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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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21st November 1941 29 Squadron Beaufighter IF R2183 Sgt. Wilson

Operation: Practice

Date: 21st November 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 29 Squadron (motto: Impiger et Acer - 'Energetic and keen') 11 Group

Type: Beaufighter IF

Serial: R2183

Code: RO-?

Base: RAF West Malling, Kent

Location: Boxley Grange, Kent

Pilot: Sgt. Ralph Edmond Wilson NZ/404010 RNZAF Age 21. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Francis Paul Miller 550034 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

About to make a landing but at 14:30 flew into high ground in poor visibility.

Both crew members losing their lives.

Burial details:

Sgt. Ralph Edmond William Wilson (as listed on the CWGC). Maidstone Cemetery. Plot C.C.1. Grave 10. Born on the 15th April 1920 at Dunedin. Enlisted on the 27th October 1940. Son of Richard Victor and Gladys Mary Wilson (née Wallinton), of Lauder, Otago, New Zealand. Stepson of John Maurice Charles Brookdale Lauder. Note; his birth certificate does not show the name William and he served using Ralph Edmond Wilson. A total of 258 solo flying hors logged.

Sgt. Francis Paul Miller. Oxford Cemetery (Rose Hill). Sec. J. 3. Grave 128. Son of James Miller and of Frances Lilian Miller, of Headington, Oxford. Grave inscription: 'Eternal Rest Give Unto Him, O Lord; And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 16-01-2021

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', 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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