NUNEZ – George Albert

[Photograph: CMHA]
1391847 – G.A. Nunez – Trinidad – Pilot – attested 6.6.41 –
146436 – P/O – commissioned 2.4.43 – D.F. 1.5.43[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 – Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]1391847/146436cwgc – Pilot Officer – 5 Group, 9 Sqn, RAF Bawdry – Lancaster ED838 – KIA at 32Took off at 0017hrs on 1 May 1943, to attack Essen, Germany. Nothing further was heard from a/c from time of take off – Son of Albert and Georgiana Nunez; husband of Olive Adella Nunez, of St. Joseph, Trinidad.[Source: CMHA]

Initials: G A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 9 Sqdn.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 01/05/1943
Service No: 146436
Additional information: Son of Albert and Georgiana Nunez; husband of Olive Adella Nunez, of St. Joseph, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 132.


Lancaster ED838 was lost on the night of 30th April/1st May 1943. The full crew was P.O.Nunez (promoted to Pilot Officer from Sergeant wef 2.4.43), Sgt.A.Beard, Sgt.E.F.Doolittle, Sgt.R.A.Knapman, Sgt.C.H.Collins, Sgt.J.Bayliss and Sgt.D.R.Barber.

ED838 was lost on a mission to Essen. It would appear that the aircraft could well have been claimed by one or more German flak batteries near the Dutch coast, with one of these claiming an aircraft to have been downed to the West of Bergen at 02:36 hours, 1st May 1943. No wreckage or bodies have ever been recovered and all seven crew were logged as Killed-in-Action.

[Source: John Baker]

More details on crash and crew of Lancaster ED838 in a report by John Baker posted on the International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive.



2 additions to “NUNEZ – George Albert”

  1. Jerome Lee adds:

    This Officer’s SN is in doubt. The latter number is via CWGC. KIA on 1 May 1943 on a bombing mission to Essen

  2. Anthony Nunez adds:

    My Grandfather….
    My Grandmother Olive was very introspective when asked about what happened.
    When I asked about him, many said he had outgrown Trinidad and needed a bigger adventure.

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