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    Is there a thread on the forum regularly updated for stories such as this one "RAF airmans remains found 76 years later"
    Typhoon pilot, 175 Squadron, Netherlands. F/Sgt William Hurrell.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...World-War.html


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    Another one:
    Warrant Officer John Henry “Harry” Coates - 111 Sqdn Spitfire PT410 - March 1945 Italy

    https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles...litary-burial/

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    Another one:
    Pilot Officer Charles George Fox - Vancouver Island, Canada, October 30, 1942

    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co...emains-7404849

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36030575
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36140400

    Published 12 and 27 April 2016

    Members of the crew of Lancaster JB640 of 156 Squadron - 2/3 January 1944 and Halifax LK709 of 77 Squadron - 28 January 1944

    New headstones were carved to replace those which previously had no names. Four of the Halifax crew already had known graves.

    The men of Lancaster JB640 156 Squadron
    Pilot Officer John Donald Range Cromarty (aged 23) - from Liverpool.
    Flt Sgt Dennis Frederick Burtenshaw (20) - from Sydney, Australia. Later lived in south London.
    Flt Sgt Leonard Norman Lapthorne (21) - from Birmingham.
    Flt Sgt Reginald Joseph Collens (31) - from Croydon, south London.
    Flt Sgt Kenneth Sidney James Chapman (20) - from Westbury, Wiltshire.
    Sgt Frederick Edwin Woolven (23) - from Arundel, Sussex.
    Sgt Norman Henry Colebatch (20) - from Walsall.

    The men of Halifax LK709 77 Squadron
    Pilot Officer William Proffitt White (23) - from Shotteswell, Warwickshire.
    Flt Sgt Norman Thompson Steele (21) - from Ashington, Northumberland.
    Flt Sgt Arthur Binnie Walker (21) - from Glasgow.
    Sgt Thomas Ernest Edwards (22) - from Durham.
    Sgt Leslie Raymond Bright (22) - from London.
    Sgt Kenneth Bray (21) - from Grimsby.
    Sgt David Winston Jenkins (22) - from Swansea.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...d-crashed.html

    Published 18 June 2015

    Lancaster PD214 - 106 Squadron 06/10/1944

    The family of Flight Engineer Ronald Barton found the crash site last year near the town of Cloppenburg - but discovered the field had recently been sold to developers. His granddaughters Julie Barton and Debbie Bartlett launched a desperate campaign to save the site, and eventually persuaded the German authorities to allow an archaeological dig before the building work began.

    In 1946 an RAF investigation team exhumed the two bodies and identified them as Australian trainee pilot Flt Lt John Colclough Barlow, 35, and Rear Gunner Sergeant Ronald James Paul, 20. They are both buried in Becklingen War Cemetery. The other six men who were on board that night were all listed as having 'no known grave' and are remembered at the RAF memorial in Runneymede. The location of the crash site was lost in the RAF archives, and the families of the dead believed they had crashed into the North Sea on their return journey. The missing men were Ronald Barton, 34; Flt Lt Douglas Stewart, 29; Flt Sgt George Bowering Kirby, 22; wireless operator Gordon Stuart Grogan; Canadian pilot Clyde James Royal, 31; and Flt Sgt James Anthony Fell, 21.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    The missing men were Ronald Barton, 34; Flt Lt Douglas Stewart, 29; Flt Sgt George Bowering Kirby, 22; wireless operator Gordon Stuart Grogan; Canadian pilot Clyde James Royal, 31; and Flt Sgt James Anthony Fell, 21.

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    Hi Pete,

    Despite the media at the time being told, repeatedly, they failed to correct the name and position of the Canadian member of this crew.

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...,-clyde-james/

    His trade was Air Bomber. Lost on his 28th operation.

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    https://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/w...ane/index.html

    CNN report from 2012 on the Kittyhawk found in the desert, sadly F/Sgt DCH Copping (260 Sqn) remains missing from 28 June 1942 (Alamein Memorial) - good photo of the crashed aircraft.

    links with photos of F/S Copping
    https://www.abroadintheyard.com/ww2-...esert-on-foot/

    post-recovery preservation
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/89...Dennis-Copping


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    What a sad story, otherwise he made a perfect belly landing!
    Thanks for posting this Pete.

    Pavel
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    Another one:
    Pilot Officer George Smith - Lancaster Bomber - 26 Nov 1943

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPDHzhpL9rk

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41488057

    Published 3 Oct 2017

    Human remains have been found during an operation to recover a World War Two Lancaster bomber submerged in a lake. The Avro Lancaster of 61 Squadron - R5682 crashed during the night 4-5 September 1942 near Warten in Alde Feanen, now a national park, in northern Holland. It is thought the remains of Canadian tailgunner F.J. Cooper were inside the crashed aircraft.


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