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    This aircraft crashed into the River Severn on 12 March 1945. Can anyone tell me the fate of the pilot please?
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    Elliott, Hi
    This is very probably yr man:

    GILL, FRANCIS
    Rank: Sergeant Service No: 1685549
    Date of Death: 12/03/1945 Age: 21
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Panel Reference Panel 275. Memorial RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information: Son of James and Elizabeth Gill, of Ormskirk, Lancashire.

    55 OTU was at Aston Down - only 5 nm from the Severn. Large high pressure system centred over the English Channel. Depending on the time of the impact there is likely to have been poor vis, low stratus, etc.

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    there was a typhoon crash between Shirenewton and Chepstow during the war, the pilot was Canadian. So I believe he was undertaking rocket practice at barges off Chepstow and a rocket hung up sending him to his doom. The crater site is still visible.

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    Spot on Peter, Francis Gill was the unfortunate pilot, no other details to relate though.

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    The accident is recorded in The Typhoon and Tempest Story by Thomas and Shores.

    However, the book Wings Over Gloucestershire by John Rennison states that the aircraft crashed recovering from a rocket firing dive. That probably narrows the precise location a bit to the vicinity of the range.

    Colin Cummings

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