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ALFRED HENRY SKINGLE 1882 - 1917

Alfred Henry Skingle born 4th qtr 1882, Marylebone. Airman Mechanic 3rd Class. Service No.69956. Was Killed In Action 30th December 1917, Royal Flying Corps. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery France. Alfred Henry's death was reported in the Royal Aero Club of the Uk Paper dated Feb 7th 1918.

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ALFRED.WILLIAM.SKINGLE 1892-1917

Alfred William.Skingle born 1892, Dunmow. Killed in Action 2nd September 1917 in Belgium. Private in 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, Regimental No. 5045. Hertfordshire Regimental No 266640. Buried in Voormelzeele Enclosures No, 1 - 2 Belguim.

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CHARLES.HENRY.SKINGLE 1885 - 1918

Charles.Henry.Skingle born 3rd qtr 1885, Epping. A Private in the Army Service No. 68904. died while in service abroad on the 30th January 1918. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Also listed on the War memorial in Churchgate Street, Harlow. Wife Winifred K Hopkins , Residence; Longburton, Sherbourne, Dorset. Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps.

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DONALD HECTOR SKINGLE 1917 - 1940

Donald Hector Skingle born 1917 in Retford, Notts. Son of Harold Edwin Skingle. Private in the Army Service No. 4750176. Donald Hector was badly injured while in action, he was evacuated from France via the beaches at Dunkirk and was placed in Brookland Hospital, Surrey where he died on the 3rd of June 1940. Aged 22 years. York and Lancashire Regiment. Buried Beverley Cemetery(Queensgate)

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DOUGLAS DAVID SKINGLE 1923 -1944

Douglas David Skingle Born 1923, Canada. The son of Basil Francis Skingle and Nellie Wilcock, Residence; Homber Bay, Ontario, Canada. Douglas was a Pilot Officer in the Royal Flying Corps. Service No. J/90562. Killed in action on the 8th June 1944, Along with seven other crew members of Lancaster LL643 of 408 squadron, their plane crashed in France. See (Runnymede Memorial. Commonwealth War Graves Site.) Instructions are at bottom of this page.

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MISSION OF OPERATION.

Acheres, France. (Rail junctions)

Date: 7th/8th June 1944.

Unit: 408 Squadron. (Goose)

Type: Lancaster II

Serial: LL643

Code: EQ-Q

Base: Linton-On-Ouse, Yorkshire, England

Location: Forest of Hellett, Bailleul-Neuville

CREW MEMBERS

Pilot: F/Lt. Joseph William Weis C/1651 R.C.A.F. Age 26. Killed

Nav: P/O. John Alexander Inverarity J/86381 R.C.A.F. Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: P/O, Douglas David Skingle J/90562 R.C.A.F. Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: F/O. Robert Harold Rolph J/19174 R.C.A.F. Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: P/O. Herbert Hugill 175288 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Derek Noel Flitton 1467806 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Raymond William Griggs 177073 R.A.F.V.R. Age 22 Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt, Ralph William Lowrey 54943 R.A.F. Age 24 Killed



members of 408 "Goose" Squadron.

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from Linton-On-Ouse at 23.00hrs. Part of a force of 23 Lancasters from 408 and 419 squadrons were joined by 97 Halifaxes from 420, 425, 426, 429, 431, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons in attacking the road/rail junction at Acheres and the rail yards at
Versailles. The crews were over the targets at between 3,000 and 7,000 feet releasing 930,000 lbs of high explosives.
According to reports, these targets were accurately bombed.
LL643 failed to return from the mission and all crew members were lost without trace. It is known that the squadrons encountered heavy night fighter attacks.

BELOW ARE THE EIGHT UNFORTUNATE CREW MEMBERS of LANCASTER LL643 .



Crew left to right top: F/Lt. Weis, P/O. Inverarity, P/O. Hugill, Fl/Sgt. Flitton
Bottom: Fl/Sgt. Griggs, Sgt. Lowrey, P/O. Skingle, F/O. Rolph (Courtesy Jimmie Dunn, Laurent Viton)





The following excerpts are from letters on the Personal Files of members of the crew.

June 8th 1944 - Wing Commander R. A. Mclernon letter of June 10th 1944:
The crew of Lancaster LL643 were reported as missing from Operations over Acheres Railway Junction France on the night of 7/8th June 1944.

June 10th 1944 - Wing Commander R. A. Mclernon letter of June 10th 1944:
Item 3: All necessary action has been taken and next of kin residing in Great Britain have been advised.



August 16th 1945 - R.C.A.F. Casualty Officer letter for the Chief of the Air Staff, of August 16th 1945 to Mrs. B. F. Skingle:
I wish to acknowledge your letter of August 8 concerning your son, Pilot Officer Douglas David Skingle. It is indeed regretted that despite the continued and persistent efforts, no trace of your son has, as yet been found, I wish to assure you that action to presume his death is for official purposes only and will not diminish or affect in any way, the effort being made to locate him.
Some information is available concerning a great many aircraft which crashed or were shot down in Continental Europe when practically all of it was occupied by the enemy and every possible effort on an organised basis is being put forth to secure all information available. Where no reports have been received of the existence of graves it is the function of the Royal Air Force and Dominion Air Force Missing Research Enquiry Service, which has been organised for the purpose of research and enquiry in liberated territories into the circumstances of aircrews reported as casualties, to commence a thorough investigation. This Service will also endeavour to obtain additional information to supplement that already received. It is now operating and will continue to conduct a systematic research on a chronological basis.
The civilian population in these areas is being contacted by Radio and Press and Proclamations through the various civic authorities to centralise, through this Service, any information or concrete evidence they may have about Air Force personnel or crashed aircraft. Similar instructions have been issued to all Service personnel engaged in those areas and you may rest assured that immediately any further word about your son you will at once be advised. May I again extend to you and members of your family my most sincere sympathy in this long and anxious period of waiting.

May 21st 1948 - S. L. Baker letter for the Air Ministry letter dated 21 May 1948:
“As no news has ever been received from any other source whatsoever …….. and no human remains were recovered for burial all eight members of the crew will now be recorded as having no known grave and will be commemorated on the memorial to the missing.”

November 17th 1949 - R.C.A.F. Casualty Officer, W/C W. R. Gunn letter for Chief of the Air Staff, dated November 17th 1949 to Mr. B. F. Skingle:
It is with regret that I refer to the loss of your son, Pilot Officer Douglas David Skingle, who lost his life on air operations against the enemy on June 8th 1944, but a report has been received from our Missing Research and Enquiry Service concerning your son and members of his crew.
Actually, there was very little wreckage left, the bomb load having exploded. The keeper of the of the forest stated that the crash was of such a severe nature that no remains were recovered.
Unhappily, owing to the extreme hazards which accompanied air operations, there are many thousands of British aircrewmen who, like your son, do not have ‘Known’ graves and their memories will be commemorated on general memorials.



Above photo of Pilot Officer Douglas Skingle when he flew with a different crew seen here with W/O Bill Wade (Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Photo Unit)


Above is Pilot Officer Douglas Skingle shown in the middle here with his normal regular crew. (Photograph kindly supplied by Jimmie Dunn)



Burial details:None as after an exstensive search of the crash site, no remains of any kind have been found.

All eight members of the crew are recorded as having no known grave.
Their Deaths are recorded in Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records and all are Remembered and Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial to the Missing:


F/Lt. Joseph William Weis. Panel No: 244
Son of Herman William and Adela Grace Weis, of King, Ontario, Canada.

P/O. John Alexander Inverarity. Panel No: 250
Son of James and Christina Inverarity, John A, was the husband of Ethel I. Inverarity, of Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

P/O. Douglas David Skingle. Panel No: 253
Son of Basil Francis and Nellie Skingle, of Humber Bay, Ontario, Canada.

F/O. Robert Harold Rolph. Panel No: 248
Son of Harold J and Dorothy L Rolph, of Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

Fl/Sgt. Derek Noel Flitton Panel No: 217
born 4th Qtr 1921, he was the Son of Harry Joseph Flitton born 8th Feb 1890, he was the son of Joseph Flitton Occ; Chauffeur. Harry Joseph Flitton's Occ; Insurance Agent and Violet Isobel Morgan born 8th Nov 1889, her Occ; Clerk, they had married on the 20th Nov 1913, St Johns Church, Markyate. Luton. Violet Isobel's mother was Harriet born 23rd May 1856, father was Edward Morgan Occ; Farm Foreman. Harry and Violet had two children Derek Noel, they also had a daughter Gloria I in the 4th Qtr 1924 Luton. Gloria I sadly died in the same period 4th Qtr 1924 Luton. Derek Noel had married Clara May Atwell in the 1st Qtr 1943. Derek Noel Flitton and Clara May Atwell had a daughter Valerie M Flitton born in the 2nd Qtr 1944 East Glamorgan. Valerie M Flitton married Charles C Cade in the 2nd Qtr 1966, St Albans. It appears Derek Noel's widow Clara May remarried in the 4th Qtr 1946 to Walter C Crawley, at East Glamorgan.

P/O. Herbert Hugill. Panel No: 211
Herbert was born 2nd Qtr 1923, at Hemsley. He was the son of Albert Hugill and Nellie Biggins, of Middleton St. George, Co. Durham, United Kingdom. Albert was born 11th March 1894 he died 2nd Oct 1972, Albert and Nellie born 4th Sept 1900, married in 1920. In 1939 Alberts Occ; Cowman. Nellie's Occ; Char Woman. They were living at number 14,Chapel Street, Darlington. They had six children, 1st.Stanley born 19th May 1920, in 1939 his Occ; Relief Oxy Acetylene Burner, he married Edna M Knott in 1945. Stanley died 3rd Qtr 1986, Darlington. 2nd. Wilfred was born 11th Oct 1921. In 1939 Wilfred's Occ; General Farm Worker on Morton Palms Farm the farmer was George Willis. Wilfred married Doris Gladwin in 1947, Wilfred died 3rd Qtr 1979, Darlington. 3rd. Herbert was born. 4th. Edith Joan was born 1st April 1926, Stockton. Edith Joan died in 1996. 5th. George was born 29th Nov 1926, Darlington. 6th. Alice was born 1930,Darlington.

Flight Sergeant Raymond William Griggs Panel No: 211
Flight Sergeant Raymond William Griggs born 9th Dec 1921.
Son of William Samuel Griggs born 21st Oct 1888 - 1969 and Dorothy Mary Raymond born 22nd Feb 1893 - 1984, Croydon, United Kingdom. In 1939 William Samuel occ;Engineer Turner, Raymond William occ; Casting Clerk. The family were living at 11, Walton Road, Croydon. Raymond was the younger brother of Nora I Griggs born 9th Sept 1914. Nora's 1939 Occ; Telephone Assembler, Nora married Reginald R Wright on the 29th Aug 1950. Raymonds second sister Gwenith E Griggs was born in 1st qtr 1917. Gwenith married Frederick C White in the 4th qtr 1948.
CWGC Records show no age and no next of kin and no additional information.

Air/Gnr: Sgt Ralph William Lowrey Panel No: 211
Ralph William Lowrey born 4th qtr 1919.
The eldest of three known children of Robert Lowery and Jane Riddell, who had married in the 3rd Qtr 1914. Rothbury District, Northumberland, United Kingdom. The other two children were Ernest L Lowery born the 3rd Qtr 1921 and Violet J Lowery born 2nd Qtr 1924. Ralph William had married in the 4th Qtr 1940 to Marjorie W Parker, they had two daughters. Ralph's first daughter was June M Lowery born 1941, she married in 1970 to John T Neal. Ralph's second daughter was Sheila R Lowery born 1942, she married Ian W Hatton in the 4th Qtr 1962, they had three children, Nita 1965, Lisa 1967, Kevin 1968. Ralph William Lowrey's widowed wife Marjorie appears to have remarried in the 4th Qtr 1945 to John A Powell.
CWGC Records show no age and no next of kin and no additional information.



The families are very grateful for the research of George McKillop (Canada), Jimmie Dun, Laurent Viton (France), Mrs Edna Hugill, Nancy Aydon and Barbara Weis. Also many thanks to the Canadian Forces Photo Unit for the photo of Douglas David Skingle.



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CHARLES SKINGLE 1877-1917

Charles Skingle Born 1877, The son of Mark and Elizabeth Skingle. Rank corporal, Service No.T4/085280. Charles signed up April 1915, he was Killed in action by a bomb dropped by enemy aircraft on the 3rd July 1917: Aged 41 years.Regiment Army Service Ordanance Corps. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried Dranoutre Military Cemetery. Belguim Awarded 1914-1915 Star. British War Medal. Victory Medal.

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EDWARD E SKINGLE 1871 -1918

Edward. E Skingle Born 4th qtr 1871. Enlisted 1889 served until 1892, Later served in South Africa as a volunteer. Sept 1914, June 1915 was sent to France where he served in a Trench Mortar Battery he saw action at Armentieres, Ypres, Hodge Hill 60, Polygon Wood, Edward was promoted to Sergeant in Oct 1915, invalided due to illness and was sent home in June 1916, when he returned to England he spent time testing guns at Woolwich, then as an instructor in the Tank Corps. Edward died of heart disease on the 18th May 1918, Aged 46 years. Regiment; Royal Garrison Artillery. Service No. 278643. Edward is buried in Camberwell Cemetery, {Forest Hill Road}

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ARTHUR THOMAS SKINGLE 1884-1916

Arthur Thomas Skingle Born approx late Dec 1884, Wansworth. The Son of Mrs Alice Gale of 18, Sudlow Road, Wansworth, London. He enlisted in the Army on the 7th April 1915 at the Age of 31 years 107 days, Rank Private, Regiment; Queens Own. {Royal West Kent Regiment} Service No.G6125. At his enlistment medical he was 5 foot 3 inches tall, weighed 143 lbs and had a large scar top of his right thigh, Arthur Served under the name { Dingle } reason unknown at present. Arthur Thomas was sent to France on the 1st Oct 1915. Eight months later on the 29th of May 1916 he was wounded by gun shot in the abdomen and both thighs whilst on the Battlefield at Nord, France. Arthur died of these wounds two days later on 31st May 1916, France. Arthur's belongings were returned to his family in September 1916 they consisted of the following items; 1 disc , 1 pocket wallet, letters etc, 1 pipe, 1 knife, 1 mouth organ. Arthur Thomas was Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Ext Nord. Arthur Thomas had served a total of 1year and 56 days at the time of his death.

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HERBERT SKINGLEY 1889 - 1918

Herbert Skingley Born 1889.Son of Alfred and Martha Skingley. Herbert's Residence: 51 Hatfield Road Stratford London. Married Caroline Ada Parham in the 1st qtr 1911. West Ham. Herbert was Killed in Action 10th October 1918. Aged 29 years. Service No.3/10144. Regiment Royal Irish. Buried Ramleh War Cemetery Israel.


JOHN FISHER EDWARDS 1915 - 1943

John Fisher Edwards, better known as Jack Edwards Born about 1915. The son of Alfred Ernest Edwards and Jessie M Fletcher. John Fisher married Margaret Patricia Skingle in 1941. Killed on the 17th March 1943, aged 28years. Service No 6461661. Unit 47 Independant Squadron, Reconnaissance R.A.C.Corps. He is Buried in Willesden New Cemetery , Section F, Grave 323.

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JOSEPH SKINGLE 1893-1912

Joseph Skingle Born 1893. Stoker 1st class. Royal Marines Light Infantry. HMS Prince George. HMS INFLEXIBLE Died: 4th May 1912. Buried at Royal Naval Cemetery, Portland, Hants.

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DANIEL SKINGLE 1831 - 1910

Daniel Skingle Born 3rd April 1831. Place Epping Harlow Essex. Died Feb 8th 1910. Harlow. Daniel a Fireman, had a Memorial erected to him by the Firemans Union in 1910, he is buried in the Churchyard of St,Johns, Harlow, Essex. Memorial has an Axe and Firemans Helmet carved on it, Also states Daniel had served more than 25years In the Harlow Fire Brigade.
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KATHLEEN ELIZA SKINGLE 1877-1944

Kathleen Eliza Skingle born 1877. Maiden name Lovatt. Married 1902. William Herbert Henry Skingle Born 1880, died 3rd qtr 1942, Essex S.W. Residence: 106 Upton lane, Forrest Gate, London. Kathleen and her lodger Nurse Ursala Macer were both killed at Upton Lane School, on 12th August 1944, By a flying bomb landing on the school. Both civilan Casualties of the Second World War. Kathleen was the widow of William Herbert Henry Skingle. Kathleen is Buried in West Ham Cemetery.

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