The first seven days of peace

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  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    ll-May 1945

    Tiger Moth II T5982
    7 EFTS
    Elmdon

    This aircraft and T6910 were carrying out formation flying practice at a height of between 800 and 1200 feet. It seems possible that the pupil pilot of this aircraft was concerned about the proximity of another aircraft on his starboard side and so banked to port and in doing so collided with T6910.

    Flight Sergeant Roger Mallam ROBSON 21
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    Tiger Moth II T6910
    7 EFTS
    Elmdon

    Mid air collision with T5982 as summarised above.

    Sergeant John Henry STRUDWICK
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    Corporal Henry Stuart FARNDALE 28
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  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12-May 1945

    Mustang I AP219
    26 Sqn
    RAF Harrowbeer

    The aircraft was landing with drift because of a crosswind, when it passed through the slipstream of the aircraft ahead. The pilot opened up to overshoot but then decided to land and touched down on the grass. The brakes proved ineffective on the wet ground and the aircraft collided with a dispersal bay and struck an airman who received fatal injuries.

    Leading Aircraftman Arthur MASTIN 39
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  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12-May 1945

    Tempest V EJ588
    3 Sqn
    North of Rotenburg

    This aircraft was part of a formation taking part in a flypast at Bremerhaven. The pilot lost his position in the formation and then attempted to catch up and return to his place in the formation. Whilst doing so he collided with SN166, lost control and attempted to bail out but at too low a level for the parachute to deploy.


    Flight Lieutenant William Roy ROBERTSON
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    Tempest V SN166
    3 Sqn
    Rotenburg
    This aircraft was struck from below and behind by EJ588 and it was badly damaged, diving into the ground and being destroyed by fire.


    Sergeant Wilson CAMPBELL
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  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12-May 1945

    Tempest V EJ685
    56 OTU
    Ford Northumberland 1
    This aircraft was struck by NV759 whilst in formation flying practice. The tail unit was severed and the pilot bailed out successfully but died of shock later.

    Flying Officer Frederick Wallace MOSSING DFC RCAF
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    Tempest V NV759
    56 OTU
    Doddington Northumberland 1
    The pilot, who had the minimum number of flying hours on type for formation flying, lost position in the formation and then misjudged the rejoin, colliding with EJ685 whilst skidding laterally. The pilot attempted to force land the damaged aircraft but turned away to avoid a farmhouse and stalled the aircraft at low altitude.


    Flight Sergeant Cyril Whitworth POWELL 29
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  5. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12-May 1945

    Vengeance IV FD277
    12 FU
    Ajaccio Corsica
    1
    The pilot reported engine problems and these later proved to be caused by the No: 2 cylinder piston and connecting rod breaking up. The pilot bailed out but did not survive.

    Flight Sergeant Basil Eustace BRANSON 21
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  6. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12 May 1945

    Kittyhawk IV FT930
    450 Sqn
    Cervia
    The aircraft was making a gliding approach to land but stalled off the final turn at about 300 feet and spun into the ground, catching fire on crashing.

    Flight Sergeant Ronald Henry SCHARF 21 RAAF
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  7. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12 May 1945

    Mustang IV KH644
    122 Sqn
    Cowsgrieve Aberdeen

    Despite the aircraft having an unserviceable radio, it was flown by this pilot on a general handling sortie. The aircraft was seen flying at 1000 feet when it entered a vertical dive from which it did not recover. The reason for the dive was never established.

    Flying Officer Robert Hardie CASBURN 24
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  8. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12 May 1945

    Spitfire F21 LA200
    91 Sqn
    Ludham

    Details of this accident are not recorded on an Accident Card.

    Flying Officer Geoffrey KAY 22
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  9. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    12 May 1945

    Wellington X LN653
    1 ACS
    North Sea

    The aircraft was being ferried from Pembrey to RAF Manby and the pilot took off with no WT aids, having failed to collect the appropriate radio crystals for the TR1196 wireless set. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft but at about the time it should have been arriving at Manby, the local weather conditions were poor with fog and sea mist. Eventually the body of the pilot was recovered from the sea about 10 miles north of Manby and it is assumed that the aircraft struck the sea whilst the pilot was descending in an attempt to establish visual contact with the ground.

    Flight Sergeant Victor Walter Frederick TOWNSEND
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    Section Officer Natalie Conwy REES-PRICE WAAF
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    Believed to be:

    Flight Sergeant Leslie Davy HORTON 22
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    Leading Aircraftman John Cecil FOWLER
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  10. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    13 May 1945

    Liberator VI KH202
    178 Sqn
    Lavarino

    The aircraft was taking off on a supply delivery sortie when, about two thirds down the runway, the nosewheel assembly failed because a drag link in the actuating gear fractured in three places due to the rough ground. The aircraft went out of control and crashed. Although 8 people on board survived the pilot died because he was not strapped in and was fatally injured when he was flung out. A fire broke out as the rescue was taking place

    Flight Sergeant Allan William KERNOHAN 22 Pilot
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  11. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    13-May 1945

    Mustang IVA KH763
    112 Sqn
    3 miles north-east of Forli

    The aircraft was flying at 3000 feet on a practice formation sortie when its engine failed. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and elected to force land but the aircraft flew into trees and a wire fence, then turned over and caught fire.

    Sergeant Peter Landless GREAVES 21
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  12. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    14 May 1945

    Harvard IIB FE614
    45 Sqn
    Monierkal Tea Estate

    The pilot was carrying out low flying over a tea plantation in contravention of his orders. Whilst flying inverted, the pilot lost control and the aircraft crashed. Although the engine caught fire in the crash, the blaze burnt itself out and did not spread to the rest of the aircraft.

    Flight Lieutenant Frederick Charles FORTUNE 25
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    Pilot Flight Lieutenant Gordon LAUDER 20 Navigator
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  13. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    14-May-45

    Mosquito XII HK185
    256 Sqn
    Forli

    This aircraft was one of three being transferred to 110MU. The formation flew across the airfield at a height of 250 feet but this aircraft descended and struck a 45 feet high steel pylon which severed the port tailplane and elevator. The aircraft climbed vertically for a short time, flicked over and dived vertically back to the ground. The pilot was judged to have been guilty of a gross breach of flying discipline and the formation leader was censured for poor leadership.

    Warrant Officer Maurice Osric GRAVER 22 Pilot
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    Flight Sergeant Lewis Wesley MAUNDER Navigator
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  14. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    14-May 1945

    Mosquito VI HR628
    84 Sqn
    20 miles west of Ranchi

    This aircraft was one of a formation of four Mosquitoes from 'A' Flight, led by Flight Lieutenant R H Davies, detailed to carry out a shallow dive bombing exercise on the Random Range near Ranchi. The aircraft entered a 25 degree dive at 8000 feet and at 5000 feet, the aircraft appeared to explode aft of the mainplane and then to crash. Subsequent investigation revealed that about 8 feet of starboard wing had broken off, then struck and fractured the tail unit. The two crew had no chance to abandon the aircraft and were killed.

    Flight Sergeant William NATTRASS 21 Pilot
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    Warrant Officer Stanley Hudson VETTERS 23 Navigator
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  15. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    14 May 1945

    Sunderland V NJ260
    209 Sqn
    20 miles south-west of Mombasa

    The aircraft was engaged in a night radar exercise and because of heavy rain and poor radio reception at base, the captain decided not to alight until the weather had improved. The 2nd pilot, who was an experienced captain and knew the area well, gave the 1st pilot incorrect information about the local topography including the high ground and the aircraft flew into a hill when the captain acted on the advice given.

    Flight Lieutenant John Charles Fraser GIBSON 22
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    2nd-Pilot Warrant Officer Percival Augustus Hugh STONE 23 3rd-Pilot
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    Flight Sergeant Royston Maxwell Highman WILLIAMS Air Gunner
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  16. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Just reading these and they are awfully tragic, especially the ones involving P.O.W.'s.
     
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks for posting all that, ya learn something new everyday.
     
  18. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    10 May 1945
    Major Fetter Kato JULIEBO34 Royal Norwegian Army Liaison Officer to Airborne Forces
    Details not found


    Name: JULIEBO, PETER KATO
    Initials: P K
    Nationality: Norwegian
    Rank: Soldier
    Regiment: Norwegian Army
    Age: 34
    Date of Death: 10/05/1945
    Casualty Type: Foreign National
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1 Row E Grave 11.
    Cemetery: OSLO WESTERN CIVIL CEMETERY
     
  19. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    ll-May 1945

    Wellington X LP404
    24 OTU
    Langham

    The aircraft, which was flying at 15000 feet and had been airborne for 1 hour 50 minutes, was on a night cross country from its base at Honeybourne when its starboard engine stopped because of an oil pump drive failure. The pilot diverted to RAF Langham for an emergency landing but then overshot his first approach and climbed away on the port engine but could not maintain height and attempted to force land downwind. Whilst doing so the aircraft struck a tree and crashed into some houses and the local YMCA Club, fortunately shortly after it had closed following a party. Although 5 members of the crew were injured, the rear gunner was killed when the tail unit came away in the crash.

    Flying Officer Glen James HAY 22 RCAF Air Gunner
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    Just like to add a bit more to this.
    [​IMG]
    This house was originally the YMCA club where Glen died. When it was converted from a barn to a house, around 1991.
    It was named Glen Hay Barn.
    In the Blue Bell pub opposite, His picture and story are promiently displayed.
    [​IMG]

    Story and pics of crash here under aircraft crashes.

    http://www.raflangham.co.uk/history.html
     
  20. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Geoff, thanks for the details.

    RCG, thanks for the great pics. Its good to see that Glen Hay is remembered.

    Regards
    Peter



    Regards
    Peter
     

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