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    Default 2112290 L.Acw. Dorothy Cowen

    The above WAAF died 6th September 1945 and is buried in St Phillip Churchyard, Blindbothel, Mosser, Cumb.
    The headstone quotes "Flying accident, Madley, Hereford". Grateful for any further details please.

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    Hello Tony

    Proctor NP402 of 4 Radio School crashed at Aconbury, Hereford, also killed Simmonds EH and Robinson J.

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    using Freebmd.org.uk you can find her death registration

    then noting th volumen and page number one find the following names on that page:
    Cowen Dorothy 20 Hereford 6a 567
    Derry Francis 75 Hereford 6a 567
    Hopkins Thomas 73 Hereford 6a 567
    Robinson John 21 Hereford 6a 567
    Simmonds Hunter E 22 Hereford 6a 567

    So taking out the two 70 year olds one finds using Geoff's CWGC saerch engine that two match RAF men died that day.
    006 ROBINSON J 1677707 - 06/09/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    008 SIMMONDS HE 180156 - 06/09/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    Search the pages before and after on the FreeBMD death index, gives no other relevant looking deaths.

    D Cowen is listed As KOAS in the Flight casualty lists from the RAF.

    F/O H E Simmonds 180156 (Pilot)
    Sgt J Robinson 1677707 (WOG/AG)

    <edit> A joy ride gone terribly wrong.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 18th July 2011 at 14:11. Reason: removed ref to aircraft type post Dave message above
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    Thanks Dave & Dennis
    My service experience was army so not fully conversant with aircraft but Dave's Proctor at 4 Radio School sounds like a training excercise particularly with WOp. Sergeant on board but Dorothy ??? If she was a WAAF Wireless Op. would she need aircraft flying experience?

    Dennis's Beaufighter sounds a bit more serious but, as I say, I am no expert.

    Thanks again chaps at least I know how and possibly why.

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    ignore my Beaufighter reference, I typed that after Dave posted his message, I'll infact edit it out. Get a copy of the crash card from hendon and it might enlighten you more for a cause of crash.

    I might imagine that she was up for a spin with the two crew and things went wrong.

    regards

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