The Little Baldon tragedy 6th July 1965.

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by Peter Clare, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member Patron

    Forum member Little Friend posted the image of the plaque commemorating this tragic loss on 26/01/2013 on this link.http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/war-cemeteries-war-memorial-research/20368-ww2-war-memorials-%5Bnot-graves%5D-4.html#post561456 I thought I'd post the circumstances leading to the losses. Taken from - Category Five - Colin Cummings.


    6 July 1965

    Hastings CIA TG577
    36 Squadron

    Little Baldon near Abingdon.

    Fatigue failure of elevator hinge caused loss of control. The aircraft had been flown from RAF Colerne to RAF Abingdon for parachute training. It had completed several sorties that day and was about to drop another group of parachutists. After becoming airborne, the pilot reported control difficulties 'trim troubles' followed shortly afterward by a call about sloppy controls and requesting an emergency landing. Unfortunately the nearest runway was not available as a Beverley had been parked on it and so the aircraft was continued round the circuit after the pilot said he would make a wide circuit and long approach. Unfortunately, before it was possible to land the aircraft was seen to pitch up from 1200 feet to about 2000 feet, stall turn to port and dive straight into the ground at 1609 hours and all aboard were killed instantly on impact. The Hastings fleet was grounded for several months after the accident whilst repairs were carried out but it was a tragic loss of life.

    Fatalities

    Flight Lieutenant John AKIN 36 Pilot Captain
    Flying Officer Christopher John PAYNE 23 Co-Pilot
    Flight Lieutenant Herbert Roy SCOTT 35 Navigator
    Sergeant Graham George BLAKE 31 Air Signaller
    Flight Sergeant Michael David Charles BOYLES 28 Flight Engineer
    Master Air Quartermaster Peter Samuel John TIMMS 36 Air Quartermaster
    Flight Lieutenant William Peter RODEN 33 : Parachute Jumping Instructors
    Sergeant John HURRY 32
    Sergeant Peter CLIFTON 28
    Sergeant James Ian BORTHWICK 31
    Sergeant Philip Michael WAY 27 ..
    Sergeant John Joseph McGARTLAND 35
    Sergeant Anthony EVANS 29
    Sergeant Michael Charles PALMER 27
    Flight Sergeant Austin Ralph CASEY 38 511 Squadron : Air Quartermasters
    Flight Sergeant Joseph William ROBINSON 36 511 Squadron (recorded as Master AQM in some records)
    Sergeant Colin David HOLMES 28 Air Training Squadron RAF Lyneham
    Flight Lieutenant David George STEPHENS 29 :
    Students undergoing short parachuting
    courses
    Flight Lieutenant George Joseph TAYLOR 33 Pilot Officer Alan Frederick CANHAM 19 Pilot Officer Royston John LEGG 20
    Pilot Officer Thomas Issac ADAMS 19
    Pilot Officer Alan William Henry TURNER 20
    Corporal Dennis Joseph BAYLISS 24
    Corporal John Raymond SMITH 25
    Corporal Anthony Charles LEE 24
    Corporal Alexander Morris TELFER 23
    Junior Technician Paul Glynne WILLIAMS 20
    Senior Aircraftman Anthony John SYKES 18
    Leading Aircraftman Michael Raymond IRELAND 18
    Colour Sergeant Bernard Joseph HOUGHAM 36 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment : Regular & TA
    Colour Sergeant Thomas Peverley ALDERSON 40 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment
    Sergeant Harry ELLIS 33 17th Battalion The Parachute Regiment
    Private Duncan John STEWART 18 Airborne Forces Training Depot Aldershot
    Private William Geoffrey HILDITCH 21
    Private Colin BASSOM 18
    Private Terence Ralph BRETT 18
    Private Robin M ANDREWS 18
    Private Michael David WALKER 17
    Private Anthony Arthur BLACKMAN 17
    Gunner Thomas COOPER 17

    1965 Little Baldon Hastings accident - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    1965 Little Baldon Hastings accident
     

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  2. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member

    Hi Peter,

    Can I have your permission to cross post this incident report onto RockNet please ?

    See RockNet, the Headquarters of the RAF Regiment Network • Index page

    The reason is I noticed there are some airmen mentioned in the casualty list and No II Squadron RAF Regiment (our parachute squadron) were stationed at RAF Colerne during that period and these may be members.

    As well as RAF Regiment Gunners, II Squadron also had it's compliment of RAF Tradesmen who could qualify to Parachute after passing the necessary courses.


    Kind Regards, Mick D.
     
  3. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member Patron

    Hi Peter,

    Can I have your permission to cross post this incident report onto RockNet please ?

    See RockNet, the Headquarters of the RAF Regiment Network • Index page

    The reason is I noticed there are some airmen mentioned in the casualty list and No II Squadron RAF Regiment (our parachute squadron) were stationed at RAF Colerne during that period and these may be members.

    As well as RAF Regiment Gunners, II Squadron also had it's compliment of RAF Tradesmen who could qualify to Parachute after passing the necessary courses.


    Kind Regards, Mick D.

    No problem Mick, but please give the relevant credit to Colin Cummings and his publication 'Category Five'

    Regards
    Peter.
     
  5. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member

    Hi Peter,

    Quote

    "No problem Mick, but please give the relevant credit to Colin Cummings."

    Will do, many thanks.


    Kind Regards, Mick D.
     
  6. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    Little Friend Senior Member

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    Little Friend Senior Member

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    I took these December 2012. Little Baldon Church. This being roughly 7 miles south-westerly from Oxford.
     
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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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    Little Friend Senior Member

  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Merged threads.
    :)
     
  12. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    hi peter clare,27-01-2013,10:32am.re:the little baldon tragedy,6th,july 1965.a sad thread,great pictures by little friend,27-01-2013,06:24.may they rest in peace,bernard85
     
  13. jazon1987

    jazon1987 New Member

    My Grandfather was Corporal Dennis Joseph Bayliss. My mother would like to get in touch with his brothers, does anyone on here have any information on where I would even start?
     
  14. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome to the forum jazon1987,good luck with your research.
    Where in the country do you think they live? The more info you can give will help the guys on the forum
     
  15. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member Patron

    Whilst your post concerns Corporal Dennis Bayliss, you might find more help on the Family Tree side of things by posting on a specialised site such as RootsChat.
    A subscription to Ancestry might be worthwhile, but its free to access at most public libraries, so you can start your research into his family yourself if you feel confident enough!

    Gather together whatever family information you have, who his parents were, where they lived and his brothers/sisters names.
    Sometimes even a simple Google search with the Names alone can often find surprisingly good results.

    The latest Census easily available is 1911 so that may only be useful to trace his parents/grandparents but also uncles and aunts who may also have the info you want.

    Good luck!
     
  16. dianne1955

    dianne1955 New Member

    my cousin was Gunner Thomas Cooper who died in this tragedy aged just 17, i dont really remember him as i was 10 years old at the time
    the only information i can offer is he was succeeded by his Parents, Harry & Kathleen Cooper and 2 siblings Stephen & Sheila

    he is buried in dukinfield cemetery & crematorium in greater manchester

    i always wondered what had actually happened to cause the crash and had always been told that he was in the process of doing his last flight to gain his wings, sad but it has answered some questions i had

    Dianne
     
  17. jaynel650

    jaynel650 New Member

    Hello, my name is Laurie Hayward, Dennis Baylis and I were best friends from our school days and he was best man at my wedding. I met your Grandmother and your Mother shortly after his death. Unfortunately, we lost contact and I would like to communicate with her and members of your family. My email is xxxx if you would to get in touch.


    Moderator edit: email address removed from public view
     
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  18. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just like to say that a couple of members on this slightly old thread have been put in contact with each-other thanks to some behind the scenes emailing with me via the forum email account.
    I do like it when things like this happen through the forum.
    Makes it feel more worthwhile - the endless hours staring at my laptop. :)
     
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