My great uncle, Thomas Austin Withers, was KIA on July 26, 1942. He left Virginia to join the RCAF before the U.S. got into the war. Information regarding him, as well as his letters and awards are circulating in our family. I have always wanted to know more though. I know he was in the 405 Squadron (Halifax W1230). I am curious as to whether there are those out there that have more information regarding my great uncle?? I know he went down in Germany and I know where his remains rest. Is there a model or picture somewhere, of his plane?? Does anyone know more of his story?
Is there a place I can go to get his service record or other information regarding his honorable and faithful service?
this Halifax Mk II was lost on the Hamburg raid 26/27 July 1942 and took off at 23:00
The crew were
Sgt W Smith
Sgt J A Knox
F/Sgt J V Potter RCAF
Sgt T A Withers RCAF
Sgt C Wood
Sgt R A Myers RCAF POW
Sgt R B Prentice
Smith is Buried at Becklingen the rest at Kiel. The aircraft had onlly done 2 hours 35 mins prior to the raid!
In from Chorley Bomber Command Losses 1942.
I would recommend getting the files of the pow from national archives Canada. The sqn records are available from National archives UK. Both have web sites.
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_det ... ty=2356967