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Highest number of casualties in WWII aircraft crash

Highest number of casualties in WWII aircraft crash
Author: Jeff Carless (Guest)
Time Stamp:
17:00:18 28 July 2003
Post:
Does anyone know what the highest number of casualties sufferedin a WWII aircraft crash. Looking through Chorleys Bomber Command books, there seem to be a few cases of air tests and transition flights with several extra aboard. A Stirling with 11, a couple of Halifaxs with 15 and 17 casualties, but what is the worst incident though ?

The reason for this query is that we have recently been told of an incident involving a 75 Sqn Stirling with 32 on board that is supposed to have crashed whilst on an altitude proving test near Cambridge following an early return from ops to Milan. (The aircraft was said to be unable to gain sufficient height to clear the Alps)Fact, fiction or exageration ? I would suspect the latter but I can't find a loss to fit the circumstances even with a reduced death toll . The tale came from an ex-groundcrew fitter, but his other memories seem to check out though.

Thanks,

Jeff Carless


RE: Highest number of casualties in WWII aircraft crash
Author: Alan
Time Stamp:
17:27:07 28 July 2003
Post:
Jeff,

Have not heard about the Stirling but Chorley's (May 9th)1945, has 514sqdn Lancaster RF230, JI-B, with 24 ex pow's on board, plus 6 crewmen, all killed.


RE: Highest number of casualties in WWII aircraft crash
Author: John Larder (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:16:19 28 July 2003
Post:
Jeff

I have just checked "Forever Strong" the History of 75 Squadron by Norman Franks. The 2 losses they had on attacks on Milan were Wellingtons as the main part of the squadron was converting to Stirlings. Unusually Norman Franks lists not only operational losses but also crew brought home dead and accidental losses.


RE: Highest number of casualties in WWII aircraft crash
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:16:01 28 July 2003
Post:
Hello John,

Just a small point about the lists in 'Frank's' book; these loss lists were not compiled by him but by Kevin King and John Tyler. Credit where credit is due, I think.

Cheers,

Errol


RE: Highest number of casualties in WWII aircraft crash
Author: Thomas
Time Stamp:
00:09:46 01 August 2003
Post:
Hi,

On may 10th 1945 "Operation Doomsday" took place in Norway, and three Stirlings were lost. The one with most casualties was LK297 with 24 casualties. LK147 had 19 casualties, while LJ899 had 4 casualties.

Thomas


RE: Highest number of casualties in WWII aircraft crash
Author: Bruno LECAPLAIN (Guest)
Time Stamp:
08:49:16 01 August 2003
Post:
Operation 4Doomsday' was a difficult Operation for 38 Group because of the bad weather.

I don't know if we can precise it here but an also high number of casualties for RAF 38 Group was the lost on 24 May 1945 of 60 RAF Glider pilots in Operation 'Varsity' (The Rhine crossing) and I don't count the other 38 Group airmen who were lost this day !

All their names are published in the RAF 38 Group Roll of Honour (as lost airmen of 'Doomsday').

Link : www.raf38group.org/roh

Bruno LECAPLAIN