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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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280 Squadron Crest
08.10.1944 No. 280 Squadron Vickers Warwick BV290 F/O. Albert Mason

Operation: Air Sea Rescue Operation

Date: 08th October 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 280 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Vickers Warwick

Serial: BV290

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Beccles, Suffolk

Location: North Sea

(Crew details - subject to verification as to positions and duty)

F/O. Albert Mason 133951 RAFVR Age ? Missing believed killed

F/O. Colin John Swann 154783 RAFVR Age 20. Missing believed killed

Sgt. Percy Arthur Alger 1600090 RAFVR Age 22. Missing believed killed

Sgt. Leonard Finch 1394986 RAFVR Age 21. Missing believed killed

Sgt. Kenneth Stanley Cox 1577581 RAFVR Age 22. Missing believed killed

Sgt. Stanley Arthur Cracknell 1800178 RAFVR Age 21. Missing believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Very few details are available regarding crew positions and details of this loss - relatives of the crew would very much appreciate any additional details.

It seems that they were on an Air Sea Rescue operation at the time of the loss. It is understood that they were shot down at low level by an Me 410 from the Seenotgruppe 80 (a search and protection squadron - with similar tasks) The Warwick was lost without trace in the North Sea.

Burial details:

Crew and aircraft lost without trace - commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial - details shown.

F/O. Albert Mason. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 208. No further details - are you able to assist further?

F/O. Colin John Swann. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 209. Son of Frank C. and Emily Swann, of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, England.

Sgt. Percy Arthur Alger. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 223. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Alger, of Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England.

Sgt. Leonard Finch. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 229. Son of Daisy Finch; husband of Roberta Finch, of Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Sgt. Kenneth Stanley Cox. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 227. Son of Herbert Stanley Cox and Lottie Cox, of Halesowen, Worcestershire, England.

Sgt. Stanley Arthur Cracknell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 227. Son of John Ernest and Kate Cracknell, of Tottenham. Middlesex, England.

Researched for Nigel Luck, brother of Sgt. Leonard Finch and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to 12 o;oclock High Forum and other sources as shown below:

KTY - 15.03.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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