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    Default Seeking info on John William Wigglesworth RAF KIA 31.7.45

    Evening All

    After some info on behalf of a contact re the above named individual who was KIA as detailed and is buried in India. His rank has not been passed to me - but he was RAFVR . . .

    They have a photo of this chap in uniform wearing a Navigators brevet. Whilst the family are aware of date of death and grave location from the CWGC site, they would like to know (if possible?) what aircraft he was in (if any?) and why was he still in India at that time as it was after VJ Day?

    A swift response would be gratefully received as I'm away in the "sun and sand" for 4 months tomorrow night!!

    Kind Regards

    Tony H

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    Tony
    Sorry, not much new. As the family has seen the CWGC site they would see he was a Flight Sergeant .
    Army OTS [officer training schools] were still functioning in 1946 in India-maybe airforce as well, after the end of the war in Europe?

    Anne
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    According to Cummings he was in Beaufighter X, LZ398 but I haven't access at the moment to state cause.

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    Hello,

    Pilot of Beaufighter T.F.X LZ398:

    1686463 Sgt (Pilot) Thomas William RAMSAY RAFVR.

    Col.

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    Hello,

    Could someone with access to the relevant AB Vol., please supply a service history/fate for Beaufighter T.F.X LZ398.

    Thanks,

    Col.

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    Col,
    LZ398: 301 FTU/47/GATU - Engine cut; wing hit ground during forced landing; cartwheeled, Jangipur, 31.7.45; DBF.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    I thank you for that!

    GATU = Ground Attack Training Unit, Ranchi.

    In November 1943 the Specialised Low Attack Instructors School (India) (SLAIS) formed at Ranchi to train units and their commanders in fighter-bombing techniques. In April 1945 it became the Ground Attack Training Unit (GATU), but the following month it was combined with the Air Firing Training Unit (AFTU) to form the Tactical & Weapons Development Unit at Amarda Road.

    See: Air War for Burma/Shores p.420.

    Col.
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    Re post 3, Cummings' says:

    'The starboard engine failed when the aircraft was low flying between 100 and 200 feet. The aircraft lost height and the pilot attempted a forced landing but the starboard wing struck the ground, causing the aircraft to cartwheel and catch fire on impact'.

    Colin Cummings

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