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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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25.08.1944 No. 76 OTU Wellington X LP197 Fl/Sgt. Adams DFM

Operation: Training

Date: 25th August 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 76 Operational Training Unit (OTU)

Type: Wellington X

Serial: LP197

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Aqir (near Rehovot) Israel

Location: Near Ceasarea, Israel

Pilot (inst): Fl/Sgt. Cyril Gilbert Roy Adams DFM 1314989 RAFVR Age 23. Killed (1)

Pilot (u/t): Lt. Donald Ewen Macdonald 103768V SAAF Age 32. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Robert Henry Breach 925410 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: P/O. John Johnstone 181290 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Robinson 1549175 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Samuel Charles Williams 1614983 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


Interested parties in Israel (see credits) contacted us in December 2017 seeking further details on this accident. We welcome any information and credits will be placed of course.

(1) DFM awarded 23rd May 1944 whilst serving with 150 Squadron.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Cyril Gilbert Roy Adams DFM. Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Collective grave. E.A. 7-14. Son of Gilbert George and Lilian Norah Adams, of Henleaze, Gloucestershire, England. Grave inscription reads: "Treasured Memories Of A Dear Son And Brother. Father, Mother And Eileen".

Lt. Donald Ewen Macdonald. Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Collective grave. E.A. 7-14. Husband of Margo Macdonald, of Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa. Grave inscription reads: "In Loving Memory Of My Beloved Husband'.

Sgt. Robert Henry Breach. Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Collective grave. E.A. 7-14. No further details - are you able to assist?

P/O. Hohn Johnstone. Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Collective grave. E.A. 7-14. Son of John and Mary Johnstone, of Ballindarroch, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Grave inscription reads: "With Proud And Loving Memories".

Fl/Sgt. Thomas Robinson. Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Collective grave. E.A. 7-14. No further details - are you able to assist?

Fl/Sgt. Samuel Charles Williams. Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Collective grave. E.A. 7-14. Son of Ethel Williams and husband of Edna June Williams, of Wickford, Essex, England. Grave inscription reads: "God Gave Him Life, He Laid It Down That England Might Be Free".

Following contact from Yehuda Wegman at the Kibutz Sdot near Ceasarea, Israel - December 2017.

KTY - 23.12.2017

SPY - 17.09.2019 Addition of pupil pilot added

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