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Family history sucess story: 78 Sqd RAF: Operation Crossbow info wanted please?

Article about: Sorry I missed his name! Here is the pic of my relative's grave, care of Dirk in Germany. Cheers, Ade.

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    Sorry I missed his name!

    Here is the pic of my relative's grave, care of Dirk in Germany.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Casualty Details:

    Name: HICKLING, GEORGE EDWARD
    Initials: G E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Flt Engr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 78 Sqdn.
    Age: 30
    Date of Death: 27/09/1943
    Service No: 155088
    Additional information: Son of Lawrence Henry and Ethel Hickling, of Nottingham; husband of Lily Elizabeth Hickling, of Nottingham.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 3. E. 10-13.
    Cemetery: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY
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    The crash site today, care of Dirk.

    I am the first relative to contact Dirk, who has been researching this crash for years, so he very pleased to make contact. He has been a great help and very kindly sent me these pics.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Maps and Google earth postition of the crash.

    One day I will visit the site and his grave to pay my respects.
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    Some wonderful scans of the original German documentation re the crash and recovery of the crew's remains. Once again, my thanks to Dirk.
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    Here he is in happier times pre war with his wife, Lilly.

    His wife later remarried and moved to the USA. She passed away in 2009.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Fantastic Ade. This adds so much more to your family's history.
    I really like the sentiment on his headstone.

    Have to ask if you have brothers, sisters or children who are
    interested all your research ? You've done a ton
    of work........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Hi Steve, actually I am an only child. But my Son and the wider family are really interested in all the discoveries I have made.

    Some more to come later on another family member.

    Cheers, Ade.
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