267 Pegasus Squadron

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  1. Jagan

    Jagan Junior Member

    Pilot Officer D M WALKER (110563), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) [Royal Air Force WW2 Casualty ]


    Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Lodestar EW984
    Squadron Number: 267 Summary of Events: Y | The National Archives Page 93

    Aircraft Name: Lodestar II EW984 Date of Crash: 22 Oct 42 Unit 267 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Egypt
    Struck top of Officers Mess Tent , turned over, crashed and completely burnt out.

    Other Casualities in Lodestar II EW984

    Corporal Reginald BENSON (572958) Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Flight Lieutenant Ernest Francis Victor COPSEY (42334) Pilot Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Corporal Gerald Alexander GRANT (521986) Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Flying Officer Roy Anderson HARPER (400087) Lodestar EW984 [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Pilot Officer Corliss St. Leger HAWKES (128712) Pilot Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Warrant Officer Class II Vern Selby IRWIN (R/77313) Air Observe Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Sergeant George Rollinson MACBRYDE (1162806) Wireless Op Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Sergeant Arthur William MILLS (1189309) Wireless Op Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Flight Sergeant Brian Joseph O'CONNOR (404933) Observer Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Warrant Officer Class I Walter H. PLANT (R/68178) Air Observe Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Wing Commander John Patrick Stracey SMYTH (37430) Pilot Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Pilot Officer John Cecil Oliver TRENCH (118479) Pilot Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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    Pilot Officer David Maxwell WALKER (110563) Pilot Lodestar EW984 NA/PRO[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] 1942-10-22 267 Sqdn AIR27 Egypt Heliopolis War Cemetery
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  2. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Occasionally, when you go looking, you find material that is not always what you would hope to find...

    ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed Lodestar II EW984 Bilbeis RAF Station

    Sadly, it looks like whomsoever was in charge of the flight sealed their own fate... high-jinks...

    "The Lodestar took off from Bilbeis, Egypt, on a passenger flight to Lydda, Israel. Shortly after becoming airborne the pilot began to perform passes over Bilbeis Camp. He made a run at the Officers' Mess tent at a reported height of 8 feet. The left wing-tip of the Lodestar struck the tent and broke away causing the plane to roll inverted and crash, bursting into flames. All on board (3 crew and 10 passengers) lost their lives."

    There does seem to be a discrepancy over the construction number of this airframe as it appears to have ended up in New Zealand after WW2, which does not seem possible after this sort of incident...
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2020
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  3. FelixI

    FelixI New Member

    My grandfather was Vern Irwin. He was on that plane with twelve others who lost their lives. The Lodestar was piloted by the Wing Commander JPS Smyth who wanted to do a “training flight” with some of his pilots and observers. The accident is documented in an air incident report in my grandfather’s military file which I obtained more than three decades ago. I’ve been fascinated by this story for a long time and actually paid a visit to his gravesite in Cairo last November. I’ve uploaded a photo in which you can see your great uncle’s grave marker which is to the left and just behind my grandfather’s marker in the middle ground.
     

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  4. Maggie1066

    Maggie1066 Member

    Thank you for this information, it makes so we reading
     
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  6. Maggie1066

    Maggie1066 Member

    Thank you, the gravestones are so poignant. I would love to visit it sometime, hopefully when Covid is all over. Was it very difficult to get copies of the military records? I’m very new to all of this and am trying to piece together family history which isn’t always very easy
     

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