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12 Squadron Düsseldorf 31st July 1942

Discussion in 'WWII Activities and Hobbies' started by Mark Surridge, Jun 18, 2024.

  1. Mark Surridge

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    15 Wellington bombers from 12 Squadron took off 31st July1942 from RAF Binbrook. The ORB reports Wellington Z8499 failed to return from operational flight over Dusseldorf,
    All missing believed killed.

    Sergeant W H Good,
    Pilot Officer E H Down,
    Sergeant H L Laxdal ( RCAF)
    Pilot Officer W T Barrett,
    Sergeant D W Brett

    Mrs Ann Brett, wife of Sgt Brett, received a letter three months later : ‘ I regret to inform you that nothing further has been heard of your husband since he was reported missing. The aircraft, of which he was the air gunner took off from the base at 12.28am detailed to bomb targets at Düsseldorf. No messages were received from the aircraft and the reason for its failure to return is not known.’

    CWG records show the crew were all buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery so presumably the aircraft was shot down over Germany ?

    Another source says aircraft crashed at Heuthe Germany cause of crash not established.

    And Wikipedia says Wellington crashed near Düsseldorf-Knittkuhl.

    Sadly I don’t have William Brett’s log book just a small personal diary for 1941 and his OTU entries at RAF Harwell. Then he mentions Inverness and flying in a Whitley and gunnery training.

    He mentions Sgt L. Kelly 976635 being posted to 99 Squadron, and seeing Gracie Fields in Oxford.

    5th October 1941 ‘our wedding day’ Donald Brett married Ann Fitt from Litcham in Norfolk, followed by a week’s leave at his home in Farnham, Bishop’s Stortford.
     

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