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1869070, Sergeant James Dudley Topple, Age 19
37 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 24 February 1944

Sergeant 1869070, 37 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24/02/1944. Age 19.


Born in Felixstowe in 1924, only child of Horace Sidney Topple and Dorothy Mary Topple of Felixstowe.


Following a large number of bombing operations in Northern Europe, in November 1940, 37 Squadron moved to the Middle East to support allied operations in that region for the remainder of the war.

Sergeant Topple was air gunner on Wellington LN 641 of 37 Squadron RAF which took off from Tortorella Landing Ground at 1821 hours on 24 February 1944 to carry out operations against the Steyr Aircraft Works in Southern Austria. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. All five crew were missing. Post war investigations revealed that a single aircraft had bombed the Aircraft Works on 24 February 1944, and LN 641 was apparently returning from the mission when it crashed. Extensive searches in the area and north west Yugoslavia, failed to find any trace of the missing aircraft or crew, and they were recorded as having no known grave. They are commemorated on the Malta Memorial.


Nephew of Frederick Isaac Topple died WW1.

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Malta Memorial


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Wellington Bomber

889782, Gunner Stanley George Topple, Age 24
4 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Died 22 December 1942

Gunner 889782, 4 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Died 22/12/1942. Age 24.


Born in Walton in 1918, the seventh of nine children of William Arthur Topple and Millie Ellen nee Hawes. In 1939 his parents were living at 170 Grange Road, Felixstowe with William working as a dock labourer.

Buried at Caserta War Cemetery.


Nephew of Frederick Isaac Topple died WW1.

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Royal Artillery

Caserta War Cemetery

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