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F/L Maurice Ivan Cox AFC RAF and crew – 103 Squadron – RAF Elsham Wolds – 1944

Failed to Return – 27/28th April 1944 – Avro Lancaster I – ME738 – OpFriedrichshafen

Maurice Cox and his crew were posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds in March 1944. They were lost on their 7th operation. See below:-

09-Apr-44 – Villeneuve-St-George – Lancaster – ND632 – F/L MI Cox - Combat. Attacked twice by enemy aircraft and successfully evaded.

10-Apr-44 – Aulnoye – Lancaster – ND632 – F/L MI Cox

18-Apr-44 – Rouen – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

20-Apr-44 – Cologne – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

24-Apr-44 – Karlsruhe – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

26-Apr-44 – Essen – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

27-Apr-44 – Friedrichshafen – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox – FTR - Night fighter victim. Crashed at Langenschiltach in the Black Forest, Germany.

Reportedly shot down by Oblt Martin Becker of IV/NJG6.

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103 Squadron Parama

F/L Maurice Ivan Cox AFC RAF – Pilot - 23 – 103 Sqn - Son of the Revd. John Francis Cox, M.C., M.A., and Alice Muriel Cox of Highcliffe, Christchurch, Hampshire – Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany

Sgt N S Crank RAFVR – 103 Sqn - POW – Camp L6/357 – POW no 3814

W/O L R Fletcher RCAF - 103 Sqn - POW – Camp L7 – POW no 113

P/O Walter J Parama RCAF ( pictured above ) - 103 Sqn – Evader.

Sgt John Arthur Warburton RAFVR – Air Gunner - 24 - 103 Sqn - Son of Frank and Emma Warburton; husband of Kathleen Warburton of Frodsham, Cheshire - Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany

Sgt John Wilson RAFVR – Wireless Operator - 103 Sqn - Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany

Sgt John Dorrity RAFVR – Air Gunner - 103 Sqn - Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany

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Maurice Cox was awarded an AFC which was gazetted in August 1943

I seem to recall being told years ago after successfully baling out Walter Parama headed the short distance to Lake Constance, stole a boat, rowed across the lake and was in Switzerland on the 29th April. An extremely successful and speedy evasion.

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27-Apr-44 - Friedrichshafen

This attack is described the Friedrichshafen Article in the relevant section here.

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Lancaster – ME738

This machine was lost on its 5th operation all with the cox crew. See below :-

18-Apr-44 – Rouen – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

20-Apr-44 – Cologne – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

24-Apr-44 – Karlsruhe – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

26-Apr-44 – Essen – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox

27-Apr-44 – Friedrichshafen – Lancaster – ME738 – F/L MI Cox – FTR - Night fighter victim. Crashed at Langenschiltach in the Black Forest, Germany.

Item compiled by David Fell

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