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    Default Halifax MK.II JB966 LQ-D - 14th May 1943 - 02:16am - Den Kaat

    L.S.,

    Any info about this crew
    and the full first and middle name of these three members is welcome

    R/75127 - J. D. GIBSON - RCAF
    R/141618 - R. FERGUSON - RCAF
    1376493 - K. W. CLARKE - RAF

    Crash 02:16am - Den Kaat - 2 mi N of Balkbrug

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    Crew: Halifax MK.II JB966 LQ-D - 14th May 1943 - Mission: Bochum
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    J/10119 - Flying Officer - Pilot - Hugh Donald Beattie - RCAF - Age 21 - KIA
    - of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Grave 1 - Oud Avereest General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820376
    Son of Hugh Duncan Beattie and Margaret Johnstone Beattie, 346 Martin Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    born 28 Apr 1922, Canada - died 14 May 1943, Oud-Avereest, The Netherlands - Age 21
    Mr. Hugh Duncan Beattie (father) - Scottish emigrant -

    R/95244 - Flight Sergeant - Air Gunner - Ralph Eric Hart - RCAF - Age 22 - KIA
    - of Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, Canada - Grave 2 - Oud Avereest General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820377
    Son of Waddy and Gertrude Hart, of Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, Canada
    born 8 Nov 1920, Canada - died 14 May 1943, Oud-Avereest, The Netherlands - Age 22

    1269142 - Sergeant - W.Op./Air Gunner - Sydney Buchanan Hawley - RAFVR - Age 22 - KIA
    - of Beckenham, Kent, UK - Grave 3 - Oud Avereest General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820378
    Son of Robert Arthur and Violet Florence Hawley, of Becken ham, Kent, UK

    R/75127 - Sgt. - Engineer - J. D. Gibson - RCAF - POW - in Camps L1/L6/L4, POW No.1180 -

    J/11941 - P/O - Navigator - J. A. Hawtin - RCAF - Age ~21 - POW - in Camps L3, POW No.1329 -
    J/11941 - Flying Officer - John Arthur "Art" Hawtin, RCAF
    served at No.2 Air Navigation School (ANS), Pennfield Ridge
    Taken POW and spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 3, Sagan
    as the fighting neared its end, Art and thousands of other prisoners were forced
    to march west as the Russians were advancing, and then east to avoid the British
    This was in harsh weather from January to May 1945

    1376493 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - K. W. Clarke - RAF - POW - in Camps L1/L6/L4, POW No.1172 -

    R/141618 - Sgt. - Air Gunner - R. Ferguson - RCAF - POW - in Camps L1/L6/L4, POW No.1177 -
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    Regards PATS
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    Sgt. Jack D. GIBSON, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

    Sgt. R. FERGUSON, Long Island, NY, USA - American citizenship -

    - info via Navigator Art Hawtin - 23 Oct 2010 -
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    WO1 Russell Ferguson (R/141618) promoted to Pilot Officer (J/96085) 24 April 1945 (SOURCE: The Canada Gazette - 20 October 1945)

    Regards,
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    Christian,

    Thanks for this post, hopeful it will open other leads too
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    For Gibson, he appaers in Canda Gazette Nov 3, 1945

    search for the numerical part of his serial number.

    RCAF
    (Reserve) Special Section
    General List
    Flight Engineer Officer Branch
    Teh undermentioned airmen Ex-PoW to be pilot officers and are allocated the personel numbers as shown after their names:-

    O CAN R 75127 WO2 John Donald Gibson, CAN(C96221)

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/canada-gazette/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=utk9lsadsk5v2e9mm8g36a9lc5

    That ought to be the main serch site but just google it.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis,

    Thanks for this info and pointing to the source
    I was aware of this site ..... but due other interest
    I overshoot this one .... thanks for the reminder
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    Quote Originally Posted by PennfieldParish View Post
    WO1 Russell Ferguson (R/141618) promoted to Pilot Officer (J/96085) 24 April 1945 (SOURCE: The Canada Gazette - 20 October 1945)

    Regards,
    Christian
    It's REGINALD FERGUSON !!!!!!! 20 Oct 1945 - page 4705 - The Canada Gazette -
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    Yes it is Reginald Ferguson. Sorry for the confusion as I have a hand written (in pencil) listing of the crew from the 1950's and it appears as Russ on this listing.

    Regards,
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    Hi Christian,

    This may be of interest JB966 of 405 Sqn was shot down by Oblt Herbert Lutje of 8.NJG1 for his 26th victory. He finished the war with 47 victories. Source Theo Boiten's NJG War Diaries.

    Regards,

    John.

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    GIBSON, John Donald (R75127 and C96221) Born 1922. Enlisted in Saskatoon 11 October 1940 as Airframe Mechanic. To Technical Training School, St,Thomas, Ontario, 27 November 1940. Promoted AC1, 5 April 1941. To No.6 Repair Depot, 24 April 1941. Promoted LAC, 1 October 1941. To Embarkation Depot, 27 October 1941. To RAF overseas, 2 November 1941. Promoted Corporal, 1 October 1942. Promoted Sergeant, 22 November 1942. Remustered to Flight Engineer, 1 January 1944. Commissioned 23 April 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 7 July 1945. To No.8 Repair Depot, 20 July 1945. Released 5 October 1945..

    FERGUSON, Reginald (R141618 and J96085) Born 1920. Enlisted in Montreal, 19 November 1941 and posted to No.2 Manning\Depot. To No.10 SFTS (guard), 30 January 1942. To No.7 ITS, 28 March 1942. To Composite Training School, 7 June 1942. To No.6 BGS, 4 July 1942. Promoted Sergeant, 14 August 1942. To Y Depot, Halifax, 15 August 1942. To RAF overseas, 26 October 1942. Commissioned 14 February 1945. Promoted Flying Officer, 14 August 1945.
    The microfilm consulted is very blurred; his repatriation date may be May 1945 or May 1946
    while the date of release may be 18 August 1945 or 18 August 1946.

    - info via Hugh Halliday - posted with permission of Hugh Halliday -
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