19 Oct 1914; RNZAF 19 Jan 1941 to 5 Nov 1945; Navigator.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (10 Jul 1945): For meritorious service. Served two tours in the S & SWPAs with 3 and 9 Sqns RNZAF (Hudson/Ventura).
    Died Tauranga, 26 Apr 1990. Brother of Sqn Ldr I G Medwin, below.

    MEDWIN, Squadron Leader Ian George, mid.
    NZ41488; Born Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia, 13 Jun 1917; RNZAF 19 Jan 1941 to (kao) 6 Apr 1945; Pilot.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (14 Jan 1944): For bravery in action and meritorious fulfilment of duty. Served with 487 Sqn RNZAF (Mosquito). Sqn Ldr Medwin’s first tour was with 37 Sqn RAF (Wellington) flying 33 sorties over Greece, Crete and the Western Desert. Member of the ‘Late Arrivals Club’; on 25 Jun 1942 Fg Off Medwin was shot down in flames, crash-landing near Tobruk. Although injured he walked back through enemy lines. Following a tour of duty as an instructor at 29 OTU RAF (Wellington) he joined 487 Sqn on 5 Jan 1945 and from airfields in France carried out a further eight sorties. Kao 6 Apr 1945 with 487 Sqn on his 43rd sortie. Sqn Ldr Medwin’s Mosquito struck a telegraph pole just after take-off on an intruder mission to attack railway junctions and trains. Buried at the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, Somme, France. His navigator, also killed, was Fg Off A J Coe, RNZAF.
    Brother of Flt Lt E J Medwin, above.

    Errol

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    Peter/Errol,

    Many thanks for your excellent information. Another one on my list that's completed.

    Martyn

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