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37 Squadron loss 3rd April 1945

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5 years 4 months ago #4266 by KevinW4
KevinW4 created the topic: 37 Squadron loss 3rd April 1945
No doubt Peter Clare is waiting for me to pop up here.....!
He's pointed out that 37 Squadron also had the Liberator VI, so it could be one of those in which these crew were killed.
On another forum a question has been raised regarding Geoffrey Benjamin Knight.
ww2talk.com/forums/topic/48631-po-geoffe...knight-190953-rafvr/
On a quick search I couldn't find anything related, so thought I'd ask here...

I've got 8 killed on 3rd April, but Hogben is buried in Bari War Cemetery, these 7 are Malta Memorial.
BRADBURN HK 2210368 37 SQDN 03/04/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
HARRIS J 175522 37 SQDN 03/04/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
HORTON DW 1600215 37 SQDN 03/04/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
HUNTER W 651127 37 SQDN 03/04/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE
JARRATT CR 1165202 37 SQDN 03/04/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
KNIGHT GB 190953 37 SQDN 03/04/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
RILEY G 650259 37 SQDN 03/04/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE
7 (or 8) would be very cramped in a Wellington, don't know the story here, too few for a collision, too many (?) for one....
Can anyone come up with more details on this, please?
Thanks in advance

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5 years 4 months ago #4267 by Gary
Gary replied the topic: 37 Squadron loss 3rd April 1945
Hey Kevin, nothing to add from me at the moment other than to confirm that 37 Squadron did indeed operate the Liberator.

'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

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1 year 10 months ago #5461 by pat atkins
pat atkins replied the topic: 37 Squadron loss 3rd April 1945
I'm sure this has been long since resolved in the years since first posted, but as I am currently looking at the 37 Sqdn ORB for this month I thought I'd post what it says anyway - this was indeed a Liberator loss, KL361, which failed to return from a night operation to attack NOVSKA marshalling yards in Yugoslavia. The crew list was:

P/O Knight, CB. Pilot
W/O Jarratt, CR. Nav
F/S Hogben, RG. W/Opr
F/S Horton, DW. B/Amr
Sgt Bradburn, K.H. F/Eng
Sgt Hunter, W. A/Gnr
P/O Harris. J. A/Gnr
Sgt Riley, G. A/Gnr

"Opposition - mainly tracer. 'P' (P/O Knight) is missing, believed fell onto the sea in flames at 2116 hrs."

Apologies if, as I feel sure, this is redundant info! Cheers, Pat.

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