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    Default William Mortimer Bridge, 1384583, died 28th December 1943

    I recently posted for CWG burials in Swinton Cemetery, Manchester which I have been researching.

    Now need help with several burials in Agecroft Cemetery, Salford, Manchester, will post seperate for each man.

    I am trying to establish the circumstances and place of death of each man.

    William Mortimer Bridge, 1384583, sergeant, wireless operator. Died 28th December 1943, age 30.
    Son of Frederick and Isabella of Salford.

    I have not been able to find any possible death registration, or any information as yet on the internet for this man.

    Many thanks.
    Regards Sue

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    He was onboard Wellington Mk.III X3805, of No.20 Operational Training Unit, which crashed into the Moray Firth off Lossiemouth.

    The other crew were (all killed)
    Pilot Officer - H.W. Boyd RAAF
    Flight Sergeant - J.E. Thomas RAAF
    Flight Sergeant - J.P. O'Donnell RAAF
    Sergeant - K. Dunkerley
    Sergeant - R. Summers

    (Source: Bomber Command Losses Vol.7 & No.20 OTU ORB)
    Last edited by alclark; 9th January 2011 at 23:39.
    Alan Clark

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    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Hi,
    Sgt W.M Bridge was killed when Wellington X3805 of 20 Operational Training Unit crashed at sea off Dallachy soon after take off from Milltown which is near Lossiemouth. Also killed were P/O H.W Boyd RAAF, Sgt. J.E. Thomas RAAF, Sgt. R. Summers RAF plus two others who were not recovered and are illegible on the accident report.
    Let me know if you would like a copy of the (poor quality) accident report.

    Regards,
    Alan.

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    Default William Mortimer Bridge

    Thanks for the replies, much appreciated.
    Alan, yes a copy of the accident report would be great.
    Regards Sue.
    Last edited by susantydd; 9th January 2011 at 23:47.

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    Hi,
    Sgt W.M Bridge (Wireles Op.) was killed when Wellington X3805 of 20 Operational Training Unit crashed at sea off Dallachy soon after take off from Milltown (which is near Lossiemouth) for an Operational Training flight. The aircraft crashed soon after take off at 1040hrs after the port and then starboard engines cut. Also killed were P/O H.W Boyd (Captain) RAAF, Sgt. J.E. Thomas (Nav/Bomb aimer) RAAF, Sgt. R. Summers RAF (Air Gunner), Flt.Sgt. J.P. O'Donell (Nav/Bomb aimer) RAAF, body not recovered, and Sgt. K.Dunkerley (Air Gunner) body not recovered.
    Let me know if you would like a copy (poor quality) of the accident report.
    Regards,
    Alan.

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    Susan,

    since there are three RAAF men on this aircraft you can cheaply enough order copies of their loss records from the Austalian national archives, google search

    Australian national archives recordsearch

    and search by each of their service numbers.

    Boyd's is already available scanned on their website. O'Donnell service record is scanned also.

    AL90, is this where you got your copy of the loss reports?
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Dennis,
    I got the loss reports from the Australian archives as the three Australians have been digitalised and have PM'd Susan the link to Sgt. Thomas's file. The image of the loss report is poor quality but still readable.

    Alan.

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