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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:57 pm    Post subject: Ettrickbridge (Kirkhope) - Second World War Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Counted worthy of more glory"

Hugh M Kesting, RAF
Thomas Scott, RAF

A beautifully carved memorial.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref No. 44089
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further info on these two individuals as below

Sgt H.M. Kesting was the 2nd Pilot on 58 Sqn Whitley T4174 GE-X that had departed RAF Linton on Ouse, North Yorkshire at 1649 on 14/11/40 for Ops Berlin

The cause of the loss is not known. Four crew were killed, one became a POW


Sgt T. Scott was the Flight Engineer on IX Sqn Lancaster NG223 WS-D that had departed RAF Bardney, Lincolnshire at 0810 on 01/01/45 for Ops Ladbergen (the Dortmund-Ems Canal)

The cause of the loss is not known. Four crew were killed three became POW

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HUGH M. KESTING, R.A.F.
Hugh Morrison Kesting age 22 Sergeant/Pilot (758211) 58th Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Hugh was educated at Selkirk High School and enlisted just before the outbreak of war. He was the second pilot of his Whitley bomber which had taken off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire for a raid on Berlin. The cause of the loss is not known but four crew were killed and were buried in Berlin Olympischestrasse Cemetery. They were re-interred in May 1959.
Born 1918 in Drumelzier, Peeblesshire. Son of the Rev. Norman Gottfried Kesting and Maud (Cameron) Kesting of Kirkhope Manse.
Killed in Action on 14 November 1940 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Liberton Kirk memorial in Edinburgh.

I was interested to see that the navigator on the aircraft was:
Sub-Lieutenant (A) IVAL RHYS WEBB, Aged 22, H.M.S. Daedalus, Royal Navy.
Tony Hibberd tells me that "During the early years of WWII, Bomber Command aircrew levels were at critical as losses mounted. Until the introduction of the dedicated trade of Navigator, as a "stop gap" a substantial number of aircrew were "borrowed" from the Fleet Air Arm - albeit with a high degree of casualties as a result."




THOMAS SCOTT, R.A.F.
Thomas Scott age 19 Sergeant/Flight Engineer (1569472) 9 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Thomas's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Bardney in Lincolnshire to bomb the Dortmund-Ems Kanal near Ladbergen but the aircraft was hit by ground-fire and crashed north of Munster. Those of the crew who were killed were buried at Schmededhausen-Greven but were re-interred in June 1948.
Born 1925 in Castleton, Roxburghshire. Son of William James Scott and of Frances Isabella Sinclair (Thomson) Scott of Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 1 January 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Liddesdale War Memorial in Newcastleton, Roxburghshire.
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