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    1387616 Sergeant James Thomas SWIFT, Observer, from Castleford, Yorkshire was killed in a training exercise on Friday, 10 December 1942, age 21. Could someone provide me with further details of this incident please?

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    His and the following names all registerd in North Bucks district during that quarter of 1942:
    I imagine I have two crews listed here, their names are spread over three pages of the register.

    Deaths Dec 1942
    (Pilot) Darch Frank E 21 North Bucks 3a 1520
    (A/G) Kent Thomas D 33 North Bucks. 3a 1520
    (Obs) Swift James T 21 North Bucks. 3a 1520
    (W/O AG) Weston Robert B 21 North Bucks. 3a 1520
    (B/A) Arbutt Leslie A 19 North Bucks 3a 1521

    Died 11th Dec

    (Air Bomber) Breen Thomas D M 19 North Bucks 3a 1520 (Obs) Appi Stephen R 27 North Bucks 3a 1519
    (Nav) Barclay William B 20 North Bucks 3a 1519
    (W/Op) Bell Donald 22 North Bucks 3a 1519
    (Pilot) Jones Edwin C 23 North Bucks 3a 1519
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    He was in Wellington IC, DV916 of No 11 OTU

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Dennis & Malcolm,

    Could this be a collision of two aircraft?

    Norman

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    Hi Norman

    No, Breen etc, were killed in Wellington IC, X9622 which stalled and dived into the ground in the circuit at Little Horwood at the end of a night cross country flight, whilst DV916 crashed about six miles from Westcott whilst trying to find the airfield in poor weather conditions.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm, Do you know the precise crash location of DV916? and was it night or day?

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    Norman

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    Hi Norman

    DV916 crashed about six miles from Westcott whilst trying to find the airfield in poor weather conditions

    Malcolm

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    [Norman

    I have the location as East Claydon, Winslow, and it was at night.

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    DaveW

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    Thank you Dave

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