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    Default LAC Thomas Robin Wilson #576927 Died South Africa 07/09/1942 Aircraft ID Req

    LAC Thomas Robin Wilson #576927 Died South Africa 07/09/1942

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    Name: WILSON, THOMAS ROBIN
    Initials: T R
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 19
    Date of Death: 07/09/1942
    Service No: 576927
    Additional information: Son of George and Erica Wilson, of West Kensington, London, England.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Presbyterian Block F. Row B. Grave 23.
    Cemetery: KIMBERLEY (WEST END) CEMETERY

    Was an Air Mechanic who was stationed at 21 Air School Kimberley and was killed on 07/09/1942
    while crashing while attempting to take an aircraft into the air at this airfield. The aircraft burnt
    out

    Can anyone ID this aircraft ? maybe RAF or SAAF

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    Paul,

    Try Oxford 3473 of 21 Air School. The aircraft does not appear to have had an RAF serial but it could have been one of those aircraft where the RAF and SAAF serials were never linked properly

    1186349 LAC R Whiffen is also supposed to have been in the same aircraft. I don't know anything about Whiffen.

    Colin Cummings

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    Oxford 3473 for Wilson and Whiffen confirmed in Winston Brent's '75 Year of the SAAF'

    Malcolm

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    Not sure about Whiffen he is buried in Durban, and Wilson in Kimberly Miles apart!

    Also 21 Air School ORB only mentions Wilson, and even mention his funeral and dance held to raise funds for family

    Also the GPO has Whiffen's unit at Durban and Wilson as 21 AS

    Thanks for ID' of Oxford though!
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    Hi Paul

    I agree but Winston definitely places them both in the aircraft.

    Malcolm

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    In an overseas area, it would be unusal to bury personnel involved in the same accident/multiple loss separately, unless there was some religious or racial issues to be considered. If Whiffen had - say - been injured and died later in a hospital, that would explain things, however, see below.

    I agree with Paul that Whiffen is 'suspect' and I have just looked at the RAF Form 1180 and it records the single death of Wilson and no other person as being on board. The comments on the back make no mention of anybody else and they are 'in the singular'. I think we need to look elsewhere if trying to find a cause of death for Whiffen.

    Colin Cummings

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    Colin

    I'm convinced now that Winston is probably wrong.

    Cheers

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    I believe he was alone in the aircraft.

    Kimberley and Durban are a very along way apart with the Drakensburg Moutain Range which reaches up to 9000ft, in between, so there is just no way he could have got there the same day.

    The only way he could be buried in Durban is if he had relatives etc in Durban, as most (99%) SAAF killed within South Africa were transported for burial in their home town.

    There was a Major/large Military Hospital at Durban treating wounded from North Africa and from the passing troop ships as well as from the local Air Fields at Durban and area.
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