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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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24.05.1942 No. 407 Squadron Hudson V L.A.C. Gilbert Prince

Operation: Ground crew duties

Date: 24th May 1942

Unit: No. 407 Squadron RCAF

Type: Hudson V

Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk

Location: RAF Thorney Island (Detachment)

Ground Crew: Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Gilbert James Prince R/65372 RCAF Age 22. Killed


Gilbert Price was an armorer and at the time was on detachment to RAF Thorny Island when he was killed whilst cleaning the guns on a Hudson.



Based at Bircham Newton he was returned there for a funeral with full military honours. LAC Prince worked at the Cape Breton Airport prior to enlisting in the RCAF

Left: grave of LAC Prince at Great Bircham Church with funeral shown above.

Burial Details:

LAC Gilbert James Prince. Great Bircham (St. Mary) Churchyard. Plot 1. Row 3. Grave 11. Son of Malcolm and the late Mary Elizabeth Prince, of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Researched by Brian Hillman / Kelvin T. Youngs for relatives of this ground crew member killed in the most tragic of circumstances.

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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