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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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69 Squadron Crest
23.02.1943 No. 69 Squadron Baltimore II AG796 Fl/Sgt. F.R. Oldrieve

Operation: Reconnaissance flight

Date: 23rd February 1943 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 69 Squadron

Type: Baltimore II

Serial: AG796

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Luqua, Malta

Location: Mediterranean Sea

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Francis Reginald Oldrieve 1281595 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed killed

Obs: F/O. Richard Alexander Heywood 115165 RAFVR Age 28. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. James Chandler AUS/403686 RAAF Age 28. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Bernard Sullivan AUS/402891 RAAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Luqua in Malta at 10:25 hrs on an operational Reconnaissance flight - failed to return and assumed to be lost over the Mediterranean Sea.

No further details but we welcome any additional information that you may have?

Above and below: 69 Squadron at Luqua, Malta (courtesy IWM)

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Francis Reginald Oldrieve. Alamein Memorial. Panel 270. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Oldrieve, of 35 Beresford Street, Stoke, Devon, England.

F/O. Richard Alexander Heywood. Malta Memorial. Panel 6, Column 2. Son of Richard Henry and Catherine Ann Heywood, husband of Mildred Doreen of 215 Denton Greens Lane, Heywood, St. Helens, Lancashire, England.

Right: Malta Memorial.

Fl/Sgt. James Chandler. Malta Memorial. Panel 11, Column 2. Born on the 13th August 1914, the son of William and Alice Louise Chandler, of 40 Hattersley Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales, Australia. Prior to enlisting on the 02nd March 1941 he had been employed as a clerk.

Fl/Sgt. John Bernard Sullivan. Malta Memorial. Panel 12, Column 1. Born on the 27th February 1917 the son of Christopher Patrick and Eliza Edith Sullivan, of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia.

Researched for Dianne Galofaro of Longueville, New South Wales, Australia who sent in some great information on her relative, Fl/Sgt. James Chandler - she has also kindly sponsored this page. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below as well as information supplied by Alan Storr - Australian researcher and ex RAAF.

KTY - 23.10.2016

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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