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    Hi ,
    Can someone help me with some info on this man : P/O Wiens Russel Henry , died on may 20 1941 , 23 years old jaar , buried Jansen Cemetery Saskatchewan Canada ?

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    Canadian newspaper recorded:
    'Killed in flying accident : Wiens, Russell Henry, F.O., RAF42168, Jansen, Sask. (Killed near Listowel, Ont., May 21)
    Hamilton Spectator, 1941/05/28
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    I might suggest from Bill Walkers site:
    Harvard 2835
    http://www.ody.ca/~bwalker/RCAF_2800_2849_detailed.html
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    A better suggestion!

    21-5-1941
    No.31 ANS, Port Albert.
    Anson N9893

    Verey light caught fire in aircraft, crashed 5m N of Listowel, Ontario.

    42168 F/O Russell Henry WIENS RAF - Killed

    The crew of Wien's aircraft, believed to be Australians, baled out and survived.

    Like Alain, I would also like more information on this incident.

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    Always worth searching the archives Alain!!!

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2041-School-Air-Navigation-Port-Albert-Canada

    google for: wiens site:rafcommands.com
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    To avoid the wrath of the Mods, I am not actually showing you an entry from a book that I'm doing, it's just that my finger slipped on the 'save' button at the wrong time and hit the 'transmit' button instead.

    This info comes from the RAF Accident Card and my reading of TSGNO

    Colin Cummings


    21-May-41 N9593 Anson 31 ANS 2 miles north of Listowel 1
    The crew was flying a navigation exercise and whilst the aircraft was at 4000 feet, the pilot tried to fire a verey cartridge but it did not ignite. The pilot withdrew the pistol and examined the cartridge which fell on the floor and ignited. The crew’s attempts to extinguish the fire were unsuccessful and four RAAF men abandoned the aircraft safely. The pilot then attempted a forced landing in a small field but the aircraft crashed and he received fatal injuries. The book: “They Shall Grow Not Old” informs that Flying Officer Wiens had flown with 242 Sqn during the Battle of Britain and had been wounded.
    Flying Officer Russell Henry WIENS 22 RCAF

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    Gentleman ,

    Thank you very much for your replys.

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    Alain12

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    I believe the Anson involved was N9893.

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    Bill,

    Thanks for that info. I'll check the card (when I can find it beneath the pile!)

    Colin Cummings

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    To update Posts 8 & 9.

    Bill is right regarding the Anson serial number: it is N9893.

    No excuse but I do sometimes find that the photocopies of a microfilm of a card written 70 years ago, possibly by a not very good hand, can be difficult to read and some numbers and letters are easily mixed. I always try to confirm a 'dodgy card' and my first port of call is the Air Britain serials listing.

    Colin Cummings

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