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Pilot Officer Gerald DAVIES (44072) of the Royal Air Force


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Blenheim I L8478
 AIR81/5857

Death of Death 1941-04-13 Age : 24 years.

Served in 211 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Coll. grave 4. D. 13. at Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece (Map)

More Details: SON OF FRANCIS AND ELIZABETH MARY DAVIES, OF SHOTTON , CHESHIRE.

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London Gazette Entries

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NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
44072535005 Gerald DAVIESLondon Gazette issue : 34903 , Dated 1940-07-23 , Download #34903
144072_ 1240190 Mark William John HUNNISETTLondon Gazette supplement : 36116 , Dated 1943-07-30 , Download #36116
144072M W J HUNNISETTLondon Gazette supplement : 36271 , Dated 1943-11-30 , Download #36271

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/2367Flying Officer J H Williams, Pilot Officer G A Cokayne, Pilot Officer A G Sheppard, Aircraftman R W Reader: injured; aircraft accident, Helwan, Egypt, Blenheim L8478, 45 Squadron, 8 July 1940.C16471879
AIR81/5857Squadron Leader A T Irvine, Pilot Officer A C Geary, Pilot Officer G Davies: killed; aircraft shot down and crashed between Paramythia and Bitoit, Greece, Blenheim L8478, 211 Squadron, 13 April 1941.C16755155

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 13 Apr 41 Aircraft: Blenheim I L8478 Unit 211 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Greece
Details
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerGerald DAVIES (44072) Blenheim I L8478  AIR81/5857 1941-04-13211 Sqdn AIR27 GreecePhaleron War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerArthur Charles GEARY (79188) Blenheim I L8478  AIR81/5857 1941-04-13211 Sqdn AIR27 GreecePhaleron War Cemetery
Squadron LeaderAntony Thornburn IRVINE (36090) Blenheim I L8478  AIR81/5857 1941-04-13211 Sqdn AIR27 GreecePhaleron War Cemetery

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