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Flight Lieutenant Matthew WOOD (J/5540) of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Lost in aircraft Typhoon IB MN126  Ext Link

Death of Death 1944-08-18 .

Served in 137 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : XXIII. F. 7. at Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian, France


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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/1071Sergeant S M Wood, Sergeant G T Drew and Pilot Officer E A Wray: missing presumed dead; Blenheim R3815 failed to return from air operations over France, 10 July 1940.C14502683
AIR81/2225Sergeant J M Wood: injured; aircraft accident, Muckley Corner, Oxford R6246, 11 Service Flying Training School, 8 June 1940.C16471472
AIR81/4595Flight Lieutenant A T N Scoltock, Sergeant J H Tiedeman, Sergeant A M Wood, Sergeant E G Rimes: missing believed killed; aircraft lost at sea, Hampden X3063, 49 Squadron, 17 December 1940.C16688693
AIR81/8459Sergeant J Haney: killed; Pilot Officer W Burton, Sergeant K M Woodhead, Sergeant H E Johnson, Sergeant D C Marshall (RCAF), Pilot Officer J G Rogers (RCAF): missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight over Germany, Wellington W5416, 104 Squadron, 19 August 1941.C16924301
AIR81/8763Sergeant J N Gilby, Pilot Officer H L Lindo, Sergeant E D Walters, Sergeant R E P Grieve, Sergeant H R Butler: injured; aircraft accident near RAF Elsham Woods, Lincolnshire, Wellington X9813, 103 Squadron, 1 September 1941.C16924605

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 18 Aug 44 Aircraft Name Typhoon Ib Serial Number MN126
Unit 137 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country France
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Typhoon Ib MN126

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight LieutenantMatthew WOOD (J/5540) Pilot Typhoon IB MN126  Ext Link 1944-08-18137 Sqdn AIR27 FranceBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian

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Wellington VIII HX774Dear Col It looks like Mochrum Wood was a dangerous place. See Malcolm's thread on July 1942.... Hampden & Hereford Crash Log P2100 5(C)OTU 19/7/42 Flew into steep hill in good visibility at 10.45 hrs and burnt, Mockrum Wood, 2m SW of Maybole, Ayrshire. Local flying One killed, Cat E Best wishes James ....Read More.James Castle on 27th August 2010 12:45:42
Wellington VIII HX774[QUOTE=COL BRUGGY;52846]Hello Douglas, Buttimore, Greer, Johnstone and Lee were lost on the 7-8-1943 in No.1 TTU Hampden TB.I X3026, which flew into a high hill in low cloud and rain at Mochrum Wood, 2 miles west of Maybole. Col.[/QUOTE] Col / Henk Thanks for the information. Douglas ....Read More.Theletterwriter on 27th August 2010 05:06:31
New Zealand Airman.Hi, Steve, I missed your posting at the end of July and am very pleased that I just stumbled upon it. I have a wealth info for you on Eric, including a 2005 letter from him and a copy of his 10 or so page mini-memoir highlighting his RNZAF wartime career, complete with many photos. Well, my photocopy of a copy is hardly ideal, but I'll scan the pages for you. With luck you'll be able to get a better quality copy from Eric himself. He is still listed in the phone book at the same address where I wrote him in the early 1990s...will send you contact details in a few hours, when I get a chance. You have probably seen at least two of the three photos of him in the collection of the Australian War Memorial; ID Numbers SEA0243 and 0244 list him by name in the captions. Also, he is unnamed, wearing the hat (and a jacket, unlike in the other two photos), in 0242. 0243's AWM caption erroneously flips the identities of Lt. John Kerr and Eric's friend and fellow RNZAF pilot/prisoner F/Lt Cliff Emeny RNZAF (a Mossie pilot shot down in Burma, and a Defiant air gunner who survived considerable air combat with 264 Sqn during the Battle of Britain). Speaking of Cliff Emeny, Eric O. was the main speaker about 5 years ago at the New Zealand book launching of "The Three Wings, Cliff Emeny's Story" by Tom Woods -- which was based on Tom's extensive interviews with Cliff. It's an excellent book about a fascinating character, with much about Rangoon Jail, and it includes photos 0242 and 0243, with captions. (That's how I know Eric is in 0242...and he is also wearing the same hat and jacket in another photo in the book.) Cliff, Eric, and several other ex-Rangoon Jail POWs, including W/Cdr Lionel Hudson RAAF, volunteered to stay behind to organize the repairs on Mingaladon aerodrome (Rangoon's airfield). I have a copy of W/Cdr Hudson's report on this activity -- I bet I sent it to you at some point. The Emeny book provides even more detail. I will scan the materials this weekend and will then e-mail you. Cheers, Matt ....Read More.Matt Poole on 3rd September 2010 02:15:59
New Zealand Airman.[QUOTE=Matt Poole;53188] "The Three Wings, Cliff Emeny's Story" by Tom Woods -- which was based on Tom's extensive interviews with Cliff. It's an excellent book ... Matt[/QUOTE] Matt, Sadly, I have to disagree with you on this, I'm afraid. I sent in the following letter to the New Zealand monthly mag, 'Pacific Wings' in 2005. They declined to publish it for reasons that I shall not go into here, but my comments are still valid: Reviewer Janic Geelen in your August issue describes Tom Woods’ recently published biography of Cliff Emeny, The Three Wings, as ‘a magnificent job in telling it as it was’ and that it ‘excels in the little details about the people cliff met’, and endorses it unconditionally as being ‘highly recommended’. To the contrary, this work regrettably contains copious errors and promotes many old and long ago discredited myths, such as the claim that the RAF’s daytime Defiant operations on one occasion shot down 37 ‘enemy bombers [sic]’ without losing a plane’. Most of the photographs are poorly reproduced and some strangely captioned - e.g. Vilderbeeste 111 [sic], while Blenheims are described as Beauforts (ironically pictured on a Valentine’s ‘aircraft recognition’ card). Woods’ account appears to be little more than a verbatim record of interviews conducted when his subject was in his 80th year. As historians well know, reliance on such ancient though sincerely held memories is always fraught with danger, especially when an author fails to carry out elementary research and cross checking. Of particular concern to me, as compiler of volumes on casualties, is an entry on page 179 where Emeny tells of the death in a Mosquito training accident of ‘a young New Zealand pilot’ of 45 Squadron who ‘hadn’t been very well trained’. Albeit unnamed in the book, the man referred to is easily identified as Flight Lieutenant John Harper Reeves of Hororata. Though ‘young’, Reeves was in fact only six weeks Emeny’s junior and prior to enlistment had been nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship. He was a very experienced pilot with over 1500hrs to his credit (including almost a year as flying instructor), some 160 being on the Mosquito, including a long ferry flight out from the UK to India. Emeny’s memory further played him false in stating Reeves came from Rakaia and that he crashed ‘on his first run’ (it was the second) and ‘into the target’ (he didn’t). There is a similar account earlier on regarding the accidental death of 45 Squadron’s CO, Wing Commander Stumm, also in a Mosquito; again the implication (and again the pilot unnamed) is that pilot error was solely to blame. No mention is made of the fact that Stumm’s aircraft was observed both from the air and on the ground to suffer catastrophic structural failure. The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Far East, no less, in his remarks upon the Court of Inquiry’s findings of pilot error regarding Reeves’ crash, was of the view that in light of more recent investigations ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 3rd September 2010 03:55:25
RNZAF Flt/Srgt S.R.Greer Turnberry Scotland 1943Ken/Alex, There were two Hampden crashes on Mochrum Wood/ Mochrum Hill, P2100 on 19/7/42 and X3026 on 7/8/43 which confuses the locations somewhat. Back in the mid eighties my friend and I found wreckage at two different locations with the aid of the farmer at Mochrum Farm. First location of wreckage was just below the summit around the track on the South face which consisted of small pieces dug out by rabbit burrows, part of a bomb sight and some melted parts. Second location was in the woods next to a cattle trough at a spring on the south side and consisted of engine cowls and small airframe parts possible left by the recovery crews. Without part numbers for a clue it would be impossible to say which aircraft belongs to the wreckage. The crash at Balig farm was Beaufighter X8263 of 488 sqn which hit the hillside not long after takeoff on 7/8/43 . The crew were two Sgt.'s from Newzealand, D.G Masters(Nav) and R.C O'Gara (Pilot) both are buried at Knighton Cemetery, Radnorshire. From my files we located the crash site with the aid of the farmer from Balig and found some small parts on the hill above the farm. Greer and Lee were on Hampden X3026. PM me with 'e'mail address if you would like a map. Alan. ....Read More.AL90 on 28th July 2011 07:14:04

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