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    I am currently compiling a list of WWII casualties from my old school 'The Prince of Wales School', Nairobi, Kenya

    At present I have 43 of which 24 were RAF (oddly no RN personnel so far) and would appreciate any help /info that might be available re these 24 (and any others that you might know of)

    My primary info sources so far gave been the Impala Magazine (school magazine 1939-46) and then the CWGC

    Names so far

    Baillie WEG 223 Sqdn Sgt/AG 700739 kia 15/10/1943 buried Cassino

    Basso VD 43 Sqdn Sgt 700911 kia 03/01/1945 buried Faenza

    Brettell WAM 98 Sqdn Sgt/pilot 791198 kia 23/06/1943 buried Eastham UK

    Cameron RD 5 Sqdn F/Sgt 776154 kia?18/05/1942 Singapore Memorial

    Cattell EA 146 Sqdn F/Sgt/pilot700912 kia 17/03/1945 buried Imphal

    Cowen GB-DFM ? sgt/pilot 776058 kia 04/01/1942 buried Cirencester

    Davidson MS 42 Sqdn P/O pilot 65981 kia 21/03/1942 buried Darlington

    Dyer MRC ? P/O pilot 84992 kia 27/03/1941 buried Keren, Eritrea

    Finch AJH-DFC 217Sqdn F/Lt 39937 mia 12/02/1942 Runnymede Memorial

    Harries JA 55Sqdn F/Lt 33468 mia 01/10/1941 Alamain Memorial

    Helberg F ? LAC 776096 kia 16/06/1941 buried Ismailia, Egypt

    Kettles-Roy P 58Sqdn P/O/pilot 174614 kia 8/04/1944 buried Meharicourt France

    Macgregor RB Bob 77 P/O/pilot 41856 kia 15/08/1940 buried Fawley UK

    Mason SL training Rhodesia 700712 28/05/1942 buried Gwelo, Rhodesia

    Mathias MN 112 Sqdn F/Lt pilot 119867 kia 02/04/1945 buried Klagenfurt Austria

    MONTAGUE CSB - DFC no other info

    MULCAHY-MORGAN JA no other info

    Pelling G 55 Sqdn F/Lt 85004 mia 13/12/1941 Alamein Memorial

    Rawlins E no further info

    Weekes NL 207 Sqdn F/O pilot 173310 kia 19/07/1944 buried Margny , France

    White DC 61 Sqdn F/O Nav 133725 kia 26/11/1943 buried Sage, Germany

    Whittenbury J 640Sqdn Sgt 11805467 mia 8/04/1945 Runnymede Memorial

    Wood JM no further info

    Wynne OW LAC 1800503 kia 19/09/1942 INNISFAIL CEMETERY, Alberta, Canada

    Any input welcome

    PZULBA - Out of Africa (Retired)
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    Hi pzulba,

    Re: Basso VD:

    A.
    On the 3rd (January,1945), too, there was loss when Sgt V D Basso, a 19-year-old Rhodesian, went missing over the target area in (Spitfire LF.IX) MK405. His Spitfire was seen to explode in mid-air, other pilots having seen 'spirally white trails moving upwards' just moments before the aircraft was lost. It was assumed that these were some kind of anti-aircraft rockets.

    Basso, despite his age, had become No.43 Sqn's dive-bombing ace, and in 20 attacks he had achieved a 100 per cent success rate.

    B.
    No.43 Squadron Roll of Honour.

    3/1/45

    Sgt Victor David Basso. Shot down by anti-aircraft rockets in Spitfire IX MK405. he was buried in Faenza War Cemetery, Italy.

    See:
    No.43 'Fighting Cocks' Squadron.
    Saunders,Andy.
    Oxford:Osprey Publishing,2003.
    A. p.112
    B. p.121

    Re: Brettell WAM:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7225

    Re: Cameron RD:

    18-5-1942
    No.5 Sqn.
    Mohawk IV BJ542

    Lost control while flying in clouds on a sortie to Myitkynia, and crashed into the jungle near Siningruryang, Burma.

    776154 F/Sgt (Pilot) Robert Dyce CAMERON RAFVR +

    Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Column 414.

    See:
    Mohawks Over Burma.
    Beauchamp,Gerry.
    Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Pubs.,1985.
    pp.88,288 & 293

    Re: Mulcahy-Morgan JA:

    4-1-1945
    No.213 Sqn.
    Mustang III KH465

    Hit by flak and crashed after destroying a train with bombs, Derventa, Yugoslavia.

    117961 F/Lt (Pilot) John Anthony MULCAHY-MORGAN RAFVR +

    Buried Belgrade War Cemetery. 5. B. 8.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th November 2010 at 03:10. Reason: Added Brettell, Cameron & Mulcahy-Morgan.

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    Hi Pzulba,

    Re: Rawlins E:

    3-6-1943
    No.14 Sqn.
    Marauder I FK112 'L'

    Took off from Bone to carry out a shipping reconnaissance in the Mediterranean and the coast of Sardinia. A signal was received from the aircraft at 1350 whilst off the east coast of Sardinia, when it is believed that FK112 sighted an enemy convoy of one merchant ship and two destroyers escorted by three single-engined fighters.

    It is presumed that in endeavouring to approach closer to the convoy for more detail and possibly photographs, the Marauder was intercepted by the fighters and damaged or destroyed.

    776183 Sgt (Capt/Pilot) Henry Eric RAWLINS RAFVR +
    1347766 Sgt (2nd Pilot) William Lister LUMSDEN RAFVR +
    929361 F/Sgt (Nav.) Leonard John AUSTIN RAFVR +
    AUS405345 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr,) Edwin Erle BURTON RAAF +
    1129545 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) James Holden NUTTALL RAFVR +
    943546 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) John LIDDLE RAFVR +

    All commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

    Col.
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    Col

    Many thanks for your prompt responses to my request, especially re Rawlins;

    As for Basso, you quote him as a Rhodesian (S), I don't doubt this but CWGC quote him as UK, though I think this probably on the basis that at that time ALL Colonial as opposed to Dominion personnel were probably classed as UK - from the lost of names I am working on (43 in total) there would certainly appear to be many that are non UK but are still listed as UK even those that would probably claim to be S African are so listed.

    Anyway once again many thanks and keep the 'miracles' coming.

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    Pzulba,

    Personally, I have no opinion, one way or the other about Basso's origins. What I can tell you, is that his service number;700911, indicates a local enlistment in the Middle East during November, 1942. Furthermore, he is not listed in the Roll of Honour 1939-1945, in Beryl Salt's "A Pride of Eagles:The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920-1980".

    Col.

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    So far as I know, CWGC as a policy on its website NEVER states the nationality of the individual, only the nationality of his/her SERVICE. Often it is the Next of Kin details which will alert the unsuspecting that the individual may not be a permanent resident of the UK, and there is no help with place of birth either.
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    Finch Beaufort AW278 Op: Fuller (For Your Tomorrow Vol.1 Errol Martyn)
    Harries Blenheim V6306 Op: Anti-ship (Gunby/Pelham Temple)
    Kettles-Roy should be 158 Sq. Halifax LV954 Op: Tergnier (Chorley)
    McGregor Whitley P5044 Op: Bordeaux (Chorley)

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    Pzulba,

    Further to John's post:

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942)':

    Thu 12 Feb 1942

    Coastal Command

    ‘The Channel Dash’ - breakout from the French port of Brest of the German battle-cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the cruiser Prinz Eugen to Germany; Allied code name Operation FULLER
    217 Squadron, RAF (Thorney Island, Sussex - 16 Group)
    Beaufort II AW278/F - took off at 1420 captained by Flt Lt A J H Finch, DFC, RAF, and was lost during an attack on the ships off the Dutch coast. All four crew died, the observer being commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Observer: NZ403778 Flt Sgt Albert Henry Leeds JACKSON, RNZAF - Age 31. 182hrs. 3rd op.

    Errol

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    Pzulba,

    Re: Mathias MN:

    2-4-1945
    No.112 Sqn.
    Mustang IVA KM135:GA-V

    Crashed near Graz, Austria, after pilot abandoned aircraft following flak hit.

    119867 F/Lt (Pilot) Maurice Neville "Matt" MATTHIAS RAFVR +

    Buried Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria. 6. D. 10.

    See: http://raf-112-squadron.org/planelosses.html

    Col.

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    Montague killed 24/7/42 208 Sq. Hurricane? shot down on PR sortie (Fighters Over the Desert)
    Pelling Blenheim V6291 Anti-ship op (Gunby/Pelham Temple)
    Rawlins probably Henry Eric 14 Sq. killed 3/6/43 Marauder FK112 Op: Ship Reconn.
    Weekes Lancaster ME681 Op: Revigny (Chorley)
    White Lancaster W4198 Op: Berlin (Chorley, 50/61 Sq. RoH)
    Whittenbury should be 18/4/45 Halifax RG564 Op: Heligoland (Chorley/640 Sq. Norman)

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