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    Default Avro Anson Mk.I K8831 8th August 1938

    Can anyone provide any details regarding the loss of this aircraft.
    I work with a relative of AC1 Leslie Freeman who was lost on this flight.

    233Sqn
    RAF Thornaby
    Crew:
    Sgt. Cecil Joseph Le Patrick Gordon (Pilot)
    AC2 Thomas Charles Andrews
    AC1 Mellville George Brand
    AC1 Leslie Freeman

    A/C crashed into the Humber Estuary, all four crew killed.

    Any further details eg ORB entires, service numbers, memorials etc.

    Kind regards

    Chris Davies

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    Can't help with details Chris, but the accident was reported in The Times on 10 August 1938.

    The Anson was flying from Thornaby to Gosport in company with another Anson, and was last reprted over the Humber at 4 om. The second aeroplane landed on the coast at Barmston, four miles south of Bridlington at 6 pm owing to fog.

    Four fishing boats returning to Bridlington all reported hearing a low flying aeroplane with its engine misfiring, followed by a loud splash and an explosion.

    Would you like a copy of the item?

    Brian

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    Hi Brian,
    A little more info each time helps.
    I would be delighted for a copy.

    I have sent you a PM.

    kind regards

    Chris Davies

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    AC1 Leslie Freeman was my great uncle, my grandfather's younger brother. I have been told about what happened to him all my life, and found this forum by googling his name. I did find this link too about the crash:

    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=2092

    I'm wondering if I'd be able to find his service record anywhere? Does anyone here know how I could get it? It may have a bit more about him, what position he held etc. My great aunt Elsie (his sister) who is still alive at 83 told me he was the radio operator and was also trained as a gunner, but I'm not sure if this is correct, especially not in an Anson (which I believe was mainly used for transport at that stage or reconnaissance?), unless he would just be trained to use the gun in any case as general training or used on board if necessary. He hadn't been in the RAF long when this accident happened, I think just a year or two.

    My aunt Elsie told me all they found after the crash was a foot or leg of one of the men, not sure which.
    They also found a boot, which they knew belonged to Les.
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    Welcome to the board Liz

    to obtain the service record,
    For service record

    Google search for: raf service record
    which gives you the official UK veterans procedure.

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/community/supp...icerecords.cfm

    I'm not posting the contact details here as they may change in the future and the info then becomes redundant. I hope this helps and no need to 'Reply With Quote' if your replying, I'll know what message your referring to.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Liz,

    Go to https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-pers...sonnel-records which is the current website for obtaining service records. It covers Navy as well as RAF personnel; there is a separate link for the Army.

    Brian

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