URICH – George David

132304 – Flight Lieutenant – Pilot – 18 Sqn – Boston – KIA at 26 on 16 May 1944

Educated QRC; volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained at Piarco. Boston bomber No Wxx94 of 18 Sqn was reported missing at 2030hrs on 16 May 1944 whilst on armed reconnaisance south of Rome. Entire crew were killed. Son of Herman Paul and Kathleen Elaine Urich, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Initials: G D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 18 Sqdn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 16/05/1944
Service No: 132304
Additional information: Son of Herman Paul and Kathleen Elaine Urich, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave III. K. 17-18.

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

3 additions to “URICH – George David”

  1. Justin Carr adds:

    My grandfather, Sgt George Carr W/Op AG, flew with Flt Lt Dave Urich on 18 Sqn a few times and they were good friends. The last mission they did together was at 2025hrs on 3 May 1944 where they bombed Isola-Farnesi in the north of Rome area in Boston III “O” W8294.
    On the day Flt Lt Urich was killed, George wrote this entry in his diary –
    “May 16th, 1944. Nothing doing all day. Flt Lt Urich & crew missing from Ops. I wanted to fly with him tonight but Dave advised me to have a rest. Thank God.”
    Had Flt Lt Urich not told my grandfather to rest that night he would have also have been killed and I wouldn’t be here right now.
    Thank you Flt Lt Dave Urich, rest eternal, forever in peace.

  2. Dave Urich adds:

    Thank u for this Justin. The Caribbean boys as I understand flew the most dangerous missions. George Dave was my fathers favorite brother who he named me after.

  3. Justin Carr adds:

    Hi Dave, thanks for your comment, it’s nice to know Flt Lt Urich’s relatives are out there. I’m getting all my grandfathers WWII stuff together and displaying them at home but I have also visited 18 Sqn at RAF Odiham and donated some of his items. Stories and diary entires (including the one I previously posted here) are framed and in the 18 Sqn HQ so that our relatives are never forgotten. I have a couple of pictures of Dave in Italy if you are interested in copies and have some other 18 Sqn pics from North Africa and Italy too. You can contact me at justincarr6@gmail.com if you wish.

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