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    Default Flt Sgt Kenneth John Seeley 1270400

    Can anyone provide detail of the loss of Flt Sgt Seeley with 211 Sqn in Burma on 22 Jan 44?

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    Hello,

    22-1-1944
    No.211 Sqn
    Beaufighter T.F.X LZ130 "S"

    Last seen S of Mandalay. Thought to have hit a hill following a blind valley.

    1270400 F/Sgt (Pilot) Kenneth John SEELEY RAFVR +
    1322044 Sgt (Nav./W) Philip George SHORT RAFVR +

    Both buried Ranchi War Cemetery.

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~clardo/bristol_beaufighter.html

    Friday-Tuesday, 21-25 January 1944.

    Next day (22-1-44), 211 Squadron lost one of four Beaufighters during a sortie to attack a bridge at Meza in the Pinwe area; AA fire was deemed the likely cause on this occasion as aircraft LZ130 'S' crashed seven miles north of Lake Indawgyi, F/Sgt K. I. Seeley [sic] and Sgt P. G. Short being killed.

    See:
    Air War For Burma.
    Shores,Christopher.
    London:Grub Street,2005..
    p.153

    Col.
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    Thank you Col, just what I was hoping for.

    Yours

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    Hi Col,

    Could you please tell me where the extract regarding the crash site being 7 miles north of lake Indawgyi was found?

    Thanks, Pete

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    Pete, Welcome.

    The quote came from Air War For Burma (p.153), as mentioned in post #2.

    Col.
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    Thank you so much Col.

    It's frustrating that in the operations record book, the other 3 crews report seeing the crash location, but it's not noted there. I've been assuming that the locations they attacked, are listed in chronological order in the record, but maybe they're not, as this doesn't really make sense. Think I'll get a copy of the book as I'm sure it will be an interesting read.

    Thanks again, Pete

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    Hi

    I have been sent the following reply for posting

    "See, preferably, the 211 Squadron OPREP Serial 33, Sortie Report 13, folio 32 dated 22 Jan 44, of AIR 27/1305 (available digitally at TNA, 55 images in all).

    This OPREP document image is reasonably legible and gives details of the loss of Seeley and Short on 22 Jan 44 as originally reported by S/Ldr Muller Rowland and the two other surviving crews, in reasonable agreement as to location and in considerably more detail than the briefer entries of the Operations Record Book Form 540 and Form 541 that day (AIR 27 /1303).

    The date order of Reports in 27/1305 is somewhat muddled."

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm,

    Thats fantastic, exactly what I had hoped existed somewhere. Please thank the source of this information as well.

    Regards, Pete

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    HI Pete

    I will do

    Malcolm

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    The location given in Air War For Burma is incorrectly quoted. It's actually 6-7 miles north of lake Indaw (4 miles west of Pinwe), not lake Indawgyi.
    Regards, Pete

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