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    Default Accident Portpatrick, Scotland, 27-7-1944

    C-47A serial 42-26406 of USAAF 441 TCG, enroute from France to Prestwick crashed in foggy weather against a clif S of Portpatrick, after take-off from RAF Filton. On board were 22 persons, 5 crew, 2 passengers, 3 medics, all other wounded personnel. Killed on board was LAC Samuel GILMOUR - 1374415, buried Kilwinning, Ayrshire. Was he the only RAF airman on board ?
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    Found also following info.....
    At 1600 hrs the aircraft struck a 426 ft cliff just 20 feet below the summit, on the Mull of Galloway near West Freugh, Wigtownshire. All 22 crew/passengers killed.

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    Hi Henk

    I can't find any other likely RAF casualties that day so he was probably the only one

    Malcolm

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    Hi Henk,

    First:

    Wrong serial number according other sources. Correct is 42-93038 (c/n 12905)

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    Please take a look at the website by The Scottish War Memorials Project. There you have the crew details.

    http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ptopic5829.html

    http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=9650

    Best regards

    Finn Buch
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    Thanks Finn. Info on serial came from my best friend Jan Hey. He was informed by Stan Bishop (both authors of the series "Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces NW Europe"). GILMOUR's name was on the load manifest. Crashtime was 16.15 hrs and unit 301 TCS. Will check oncemore.
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    Henk,
    Can confirm that LAC Gilmour was the only RAF chap onboard the C-47. Sounds like he was hitching a lift home as Kilwinning is only a short distance from Prestwick. Other losses in Scotland on that day were F/Sgt D. Shaw and F/O J.G Webb both RNZAF and were flying Beaufighter JL776 which crashed at Dirleton Ranges.
    The C-47 was one of a flight of three aircraft bringing Normandy wounded from the south of England to the USA via Prestwick. The other two aircraft just managed to clear the cliffs after seeing the crash. Four people were thrown clear, three killed instantly and one survived for an hour. Page three of "The Glasgow Herald" of the 29/7/44 carried the story of the crash and is available on Google news archive.

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    42-93038 confirmed by my friend Jan Hey; he unfortunately quoted the wrong serial from his files. Thanks all for comments.
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