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    Default Peter Horsfield - 172 Squadron.

    Hi All

    Can anyone identify the aircraft/Mission that claimed the life of Peter Horsfield (Sergeant 952955) Died 31 January 1944.

    I am researching the names on Maltby War Memorial - Peter is Commemorated thereon.

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    John

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    Hi, John
    Surprised you haven't had a response yet. Obviously the weather is so nice, everyone is out gardening!

    172 were flying Wellingtons at this time, usually with a 6 man crew.

    There are 11 RAF casualties recorded by the CWGC for that day, all on the Runnymede Memorial.

    001 ARDING RG 904417 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    002 FISHER RCH 1318518 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    003 FITZGERALD CK 89339 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    004 HORSFIELD P 952955 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    005 MACLENNAN DJ 1348991 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    006 PEARL P 1393850 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    007 PORTER AB 1287755 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    008 PRITCHARD J 638478 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    009 RICHARDS LD 1315328 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    010 THOMPSON AJR 137315 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    011 WEIR SJ 1081810 172 SQDN 31/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    This seems a large number of crew, perhaps a midair collision. Alternatively, they may have been aboard a transport flight which came down in the sea.

    Possibly this chap could have been another, making the two 6 man crews.....
    001 NEESON AJ 410557 - 31/01/1944 ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

    Hopefully a Coastal Command whiz will come along shortly and have more info for you.

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    Hello John,

    I can't confirm, but he could be a crewmember of Wellington HF279 from 172 Sqn, lost on 31/1 1944, on a U-boat mission.

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    Finn Buch

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    Hi All,

    AUS410557 F/Sgt Andrew John NEESON RAAF, lost on 30/31-1-1944 in No.626 Sqn. Lancaster I UM-X2. See: BCL5/70.

    Col.

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    Hi Gents,

    I have yet to confirm who was on what but the losses are from two aircraft both took off on the 30th.

    MP813
    Only casualty connected so far F/Sgt C J Lowther

    HF279
    Pilot F/Sgt L D Richards
    Shot down by U608

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    I've from unconfimed source:
    FITZGERALD - THOMPSON - ARDING - MACLENNAN - PEARL - WEIR - on HF279.
    PRITCHARD - RICHARDS - FISHER - HORSFIELD - PORTER - and Sgt Cyril J. LOWTHER, 1452590 - on MP813. (Lowther initially buried Zumaya, Spain; has an alt 'spec mem' British Cem. Lujua, Bilbao).
    Perhaps Ross could confirm.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Gents,

    30/31-1-1944
    No.172 Sqn.
    Wellington XIV MP813 'K'

    Took off Chivenor 2011 on the 30th, for a night 'Percussion' patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Possibly shot down by U-608.

    1315328 F/Sgt (Pilot) Leighton Dawkin RICHARDS RAFVR +
    952955 Sgt (2nd Pilot) Peter HORSFIELD RAFVR +
    1452590 Sgt (Nav.) Cyril James LOWTHER RAFVR + *
    638478 W/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) John PRITCHARD RAF +
    1318518 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Richard Charles Humphrey FISHER RAFVR +
    1287755 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr) Arthur Bernard PORTER RAFVR +

    All, other than Lowther, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    * Lowther buried Zumaya Cemetery, Spain.

    See:
    U-Boat versus Aircraft.
    Franks,Norman & Eric Zimmerman.
    London:Grub Street,1998
    pp.106-7

    Col.
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    Thanks Col for confirming crew MP813.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Default Peter Horsefield

    I cannot identify mission but I can inform you that I went to Maltlby Grammar School with Peter, and I am aware he was killed and is named on Maltby Memorial.

    I have traced a fkurther pupil David Slack who was shot down over Amien in France flying Typhonns in 1944 He was rescuded by Resistance , became an evader, was captured by Gestapo. Restance member was shot, two women sent to Ravensbruck. David was sent to Poland and flown home by Americans after War.

    I crashed my Spitfire in Italy on our side, and returned home safely although slightly damaged.

    All were pupils at Maltby Grammar School and are all on the 1938 School photograph of the pupils in my possession

    Hope it is of interest.

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    Welcome to the board A Peacock,

    you are far too modest, I know many many of us would love to know more if you wouldn;t mind sharing, about your wartime career. Where did you train, when did you serve. Was all your service in the Medd? What unit were you when your Spitfire came down? Do you happen to have the serial number?

    So many questions....

    Welcome again
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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