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    Default Sgt.Ken Bristow

    Hello all,
    first post,and hoping someone can help with information on Sergeant Ken Bristow,KIA 8.8.43
    and remembered on the Malta memorial.
    I don't know his squadron or circumstances of his death,except that he was the pilot of a Wellington.

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    104 Squadron on Comonwealth War Graves Register.

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    Appears to be the entire crew but I can't find a aircraft at the moment:

    BARRISKILL, WJ 1126133
    BRISTOW, KF 658662
    CHAUNCY, PAR 655480
    GARNER, W 1503921
    HALL, K 1502730
    HOLMES, FG 1315697

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    Thanks for the help chaps, he was a relative of my Brother in law.

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    From AB Serials

    104s lost HE613 & HE657 on this date

    dg

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    F R Chapple in his memoir 'Wellington Wings' writes of this night's losses:

    "9th August 1943:
    Up at 02.00 for interrogations and worked until 08.30. Two more [104] squadron planes shot down in flames by enemy hiight fighters over the toe of Italy - both were sergeant crews fairly new to the squadron..."

    Errol

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    Thanks again,that really fills in the gaps.
    You sure are a knowledgeable bunch on this forum.

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    Default He613/he657

    From the names provided by Amrit, I have:
    Barriskill - Bristow - Holmes on HE613
    Chaunncy - Garner - Hall on HE657
    Further on HE613:
    F/Sgt R.A. ELLIS - RAAF 416554
    W/O D.H. SMITH - RAAF 411953
    Sgt R.S. VEALE - RAAF 421140
    and further on HE657:
    F/Sgt J.E. PATERSON - RAAF 414825
    F/Sgt N.W. SPALDING - RAAF 413629

    Target was Cap Barbi.
    Have not yet checked the NAA; up to you friends.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi All,
    My first post.
    Desperate to find out more about what happened to my Uncle Reg (F/Sgt R.A. ELLIS - RAAF 416554) from Adelaide, South Australia who disappeared in flight on a raid over Italy on 8 August 1943.
    The information provided here is the most I have been able to get for about 5 years.
    He was an observer/bomb aimer I think and great to get confirmation that his fellow crew members were:

    W/O D.H. SMITH - RAAF 411953 (I know he was the Pilot because I have my uncle's log books which detail bombing raids and his movements up to 6 August 1943)
    Sgt R.S. VEALE - RAAF 421140
    BARRISKILL, WJ 1126133
    BRISTOW, KF 658662
    HOLMES, FG 1315697

    I must say the account by F R Chapple "9th August 1943: Up at 02.00 for interrogations and worked until 08.30. Two more [104] squadron planes shot down in flames by enemy night fighters over the toe of Italy - both were sergeant crews fairly new to the squadron..." is chilling.

    Keen to find out more.

    Regards from Malcolm Ellis - Adelaide, South Australia.

    PS where is "Cap Barbi"?

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    Default Sgnt Ken Bristow

    His cousin placed some poppies for him at the Bomber Command Memorial on 4th November 2012.

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