August 23rd 1943 Berlin

For too long the crew aboard Short Stirling Mk.III EH925 IC-C have been incorrectly recorded as a belonging to No.623 Squadron, this is not the case. The error’s origins may have originated in the loss card (see below) which incorrectly records the crew as belong to 623 Squadron. 

Squadron Leader Waldo Hiles DSO DFC - Copy

Squadron Leader Waldo Hiles DSO DFC

The pilot Squadron Leader Waldo Harry Bentley Hiles DSO DFC ( note incorrect spelling of Hiles ) was at the time of loss a screened pilot serving at No.3 Group HQ having completed two operational tours. His first tour was completed in 1941 while operational with No.49 Squadron ( Handley Page Hampden – 29 operations) the second tour was flown  with No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron 1942-1943 (Short Stirling 20 operations ).

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Rear gunner Flight Sergeant Desmond De Silva DFM. He had only just returned to operations after injurey.

Sadly the error in identifying the crew as belonging to 623 Squadron is compounded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission  who record all the crew apart from F/Sgt De Silva as belonging to 623 Squadron.  To try and correct this error I have attached below the August 1943  “Posting In” document for 623 Squadron. This confirms that none of the crew aboard EH925 were posted onto the squadron prior to their loss.

623 Posting

No.623 Squadron Posting In – Out page August 1943. Also please note the remarks against the loss. !!

I have also added pages from No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron’s “Posting Out” document for August 1943 to confirm that none of the identified crewmembers were posted.

218 1

No.218 Posting Document August 1943

218 2

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218 3

Page 3

218 4

Page 4

Below the offending Loss Card which maybe the cause of the confusion.

Hiles 1

Front page

Hiles 2

Back page : Sadly poor quality.