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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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19th December 1941 203 Squadron Blenheim IV V6294 F/O. Read

Operation: Patrol

Date: 19th December 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 203 Squadron (motto: Occidens oriensque - 'West and east'). 234 Wing 201 Group

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V6294

Code: PP-?

Base: LG.101 Sidi Haneish, Western Egypt

Location: Mediterranean Sea

Pilot: F/O. Arthur Thomas Read 84674 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed killed

Obs: Sgt. Cedric Tyson Brown Aus/404197 RAAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alfred McLevy 809126 RAFVR Age ? Missing - believed killed


Very few derails as to cause of loss, failed to return from an operational patrol off Tripoli.

Burial details:

F/O. Arthur Thomas Read. Malta Memorial. Panel 1, Column 1. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Read, of North End, Portsmouth. Attended Portsmouth Grammar School 1928 - 1936.

Sgt. Cedric Tyson Brown. Malta Memorial. Panel 2, Column 1. Born on the 22 February 1921 at Townsville, Queensland. Enlisted on the 21st June 1940. Son of Cedric Tyson Brown (A lieutenant in 3 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corp, served in France WW1. died 26th December 1969, aged 73 years) and Gertrude Mary Brown (nee Lewis. A Welsh girl from Treherbert, died 04th February 1970), of Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Sgt. Alfred McLevy. Malta Memorial. Panel 2, Column 1. No further details - are you able to assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Portsmouth Grammar School, RAAF Aviation Heritage, other sources as quoted below:

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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