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    Default Typhoon accident, Aston Down, 25/03/1945

    Hi all,
    On the 25th March, 1945, W/O R. Thompson, /Typhoon MN236, 55 OTU/, crashed into the crew room of a dispersal hut whilst making an attempted forced landing on the airfield at Aston Down. The pilot was killed. Does anybody know how many other casualties were there as a result of the petrol tank explosion?
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    Hi Mojmir

    There appears to one other person registered in the same district as Thompson on that date, LAC Robert Henry Gunn, so perhaps he was the onlt other casualty

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    Hi Mojmir

    according the 'Wings over Gloucestershire' besides the pilot, two killed and fifteen injured.

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    There was a LACW Nan Menzies Roberts registered in Cirencester, so perhaps she died in hospital

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    Hi Gents,

    ORB states Pilot and two members of the ground crew killed, 18 admitted to RAF Hospital, Innsworth, 8 on the Dangerously ill list.

    Later on in ORB in WAAF section of narrative

    ...killing LACW Robrets and seriously injuring 2111620 LACW Nicholson who was very badly burned, also 21117477 ACW1 Verth. Both admitted to RAF Hospital Innswoth immediately.

    27/03/45
    WAAF injuried in aircraft accident flown by Dakota to Cosford Hospital.

    6/4/45
    2214447 AC/1 Wightman J (FMA) died at Cosford Hospital making the forth casualty.

    7/4/45
    news received that another one of the people at Cosford has died as a result of her injuries - 2111620 LACW Nicholson (I/rep) bringing our death roll to date to five. There still remain about 17 seriously injured in hospital.

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    Thank you very much for all the answers.
    I found one of those seriously injured – an Australian, Johnny Hill.
    His experience is mentioned in the book “The Reconstruction of Warriors: Archibald McIndoe, the Royal Air Force and the Guinea Pig Club“ by E.R. Mayhew. The full article was published in The Guinea Pig magazine in July 1952: “How I became a Guinea Pig“.
    His photo is in www.blondmcindoe.com/photos-and-videos.shtm , photo No. 134.
    Nothing more...
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