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Researching my family history. This is about my uncle Arthur William Downing.

Probably a Martin Baltimore Mk. IV or V (A-30A). (U.S. Air Force photo)

Number: 403261 Rank: Warrant Officer [WO] Sgt. Gunner Unit: 55 Sqn RAF (Martin Baltimore Bombers) Service: Royal Australian Air Force Conflict: 1939-1945 Date of Death: 18/10/1943 (Aged 22) Place of Death: Scarpione. Italy Cause of Death: Flying Battle Memorial Panel: 121 Cemetery or Memorial Details: Cassino War Cemetery Cassino Provincia di Frosinone Lazio, Italy Plot: Coll. Grave III. E. 23. Next Of Kin: Violet Hester Downing (Mother)

Lancaster1Notes: Based on the island of Malta, he was on his 49th operational night raid over mainland Italy.

Flying in formation the aircraft above him was hit by flack and collided on descent with his aircraft.

He was trapped in his gun turret and unable to get out. The crew tried to release him but were unable to help and all except him bailed out safely by parachute.

Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

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