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    Default RCAF F/S Eric Neilson (R.10785) KIA 3 June 1943

    Would anyone be able to tell more about the circumstances of this man's death?

    I have information from CWGC and have consulted BCL 1943 and FCL 1942-43. My information is that he was lost over the Bay of Biscay. All this could suggest Coastal Command.

    The site Canada at War shows other men to have died on this day
    http://wwii.ca/memorial/world-war-ii/125568/flight-sergeant-eric-haakon-neilson/

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    Mikkel Plannthin
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    It is question for Ross who is only one who has available CCL for 1943:)

    Pavel
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    Mikkel,

    3 June 1943
    No.10 Operational Training Unit
    Whitley V BD414 'J'
    Op: Anti-submarine Patrol.

    Took off 1045 St Eval carrying 6 x 250lb depth charges, course being set for the Bay of Biscay. Having failed to return by 2045, overdue action was taken but no trace of the aircraft, or of its crew were found. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

    AUS415212 F/Sgt Douglas Frederick BAVIN RAAF +
    J/22032 P/O Harold Douglas PEPPER RCAF +
    J/14637 P/O David Taylor DORWARD RCAF +
    1385126 Sgt Colin Arthur RICHARDSON RAFVR +
    136821 Sgt Cecil Aspland NICHOLLS RAFVR +
    R/10786 Sgt Eric Haakon NEILSON RCAF +

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses. Volume 7 Operational Training Units 1940-1947.
    Chorley,W R
    Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2002.
    p.224

    NB. Ranks are as reported in contemporary casualty signals.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col

    Mikkel
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    Mikkel,

    By a strange coincidence, AUS415212 F/Sgt Douglas Frederick BAVIN RAAF, is commemorated in his home state, on the Denmark War Memorial, Western Australia!

    http://www.anzac.dpc.wa.gov.au/index.cfm?event=memorialItem&mem=61

    Not sure about this link, l'm getting bad vibes. (Google: Denmark War Memorial)

    Col.
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    In a few days, on 3 June, it is 75 years ago that the danish-canadian airman FS Eric Haakon Neilson, RCAF, was killed over the Bay of Biscay. I have updated his profile on my website, cf.
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/profiles.php?person=339

    I thought I would link to the article in this thread, which helped me a great deal some years back. I did not include Neilson in my recent book on Danes, who volunteered for the Allied air force as I have not been able to determine if he could also be considered a Danish citizen at the time of enlistment. Some sources support this, others do not. Nevertheless, his story deserves to be told as well and I have, thus, written a piece for the website.

    Thanks all again.

    Mikkel
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