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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
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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.
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