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    Default F/S A.E. Blackwell-78 sqdn-KIA 05/03/43

    Hi all,

    F/S Arthur Edward Blackwell was killed together with two crewmates when his 78 squadron Halifax crashed near my hometown March 5, 1943.
    Unfortunately his entry at the CWGC site gives no information about the place he came from so I was hoping there is somebody who can give me some information which could help me to find out more about him.

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    Mike

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    Mike, Hi,
    Bit of a long shot, but an Arthur Edward Blackwell's birth was Registered in Pontypridd (S Wales) in Q4 1922 (Mother's Maiden Surname was Payne). His Service Number indicates he Enlisted at Euston (London) in August 1940.
    You may have to go for the Birth Certificate from UK GRO (recently increased from 7GBP to 9.25GBP!!!). This will give you the precise Birth Location. Then you can go for the nearest Local Newspaper archive, or Local History Society. The coal-mining valleys of S Wales were very close-knit communities. You may get some success - but it may take some time!!
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    Mike
    The excellent PATS website http://www.teunispats.nl/fr-wwii.htm has more details and photos, but I'm afraid no more details for Blackwell. Scroll to just below halfway.

    There were a surprising number of Blackwells as casualties or PoW's, there may be some relatives amongst the, but nothing found as yet.

    Halifax Mk.II - HR687 - EY-G - Mission Essen - 21:35
    78th Squadron - Friday 5 Mar 1943
    3 KIA - 5 POW

    Halifax Mk.II - HR687 - EY-G was airborne - 18:38 - 5th of Mar 43 from Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, UK
    Shot down by a night-fighter (Hptm Herbert Lütje, III./NJG1) and crashed 21:35
    on the Leidijk-Dekkersweg between Rouveen and Staphorst (Overijssel), Holland
    Those killed are buried in Rouveen New General Cemetery
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    Crew - Halifax Mk.II - HR687 - EY-G - 5 Mar 1943 - Mission: Essen
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    141457 - Pilot Officer - Pilot - John Rawson Thompson - RAFVR - Age 21 - KIA
    - Shipley, Yorkshire, UK - Grave 4 - Rouveen New General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820643
    Son of Horace and Edna Annie Thompson, of Shipley, Yorkshire, UK

    P/O - John Rawson Thompson - via Roel Kisteman -

    1128120 - Sgt. - Kenneth William Mercer - RAF - POW
    He was arrested a few days later in Deventer

    1060706 - Sgt. - Otto Vance Proctor - RAF - POW

    1381066 - 143493 - Sgt. - Arthur Charles Loveland - RAFVR - POW
    - info via London Gazette - 1943 - Page number: 2511
    held in Stalag VIII B, Lamsdorf - Stalag Luft III, Sagan/Belaria
    Sergeant Arthur Charles Loveland Collection is in Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, UK

    1128555 - 143574 - Sgt. - Alfred David Leyshon - RAF - POW
    - info via London Gazette - 1943 - Page number: 2511

    1377328 - Fl. Sgt. - W.Op. / Air. Gunner - Arthur Edward Blackwell - RAFVR - KIA
    - UK - Grave 3 - Rouveen New General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820638

    1337753 - Sergeant - Air Gunner - Edward Charles Bert Williams - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA
    - Newport, Monmouthshire, UK - Grave 2 - Rouveen New General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820644
    Son of Frederick George and Maud Mary Williams, of Newport, Monmouthshire, UK

    R/122801 - Sgt. - Douglas Raymond Chiswell - RCAF - POW
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    Sgt. Blackwell abandoned the aircraft but his parachute failed to deploy
    Sgt. D. R. Chiswell was interned in Camps 8B/344. POW No.27702
    with Sgt. K. W. Mercer, POW No.27727 and Sgt. O. V. Proctor, POW No.27732
    Sgt. A. D. Leyshon in Camps 8B/L3, POW No.27721 - Commissioned in the rank of F/O during captivity
    Sgt. A. C. Loveland in Camps 8B/344/L3, POW No.27725

    Update names Mercer, Proctor and Chiswell - 04 Nov 2008 - by Roel Kisteman
    Last update - 12 Nov 2008 - PATS

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    Thanks Peter and Kevin.It's worth a try to follow up the lead of Peter. I am familar with the PATS website which is indeed excellent.I visited the local library and historical society here in the Netherlands but it seems there is not known a lot about this crew except that of Pats website.

    Mike

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    Peter,

    There are 4 more Blackwell's fitting for this person .... see FREEBMD
    also 1905, 1909, 1911, 1913 and yours in 1922

    >His Service Number indicates he Enlisted at Euston (London) in August 1940.

    Is there a list or source where Service Numbers can be checked ?

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    PATS, Hi,
    There is a list of allocated RFC and RAF Enlisted Numbers in the "Useful Books & Research Material" on this Forum (it's somewhere on page 4). It only lists non-Commissioned numbers.
    Alternatively you can go to http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf.
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    There is an A E BLACKWELL on a WW2 War Memorial in Andover, Hampshire - location St. Mary Churchyard -
    Also mentioned in Roll of Honour book.
    see: http://hampshirewarmemorials.com/Ind...kwell_AE_1.htm

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