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    Would anybody have any indication of the family relationship of the following RAF/WAAF casualties please

    Name: EASTON, JOAN MARJORIE
    Initials: J M
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Section Officer
    Regiment/Service: Women's Auxiliary Air Force
    Date of Death: 08/09/1943
    Service No: 2986
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. C. 1st Gen. Joint grave 793.
    Cemetery: CHARLTON CEMETERY, Greenwich


    Name: EASTON, ERIC JOHN
    Initials: E J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Date of Death: 30/04/1941
    Service No: 1253064
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. C. 1st Gen. Joint grave 793.
    Cemetery: CHARLTON CEMETERY, Greenwich

    Grateful for any advice

    Tony

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    Hi Tony,

    they were brother and sister:

    Joan M Easton was born in Woolwich registration district in second quarter of 1917 with mothers maiden name Jamieson.

    Eric born third quarter of 1921 in Woolwich with same mothers maiden name.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Can add that their parents were John Ogilvie H Easton who married Victoria C Jamieson in Woolwich in third quarter of 1916.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Sgt EJ Easton - Flight Archives 26th June 1942 - Killed on Active Service
    Edit: Found reference to Eric Easton in Crayford Chronicle http://en.calameo.com/read/000004306eb0cc912ba5d
    Eric flew Hurricanes, and his sister Joan was killed when trying to rescue civilians from a Stirling bomber which had crashed on take off.
    Only 2 civilian casualties for that date:
    001 KIRBY AE - - 08/09/1943 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    002 RANDALL J - - 08/09/1943 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    Kirby was a fireman, so likely the same incident.... what Squadron were based near Ely flying Stirlings?
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    8-9 Sep 1943
    No.75 Sqn
    Stirling III BK809 AA-T
    Op:Boulogne

    Took off 2130 Mepal but swung violently and collided with a petrol bowser before crashing into houses bordering the airfield. In addition to those members of the crew who died, F/S P G Dobson MID RNZAF and S/O J M Easton WAAF, were killed along with two civilians. Sgt Mellor died from his injuries.

    F/O I R Menzies RNZAF +
    Sgt A L Mellor Inj
    P/O D Cordery Inj
    F/O N H Gale +
    Sgt R Barker Inj
    Sgt G Bullivant
    Sgt G Muir

    See: BCL4/319

    Errol should be able to add more.

    Col.

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    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 Two: Fates 1943-1998)':

    Wed 8/Thu 9 Sep 1943
    BOMBER COMMAND

    Raid on long-range gun battery at Boulogne, France (by 257 aircraft - 3 lost)
    75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF (Mepal, Cambridgeshire - 3 Group)
    Stirling III BK809/T - while taking off at 2155 swung in the slight cross wind, veered sharply to starboard when overcorrected, struck a petrol bowser and finally came to rest on the far side of the perimeter track between two houses in the residential area of Sutton, where it burst into flames. The captain and RAF air bomber lost their lives in the crash, while three of the other five crew were injured, including the flight engineer, who later died also. An RNZAF navigator of the Squadron, helping out with harvesting on a nearby farm while on leave, and a WAAF section officer rushed to the scene to assist, but they died in the blast when some of the bombs exploded. Two civilians also died, while others were injured. The two New Zealanders are buried at Cambridge. All three of Bomber Command’s aircraft lost on this raid were written off as the result of accidents on take-off.
    Captain: NZ415002 Fg Off Ian Robert MENZIES, RNZAF - Age 21. 802hrs. (45 solo on Stirling) 6th op.
    (Navigator): NZ439022 Flt Sgt Peter Gerald DOBSON, mid, RNZAF - Age 28. 411hrs. 28 ops.

    And amendment from Vol Three:

    p140; MENZIES & DOBSON – amongst the injured was rear gunner Sgt S D Muir, RNZAF, who died on 16 Jun 44 while flying with 7 Sqn, RAF.

    And from From Colin Hanson’s 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999':

    DOBSON, Flight Sergeant Peter Gerald, mid.
    NZ439022; Born Blenheim, 29 Dec 1914; TAF Jan 1939; RNZAF 5 Sep 1939 to (kaa) 8 Sep 1943; Navigator.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (14 Jan 1944): For bravery in action and meritorious fulfilment of duty. Navigator in Fg Off W D Whitehead’s crew (qv) He had flown 28 sorties in his first tour including Frankfurt, Duisburg, Dortmund(2), Dusseldorf(2), Wuppertal, Elberfeld, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne, Hamburg(2), Essen, Nuremberg, Mönchengladbach(2), Berlin, Mannheim, Turin and mine-laying operations to the Frisian islands, the Skagerrak and Bordeaux. Killed as the result of an aircraft accident at RAF Mepal, England, when a Stirling of 75(NZ)Sqn, fully laden with fuel and bombs for a sortie to Boulogne, swung on take-off and crashed into a house off the end of the runway. F/S Dobson was killed by exploding bombs and falling debris as he went to the assistance of the crew and the occupants of the house. Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England.

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    Thanks chaps excelelent!

    Most grateful,

    Tony

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    Default Marjorie Easton

    I am going to send a copy of the link for this to Sgt Glen Turner the 75 (NZ) Sqn Assn Secretary cos about 6 months ago I did a bit of research about this lady for the Sqn history. Such a shame that her brother died too. She bless her only got an MID for her heroics. The incident is mentioned briefly in the old sqn history by Norman Franks....

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    Dee,

    Is there any chance of finding out exactly where this incident happened please? I presume that it must have been to the right of the No. 2 runway, somewhere in the residential properties which now lie the otherside of the bypass.

    Thanks in advance

    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    As per the earlier link, the CWGC entries for the Civilian War Dead states:
    Name: RANDALL, JOHN
    Initials: J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Civilian
    Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
    Age: 58
    Date of Death: 08/09/1943
    Additional information: Husband of Jessie L. Randall, of Portland House, High Street, Sutton. Died at Ely Road, Sutton.
    Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
    Reporting Authority: ELY, RURAL DISTRICT

    Name: KIRBY, ALBERT EDWARD
    Initials: A E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Civilian
    Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
    Age: 50
    Date of Death: 08/09/1943
    Additional information: Fireman, N.F.S. Husband of Lilian Kirby, of 10 Ely Road, Sutton. Died at Ely Road, Sutton.
    Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
    Reporting Authority: ELY, RURAL DISTRICT

    I would imagine that if No 10 is near the end of the runway, that may be close to where it happened.

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