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 Vengeance EZ898



c/n:30946 Mk.1A Missing during training flight Nov 13 1943 More information in: Joe Baugher's USAAF Military Serials

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  13 Nov 43 Aircraft Name  Vengeance IA Serial Number  EZ898
Unit  45 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Kumbhirgram Country  Burma
Aircrew details Flt Lt J H Stevenson
F Sgt Sydney SIDDLE*(996543)
Details Hit by enemy flak during an attack. Both crew members initially reported safe, but it appears that Gunner Siddle was killed. [Chris Shores]: Four Vengeances of 45 Sqn and three of 110 Sqn attacked Kalemyo airfield, but as they returned, it was noted that the lead aircraft of the former unit, flown by F/Lt J H Stevenson, was not with them. He had been shot down by AA fire, and was reported killed. However, he and his navigator/air gunner, Sgt S. Siddle, both survived, returning to the Sqn later. [W/C Jeff Jefford : The Flying Camels (p.505):] Vengeance IA "S"; lost following an attack on Kalemyo 13/11/1943; Flt Lt Stevenson RCAF baled out; and Sgt S.Siddle killed. Annex M. Officers and aircrew of No.45 Sqn, 1916-76 : J.H.Stevenson Flt Lt RCAF - Pilot - 8/7/43 - 13/11/43 Wounded. S.Siddle Sgt - WAG - 19/7/43 - 13/11/43 KIA. : On p.257, " Only one parachute was seen and it appeared that Sgt Siddle had escaped; Flt Lt Stevenson was posted missing." [ORB] Stevenson originally believed to be killed returned to unit about ten days later. It was realised at that time that Siddle probably perished. [ORB] November 13th - 1514 - F/Lt J. H. Stevenson (Pilot) with Sgt. Siddle (WO/AG) led a formation of seven Vengeances to attack KALEMYO. This formation comprised 4 aircraft from this Squadron and three from No. 110 Squadron and the attack wa successful. Aircraft EZ898 which led the attack is however missing and the pilot F/Lt. J. H. Stevenson is presumed missing believed Killed. The WO/AG, Sgt. S. Siddle was seen to bale out successfully. November 21st - At approx. 1700 hours a 'phone message was received from No. 170 Wing announcing the glad news that F/Lt. J. H. Stevenson had walked into an advanced Army post at Point RP.1413 (North of Tiddim) and that he was expected that day at Imphal. News of what happened tp Sgt. S. Siddle (F/Lt. Stevenson's Gunner) was eagerly awaited from F/Lt. Stevenson.

November 23rd - F/Lt. Stevenson returned to the Squadron and received a great welcome from all...he threw light on the happenings concerning Sgt. S. Siddle and explained the circumstances under which the rest of the formation gained the impression that it was Sgt. Siddle who had baled out. It seems that Sgt. Siddle did prepare to go overboard and turned his seat and stood up. This of course was seen by the other crews in the formation, but afterwards according to F/Lt. Stevenson, and for some unaccountable reason, Sgt. Siddle settled back down into the aircraft. At this time the pilot regained the stick and endeavoured to continue flight but height was being lost rapidly and a stage was soon reached at which nothing further could be done by the pilot and he then baled out. There was joy at having F/Lt. Stevenson with the Squadron again, but grief in that Sgt. Siddle who had been regarded as being the member of the crew successfully to bale out had to be regarded as 'Missing believed Killed.'

Source ORB

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Aircraft Losses in SEAC - 4th Update - Vultee Vengeances and Curtiss MohawkJagan For Vengeance EZ898, 45 Sqn, November 13th 1943 you have: [I]Flt Lt J H Stevenson F Sgt Sydney SIDDLE* (996543) Hit by enemy flak during an attack. Ac Crashed and pilot killed, but Gunner survived and rejoined squadron later on. [/I] However, I see that Shores' Air War For Burma, Volume 3, page 112, has the following: [I]Saturday, November 13th 1943: [/I] [I]Four Vengeances of 45 Sqn and three of 110 Sqn attacked Kalemyo airfield, but as they returned, it was noted that the lead aircraft of the former unit, flown by F/Lt J H Stevenson, was not with them. He had been shot down by AA fire, and was reported killed. However, he and his navigator/air gunner, Sgt S. Siddle, both survived, returning to the Sqn later. [/I] The CWGC website has an entry for Siddle on that date: [url]https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1816165/siddle,-sydney/[/url] Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 16th March 2018 08:48:17
Aircraft Losses in SEAC - 4th Update - Vultee Vengeances and Curtiss MohawkHello, W/C Jeff Jefford in his Book, The Flying Camels (p.505): Vengeance IA EZ898 - 8/43; "S"; lost following an attack on Kalemyo 13/11/1943; Flt Lt Stevenson RCAF baled out; and Sgt S.Siddle killed. Annex M. Officers and aircrew of No.45 Sqn, 1916-76 J.H.Stevenson Flt Lt RCAF - Pilot - 8/7/43 - 13/11/43 Wounded. S.Siddle Sgt - WAG - 19/7/43 - 13/11/43 KIA. Must admit Jefford does state on p.257, " Only one parachute was seen and it appeared that Sgt Siddle had escaped; Flt Lt Stevenson was posted missing." Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 16th March 2018 10:35:20
Aircraft Losses in SEAC - 4th Update - Vultee Vengeances and Curtiss MohawkAdded Curtiss Mohawk Losses ~60 [URL]http://www.rafcommands.com/database/losses/listing.php?cur=0&qyear=&qt=TY&qunit=&qacid=301&srnum=&qord=[/URL] The sources for these: Air Britain :24 Gerry Beauchamp : 1 NA/ Official ORBs : 33 Phil Listemann : 2 Also refreshed the additional details provided for the Vengeance losses from Col and Simon. Regarding Stevenson / Siddle in the EZ898 Vengeance Loss. The ORB does state the same - that they beleved STevenson was killed and Siddle baled out. The ORB (I dont have the files yet) apparently records that Stevenson found his way back to the unit by end of the month and no trace of Siddle. It also appears that this was the first bale out from a Vengeance? ....Read More.Jagan on 17th March 2018 01:40:40
Aircraft Losses in SEAC - 4th Update - Vultee Vengeances and Curtiss MohawkJagan, and Col With regards to Stevenson and Siddle, the following are excerpts from the 45 Sqn ORB, November 1943, Form 540, which explain everything: [I]November 13th - 1514 - F/Lt J. H. Stevenson (Pilot) with Sgt. Siddle (WO/AG) led a formation of seven Vengeances to attack KALEMYO. This formation comprised 4 aircraft from this Squadron and three from No. 110 Squadron and the attack wa successful. Aircraft EZ898 which led the attack is however missing and the pilot F/Lt. J. H. Stevenson is presumed missing believed Killed. The WO/AG, Sgt. S. Siddle was seen to bale out successfully. November 21st - At approx. 1700 hours a 'phone message was received from No. 170 Wing announcing the glad news that F/Lt. J. H. Stevenson had walked into an advanced Army post at Point RP.1413 (North of Tiddim) and that he was expected that day at Imphal. News of what happened tp Sgt. S. Siddle (F/Lt. Stevenson's Gunner) was eagerly awaited from F/Lt. Stevenson. November 23rd - F/Lt. Stevenson returned to the Squadron and received a great welcome from all...he threw light on the happenings concerning Sgt. S. Siddle and explained the circumstances under which the rest of the formation gained the impression that it was Sgt. Siddle who had baled out. It seems that Sgt. Siddle did prepare to go overboard and turned his seat and stood up. This of course was seen by the other crews in the formation, but afterwards according to F/Lt. Stevenson, and for some unaccountable reason, Sgt. Siddle settled back down into the aircraft. At this time the pilot regained the stick and endeavoured to continue flight but height was being lost rapidly and a stage was soon reached at which nothing further could be done by the pilot and he then baled out. There was joy at having F/Lt. Stevenson with the Squadron again, but grief in that Sgt. Siddle who had been regarded as being the member of the crew successfully to bale out had to be regarded as 'Missing believed Killed.' [/I] Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 19th March 2018 07:26:18


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