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    Default Marauder FK122, No.14 Squadron, 23 November 1942

    RCAF casualty dats shows this aircraft being lost in flying accident, 23 November 1942. Canadians killed were P/O W.R. Bower (pilot) and WO2 D.L Rawson (co-pilot). Brief notes today taken from Bower file transcribed below for anyone interested:

    BOWER, William Richardson - American born but raised in Manitoba. Farmer. Born 7-3-11. Enlisted Winnipeg, 4-3-41. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.18 EFTS and No.15 SFTS (Clarseholm). Wings and commission, 7-11-41. TOS 3 PRC, 9-12-41. To 3 (P) AFU, 7-2-42; to 13 OTU, 31-3-42; to Middle East, 18 June 1942 - to No.14 Sqn, 16 September 1942. Also killed in crash of 23-11-42 were 118717 P/O P.McL. Willis (observer), 914350 Sgt H..G. Williams (AG), 987398 Sgt E. Cookson (AG). Practicing low level bombing at Shallufa range. "This was an unavoidable accident, caused through a structural failure on the rudder. The pilot was carrying out a normal low level bombing practice on Shallufa range and was not flying in a dangerous manner. A technical investigation is being carried out by HQ ME on the tail unit of this aircraft."

    Any further details would be welcomed. Was this form of structural faiure endemic to Marauders ?

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    He might answer himself, but Phil Listemann in his Allied Wings series publication, Martin Marauder Mk 1, states in relation to this accident, that

    "At the time this weakness was one of the Marauder's main problems however this was solved a few months later."

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    From 14 Sqn ORB, form 540 (AIR 27/194):

    24.11.1942
    "There was a sad and much regretted accident at Shallufa Bombing Range this morning. When approaching the Range, part of the tail unit of Marauder was seen to break away causing this aircraft to crash. P/O Bower and crew of 4 were instantly killed. This is the first accident to occur during the Squadron's training on Marauders. All aircraft grounded pending inspection of aircraft tail units."

    25.11.1942
    "Funeral at Suez Military Cemetary of P/O Bower, P/O Willis (P.McK.) F/Sgt. Rawson, Sgt Cookson, Sgt. Williams, at 15.00 hours."

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    Gents,

    In November (1942), a tragic accident occurred during low-level bombing practice at Abu Sueir: Pilot Officer Dickie Bower from Winnipeg in Canada had recently been given his own crew. His navigator was an Englishman called Hepworth, affectionately known as 'Pop', one of the oldest men flying with the Squadron, was on leave in Cairo, Bower decided to get in some bombing practice and borrowed Donovan's navigator, Willis, to take his place. On one bombing run, an aircraft flying nearby saw the Marauder's tail fin snap off and the aircraft (Marauder I FK122/P) crash. The whole crew were killed.

    An Inquiry reported in due course and as a result all the Marauders were grounded to have the tail fins strengthened. (The Glenn Martin Aircraft Corporation in the USA flew technicians to Egypt, who completed the necessary modifications to all the aircraft in a few days). Unfortunately this was not done until after two more aircraft had been lost with the loss of 21 lives. Among these,Squadron Leader Peter Goode, a Flight Commander, (Marauder FK154/K) crashed in the Bay of Algiers during the move from Egypt to North Africa. With him in the aircraft was Flying Officer Sieward [sic], the Squadron Intelligence Officer, who had with him the Squadron Records.

    See:
    Winged Promises:A History of No.14 Squadron, RAF 1915-1945.
    Orange,Vincent, et al.
    Fairford:RAF Benevolent Fund Enterprises,1966.
    p.180.

    Col.
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