CIPRIANI – Mervyn Eugene

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1399230 – M.E. Cipriani – Sgt – Ach/P – attested 19.11.41
D.F. 22.10.43

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 – Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]

1399230 – Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 158 Sqn, Bomber Command, 4 Group – Halifax – KIA at 25Volunteer ETS; Trained at Piarco; KIA on 22 Oct 1943. Halifax W297 took off from Lissett airfield at 1745hrs on 22 Oct 1943; bombing mission on Kassel; aircraft failed to return. No survivors. Buried at Hanover War cemetery, Germany, Plot 1, Row C, Grave 3. Kasel raid comprised 569 aircraft – 322 Lancs., 247 halifax; loss rate 7%. Raid was exceptionally accurate and resulted in a firestorm – Son of Emmanuel Paul and Lelia Inez Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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6 additions to “CIPRIANI – Mervyn Eugene”

  1. Jerome Lee adds:

    CIPRIANI, MERVYN EUGENE Initials: M E Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 158 Sqdn. Age: 25 Date of Death: 22/10/1943 Service No: 1399230 Additional information: Son of Emmanuel Paul and Lelia Inez Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. C. 3. Cemetery: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY. Source; CWGC. Additional info. courtesy CXX, 158 Sqn Halifax II LW297 NP-E Op. Kassel. Took off 1745hrs Lissett. Crashed at Holzhausen 7 km WSW of Munden. Source: BCL Vol.4 WR Chorley

  2. david mellor adds:

    i am doing geneology on my foreparents.mervyn cipiani was the child of my grandmother”s(leontine burke)sister(lelia cipriani).if anyone can give me any more info on the history of mervyn in the RAF,i would appreciate it.thanks,david mellor

  3. John F Cahill adds:

    Hi David, My Uncle John Cahill was the rear Gunner on Mervin;s last flight and I also was trying to find out some info on his War record, I had been talking with Jerome Lee and he tried his best to dig up some info for me with the relatives of mervyn but sad to say to no avail as they had advanced in years and I can fully understand that….my email is as follows……I am in the Republic of Ireland…Kind regards John F Cahill

  4. Lynne Lucas adds:

    Hi I believe my great uncle was possible navigator or bomb aimed on this last flight. I’m only just starting to trace info so all abit vague.

  5. Lynne Lucas adds:

    Sorry his details were james barkess cameron 1555813

  6. IAN PHILLIPS adds:

    Mervyn Cipriani was the brother of my mother Marvis Cipriani Phillips. My email address is

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