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458 Squadron Crest
15/16.06.1943 No. 458 Squadron Wellington VIII LB195 Sgt. Eric B. Bottomley

Operation: Anti-Submarine Patrol

Date: 15/16th June 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 458 Squadron (RAAF)

Type: Wellington VIII

Serial: LB195

Code: FU-?

Base: RAF Protville, Tunisia

Location: Not known, Mediterranean Sea?

Pilot: Sgt. Eric Burton Bottomley 657261 RAF Age 23. Missing

Pilot 2: Sgt. Bryan Lockwood Pottage 1425553 RAFVR Age 21. Missing

Nav: W/O.II. Thomas Peter Scandiffio R/102787 RCAF Age 31. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Runnacles Cousins 1269264 RAFVR Age 20. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Douglas Reynolds 1165671 RAFVR Age 27. Missing

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Edwin Flecknoe AUS/402920 RAAF Age 25. Missing


Taking off at 20:40 hrs on a close anti submarine patrol escorting a convoy (‘Parcel’) At 00:20 hrs the aircraft suddenly went off the RDF plot in position 30.55 N 20.04 E

The aircraft was not seen again and failed to return to base. We welcome any further information on this and from relatives of the crew.

Burial details:

Sgt. Eric Burton Bottomley. Alamein Memorial. Panel 270. Son of Fred and Bertha Bottomley, of Manchester, England. Husband of Margaret Mary Mabel Bottomley, of Kilburn, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. Bryan Lockwood Pottage. Alamein Memorial. Panel 271. Son of John and Mary Lockwood Pottage, of Beverley, Yorkshire, England.

Thomas Peter Scandiffio. Alamein Memorial. Panel 272. Born on April 17th 1912. Son of Mrs M. Scandiffio of 31 Yarmouth Gardens,Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His brother, 30 year old pilot Francis Michael Scandiffio J/88799 (R/93392) was also lost, on Saturday, 15th July 1944 - flying with No. 21 Ferry Control in Thunderbolt Mk.I HD163.

Sgt. John Runnacles Cousins. Alamein Memorial. Panel 270. Son of John Henry and Bessie Edith Cousins, of Thorpeness, Suffolk, England.

Fl/Sgt. John Douglas Reynolds. Alamein Memorial. Panel 270. Son of John Douglas and Mary Reynolds, of Bromyard, Herefordshire, England.

Fl/Sgt. John Edwin Flecknoe. Alamein Memorial. Panel 278. Son of Arthur Edwin and Mabel Flecknoe, of Wollstonecraft, New South Wales, Australia.

For further details our thanks to Dave Colman for research material submitted to Aircrew Remembered - June 2015.

KTY 03.06.2015

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