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Matthews, Gordon WL

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rank: Sgt
status: kia
airforce: RAF    (no: 777634 )
born: 1920-08-27 Gatooma Zimbabwe

added by: Calvin Wickham
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Gordon William Lash Matthews was the son of Gordon Paxton Lash Matthews and Margaret May Matthews (nee Shone) of S. Rhodesia. The CWGC records that his brother Sergeant Keith Lash Matthews (778843), an Air Gunner in 150 Squadron flying Wellingtons, also fell on 25th August 1942, aged 20.

266 Squadron were escorting Blenheims near Hazebrouck on 3 July 1941 with 257 and 401 Squadrons. About 50 enemy aircraft were encountered and dogfights resulted. Sgt Matthews was posted missing, believed killed, and is buried at Dunkirk Town Cemetary.

The post on RAFCommands confirms that he flew with 57 OTU and 145 Squadron

Squadrons:

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Aircraft:

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P8133 Wing patrol over Channel 1941-06-04
P8142 Raid investigation - sighted Blenheim 1941-06-16
P8236 Convoy Patrol 1941-06-18
P8236 Raid investigation; no enemy aircraft seen 1941-06-18
P8167 Wing patrol Dunkirk, no enemy 1941-06-21
P8167 Wing patrol Dungeness Cap Gris Nez Dover, saw no enemy aircraft 1941-06-21
P8142 Raid investigation; saw nothing 1941-06-22
P8167 Wing Sweep cover for bombers leaving France 1941-06-23
P8422 Wing patrol; no enemy aircraft seen 1941-06-30
P8203 Raid investigation; no enemy aircraft seen 1941-07-02
P8566 Offensive Wing Sweep; shot down by Bf109 near Hazebrouck. Posted missing believed killed 1941-07-03

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