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Rex Alfred 1248 Gotts #040

World War 2- two strange connections

My Auntie Blanche (Gotts) was in the WRAF during the war, based in Tolthorpe, near Thirsk in Yorkshire, where Halifax and Lincoln planes were stationed. One night the station commander called her into his office and said he regretted to inform here that her brother had not returned from a flight over Germany. She didn't have a brother in the Air Force, but he was definitely a Gotts.

Much later when I was researching the name, I learned of Rex Alfred Gotts. Presumably, that was who my Aunt heard about!

Also, Blanche’s nephew Brian was in the RAF and was based at RAF Swinderby for a while.

(Ian Gotts of St Albans)

Rex Alfred Gotts

Rex was serving in the Australian Air Force when he was shot down over the North Sea.

International Bomber Command website has these details:

GOTTS Rex Alfred, Rank: Sgt, Service Number: 400981

Full name: GOTTS, Rex Alfred, Decorations:  N/A,

Date of death: 23/09/42, Age: 22

Next of kin Son of David Rex Elmo and Reubena Elizabeth Gotts; Husband of Emily Joan Gotts, of Alphington, Victoria, Australia.

Aircraft Information

Squadron 50, Aircraft Lancaster, Serial Number R5909, Markings VN-

Memorial information: Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom

Grave Reference Panel 112.

He was flying out of RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire to bomb Wismar in Germany, and must have been following a route like this. Whether they were  shot down on the way in or after the raid we don’t know.

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