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Subject:   460 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force
Date:           Mon, 25 Oct 1999 12:41:17 +0100 (British Summer Time)
From:          Peter Greig Kerr <>

Dear Sir,

My Uncle ( Sergeant Roderick Watson Kerr (979213) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) was part of the above, and apparently perished on a training flight on either the 2nd or 3rd of March in 1943.

I would dearly like to know more about him and the circumstances of his death. Do you have any information on him/his fateful flight? Alternatively can you give me some pointers as to how/where I could obtain some information?

Thanking you in anticipation.

Kind regards




Lancaster W4864, of 460 Squadron RAAF, based at RAF Breighton, crashed near RAF Shawbury, in the grounds of Acton Reynolds girl's school, in Shropshire at 00.10 hrs on 3 March 1943. Roderick Watson Kerr and the rest of the crew were all killed.

For more details on this crash


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Sergeant Roderick Watson Kerr


Subject:   460 Squadron
Date:           14 February 2000
From:          Peter G. Kerr []


Apologies if you end up with two copies of this note! I'm afraid our network is playing "silly devils".

That said, I've been busy searching through an old chest full of family photographs and thus far I've only managed to unearth one photograph of my Uncle.

I will continue the search. However, in the interim, I attach a copy of the photo (in both gif and jpg format).

I trust that this is of interest?

Finally, I should add that my mother was speaking to an old Aunt and told her about the information that you had kindly provided on the crash. The Aunt had a recollection that at the time it was thought that the plane had actually been shot down! I think the modern terminology is a "friendly fire" incident!

Kind regards




Subject:   460 Squadron
Date:           Tue, 22 Feb 2000 17:28:39 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
From:          "Peter G. Kerr" <>

Gidday Peter,

Many thanks for your recent e-mail.

I note and am extremely grateful that you have included the photograph of my Uncle on your excellent website.

Many thanks once again.

Kind regards



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