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    Sgt Ernest Edwards RAFVR was a flight engineer with 158 Squadron. Killed on ops 15/10/1942. He is buried in Holland at Hellendoorn.
    Has anyone other information on him or his crew:

    413831 WEILAND FAIRFAX ENSOR Pilot
    1072725 BELL ARTHUR EWART Navigator Bomber
    962190 EDWARDS ERNEST GEORGE Flight Engineer
    1330183 FERNIE ROY BERNARD Navigator
    1385252 JENNER STANLEY GEORGE Air Gunner
    980188 JONES RONALD Wireless Operator, Air Gunner
    1324368 WARNE WILLIAM CHARLES Air Gunner

    What was 158 Squadrons target that night, were all the crew killed or some POW? Would appreciate any answers or information on the aircraft serial number,Target, ect please.
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    Denis,
    The target was Cologne, aircraft was Halifax W1108 "E" and only Fernie, the Navigator survived. If you would like info on previous ops for the crew, please let me know.
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    Thanks for the reply , Any info would be good Alan. The more info the better, as this is a friends uncle and he knows very little about the circumstances or the service life of Ernest.
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    Will look through the ORB over the next few days and get back to you, can you PM your email address to me please.
    Alan.

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    The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter of III./NJG1 and crashed about 22.53 hrs on land of Mr H. de Dries, Koetreeweg 1 (road and house number) at Rhaan, 4 km N of Hellendoorn.
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    Hi Denis,

    The German pilot was Oblt Manfred Meurer for his 8th victory. He would go on to make 63 victories before he collided with a Lancaster on the night of 21/22 Jan 1944 20 kms east of Magdeburg.

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    Hi Denis
    There is a book about the war exploits of 158 Sqn from St Valentine's Day 1942 when the Sqn, disbanded after WW1, was reformed from a section of 104 Sqn that had been left in the UK when the Sqn as a whole had been posted to Kabrit in Egypt. The initial equipment was the Wellington and then the Halifax.
    Edwards is mentioned in the Roll of Honour ,and on p35 there is a brief account of the crash as witnessed by the Burgomeister of Hellendoorn,nr which the a/c came down as stated by Henk. It would appear that the captain W.F.Ensor was on his first operational flight as the captain of his own crew,this may mean that the other crewmembers were also new to operations.
    The book is:-
    "In Brave Company" by W R Chorley,( who is better known for his massive work,"RAF Bomber Command Losses"), and it was first published in 1977 with a 2nd edition in 1990 with the ISBN 0 9507467 1 1.
    Published by P A Chorley
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    Dick
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    I've already sent Denis the relevant pages from the ORB, so for the benefit of the thread.
    No record of when the crew came in to 158sqdn, but Ensor flew first, on a 2nd dicky trip with Sgt B.R. Quinlans crew to Duisburg on 6th Sept 42. He then went on to do two more 2nd dicky trips with Quinlan, 8th Sept to Frankfurt, and 10th Sept to Dusseldorf.
    Have also found a reference in the ORB, to Sgt Edwards being admitted to Station Sick Quarters Linton, between 9th August and 14th August, although there's no sign of him on any crew around that time.

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    Thank you all very much for the contributions to this thread. The Edwards family unfortunately know little about what happened to their relative. They only have a picture of his grave. I have been asked to let you know that although they are not registered here, they are following the thread and its contents with much interest.
    Again, many thanks on their behalf.
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    Now having seen the last letters from Ernest Edwards, he joined the RAF in September 1940. Has anyone any information on his service career before joining 158 Squadron? He trained as a flight engineer. Would this have been at St Athans, from joining to posting would the time taken to train really have been nearly two years?
    Maybe he joined as a tradesman and applied for aircrew, where would I find this out?
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