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    Hi

    Can anyone help me with

    Sergeant 1582031 John Raymond ALVES

    55 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    KiA Thursday 22 February 1945

    He was reported as missing following a night operation in Italy.

    Buried in Padua War Cemetery in Collective Grave II.D.8-10.

    Has anyone any information re aircrafte, crew, fate etc.

    many thanks,

    Graeme

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    Since he is buried in a collective grave find who is buried with him either by surfing the CWGC cemetery registers (lot of effort) or search for who else was buried there on that date using Geoff Sullivans website.
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    Coll. Grave D.8-10 contains two RAF men, Alves and Lea, while another man is buried in grave D.7 on his own, Brown.

    Who else is in the collective grave?
    Using Geoff's site to search for that date and Padua and the various nationalities gives you

    W/O (Pilot) Ronald J Grahman 428780 RNZAF
    Sgt (Nav Bomber) John R Alves 1582031 RAFVR
    F/Sgt (WOP/AG) Edwin F Lea 1819115 RAFVR
    Sgt (AG) John B F Brown 3040093 RAFVR


    Martyn will likely fill you in with better details since there is a New Zealander on the likely crew
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Graeme,

    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 21/Thu 22 Feb 1945
    MEDITERRANEAN ALLIED AIR FORCES

    Bomb railway yards at Búttrio, etc, in Northern Italy
    55 Squadron, RAF (Falconara, Italy - 232 Wing, Balkan Air Force)
    Boston IV BZ532 - took off at 2245 to attack the railway yards at Búttrio, followed by an armed reconnaissance of roads and railways in the Mestre-Portogruaro-Livenza river mouth area. Nothing heard after take off and later found to have crashed near Organo, 4km west of Mestre. The four crew are buried at Padua.
    Pilot: NZ428780 Wt Off Ronald John GRAHAM, RNZAF - Age 23. 545hrs. 3rd op.

    All four crew are as per Dennis's post.

    Errol

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    Dennis/Errol

    Many thanks for your replies. (Its easy when you know how !!)

    Thanks for all the time and trouble you've put in, it is appreciated.

    Regards,

    Graeme

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