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    Default 212 Squadron personnel buried in Madras War Cemetery June 1944

    Hello all,

    I am researching news stories and references concerning personnel from RAF Korangi Creek’s Boost Magazine at the moment. In one issue I came across the tragic news that one of the editors of the magazine had died.

    It turns out that the individual concerned was Warrant Officer DAVID GEORGE FAIREY Service No:758108 belonged to 212 squadron,which flew Catalinas from Korangi Creek and elsewhere in India.

    Using Geoff’s CWGC search engine it soon became apparent that Fairey possibly died in an aircraft crash along with several other men from the same squadron.All of the men are buried in MADRAS WAR CEMETERY and died either on the 27th or 28th June 1944.


    Navigator /Bomber Warrant Officer DAVID GEORGE FAIREY Service No:758108 RAFVR

    Pilot Warrant Officer BRIAN JAMES ADAMS Service No: 1383475 RAFVR

    Pilot Warrant Officer JOHN BERNARD DUGGAN Service No: 1313494 RAFVR

    Flight Engineer Flight Sergeant GEORGE ALBERT HOLLOWAY Service No: 756417 RAF

    Flight Sergeant W.Op./Air Gunner RONALD ARTHUR NEALE Service No: 1208787 RAFVR

    Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr ROBERT WILLIAM SMART Service No: 1294239 RAFVR

    Sergeant W.Op.(Air) DONALD JOHN WRIGHT Service No:1335295 RAFVR
    Died 28/06/1944

    I assume these men collectively belonged to a Catalina crew which may have had an accident around the Red Hills Lake near Madras. Joe Baugher’s US Serials website doesn’t mention any likely crash from India involving a Catalina at this time
    Or perhaps something else occurred such as a transport aircraft crash or motor transport accident?
    Does someone know anything about these losses at all?

    Sadly I lack the magazine issue where the staff explained how Fairey had died

    Thanks

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    Hi

    He was killed whilst flying in Catalina IB, FP231 of No 212 Sqn, which crashed on take off near Madras on a convoy escort patrol.

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    You need to add the following name to the casualty list for Catalina IB FP231:

    C/92344 P/O (Flt. Eng.) Hedley Gilbert DIMOCK RCAF.

    Col.

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    Could add following to FP231:
    Hit trees and houses during take-off; crashed Banerji Road, Trombay, Calcutta. W/O ADAMS' wife (Elizabeth Josephine) hailed from Montréal, Province Québec, Canada. P/O DIMOCK initially buried Cochin British Cemetery. Sgt WRIGHT was injured and died 28-6-1944.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    I am now confused about the crash location of this Catalina, with three possibilities:
    _ near Madras, as implied by the original post.
    _ then Henk wrote crashed Banerji Road, Trombay, Calcutta, and that one of the casualties was first buried in Cochin cemetery.

    So now I wonder if the crash occured in Madras, Calcutta or Cochin, especially as there are Banerji Road both in Calcutta (now Kolkota) and Cochin (now called Kochi).

    To make things more complicated Trombay is a suburb of Mumbai (Bombay in 1944).

    Can someone help ?

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