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    Sgt Rowlands is buried in Bucharest War Cemetery on 8th May 1944 - looking for fellow crew members and serial of Wellington whilst on this raid from Cerignola Italy.
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    Using Geoff Sullivan's website site:
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    the following RAF men are buried there, for a starter:
    001 BILLINGSLEY PR 152751 70 SQDN 08/05/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    002 HANNEY SJ 159459 70 SQDN 08/05/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    003 POPE CF 1033297 70 SQDN 08/05/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    004 ROWLANDS AF 2204416 70 SQDN 08/05/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    and also

    001 MASTERS CH 42783 70 RAF SQDN 08/05/1944 ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE

    That is at least five men. Erroll will be able to give better details if Masters is part of Rowlands crew.

    is Masters serial number missing a digit on CWGC?

    This other forum suggests that the aircraft was Wellington MF144 'H'
    http://www.worldwar2.ro/forum/index.php?showtopic=1883&hl=wellington&st=75

    And as he suggests, RAAF airman Weppler survived and he has an A705 file in the Australian national archvies which you could get digitised.

    "WEPPLER, Alfred Charles - (Warrant Officer); Service Number - 413919; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Wellington MF144; Place - 8 May 1944"

    items notes for this include"


    WEPPLER, Alfred Charles - (Warrant Officer); Service Number - 413919
    HANNEY S J – (Flying Officer); Service Number – 158459
    BILLINGSLY P R – (Flying Officer); Service Number – 152751
    MASTERS C H – (Flight Lieutenant)
    POPE C F – (Sergeant); Service Number – 1033297
    ROWLANDS A F; Service Number – 2204416

    To find this data, use their website:
    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx

    Search for 413919
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 26th July 2010 at 14:51.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Masters, the Squadron Bombing Leader, was part of the crew captained by F/O Hanney, and of which Sgt Rowlands was rear gunner

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    "is Masters serial number missing a digit on CWGC?"

    No.

    The RNZAF's numbering of airmen in 1942 began with NZ42100.

    Errol

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    My grateful thanks to you all for your input
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    Wellington X MF144 DU-P

    Location: Talpa Bāscoveni, Romania

    Pilot: F/O. Sydney James Hanney 159459 RAFVR Age ? Killed

    Nav: W/O. Alfred Charles Weppler AUS/413919 RAAF Age 30. Survived

    Air/Bmr: Fl/Lt. Clive Hugh Masters DFC. NZ/42783 RNZAF Age 25. Killed

    Air/Bmr 2: F/O. Percy Raymond Billingsley 152751 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

    W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles Frederick Pope 1033297 RAFVR Age 33. Killed

    Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alexander Francis Rowlands 2204416 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

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    pietrzak309,
    Neither the RAAF nor the RNZAF ever used oblique strokes between nationality prefix and the actual service number. However in your own records you may use them if you so desire.
    David D

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