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Airmen Died In The Second World War, 1939-1946
Documents nearly 129,000 service personnel who died whilst serving under Royal Air Force control or with their own national air services during the Second World. “The first comprehensive and detailed record to be published of all British, Commonwealth, Dominion and European Allied airmen who died while under Royal Air Force control or with their own national air services during the Second World War.”

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First name(s) Henry Eric
Last name Maudslay
Age 21
Birth year 1922
Service number –
Rank Squadron Leader
Function pilot
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit or regiment 617 Squadron
Death year 1943
War Second World War, 1939-1945
Command Bomber Cmnd
Aircraft type Lancaster III
Aircraft serial ED937
Base Scampton, Lincs
Burial place or memorial Reichswald Forest War Cem, Germany
Cause of death Killed in Action
Death date 17/05/1943
Honours DFC
Native of Broadway, Worcs
Notes Damaged by its own bomb and shot down by flak at Klein-Netterden near Emmerich when returning from the Eder Dam during Operation Chastise
Record set Airmen Died In The Second World War, 1939-1946
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Subcategory Second World War
Collections from Great Britain, UK None

Bomber Command Losses 1939-1945
“Of the 125,000 Aircrew who served in Bomber Command during the Second Wold War, nearly three quarters were killed, seriously injured or taken Prisoner of War and over 40 per cent were killed whilst serving, giving the highest rate of attrition of any Allied unit. Each man was a volunteer, and their average age of death was only 23.”

Here’s a sample.

First name(s) Henry Eric
Last name Maudslay
Birth year 1922
Age 21
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Squadron number 617
Rank Squadron Leader
Service number 62275
Year 1943
Death year 1943
Father first name Reginald Walter
Mother first name Susan Gwendolen
Cemetery memorial Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
Death date 17 May 1943
Next of kin Son of Reginald Walter and Susan Gwendolen Maudslay, of Broadway, Worcestershire.
Rank as transcribed S/L
Trade Pilot
Url View source website
Record set Bomber Command Losses 1939-1945
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Subcategory Second World War
Collections from Great Britain, England

 

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