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    Hi ,
    It seems that Stirling PW-422 from No 570 Sqdn crasht or crashlanded near Sint-Stevens-Woluwe in Belgium on november 14th 1945. Who was the crew and what happened with them ?

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    From Cummings' The Price of Peace

    PW422 Stirling V 570 Squadron 1 mile south of Brussels Evere (5 kiled + 3 civ)

    "The aircraft was dropping newspapers following a flight from the UK. It descended to low level in poor visibility and whilst running up to drop the bundles, it struck a telegraph pole and crashed into a house where it was destroyed by fire. Three Belgian civilians were killed in the house

    W/O Tom Hall (Pilot
    F/Sgt Ronald George James Fair (Engineer)
    F/Sgt Frederick Thomas Martin (WOp)
    F/Sgt Reginald Clifford Meavers (Air Bomber)
    W/O William Robert Walker (Nav)"

    The three civilian names are not given.

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    Thanks Amrit

    Alain

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    Was it standard practice that planes dropped newspapers on airfields in post war Europe?

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Hello,

    According to the annexe of a book now out of print from several years (that I'm reasearching), PW422 not only dropped newspapers but also mails.
    It was a mail drop (also known as mail flight) surely made like the technical which was employed during WWII to drop supplies to SOE, SAS and resistance movements in occupied Europe.

    As the war ended, the 570 Squadron flew troops to Norway to disarm the German forces there (Operation 'Doomsday') and in September 1945 began mail flights to India and the Middle East and in October to Europe.
    Regards.

    Bruno LECAPLAIN
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    Bruno LECAPLAIN
    Raf WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited <www.raf38group.org>
    Stirling Aircraft Society <stirlingaircraftsoc.raf38group.org>

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    Hi,

    At the opposite I remember having seen one time a photo of a Douglas Dakota making trials at very low altitude to take with a hook the mail from the ground without having to land.
    But this time I don't think that this idea was really made operational.
    Regards.

    Bruno
    Bruno LECAPLAIN
    Raf WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited <www.raf38group.org>
    Stirling Aircraft Society <stirlingaircraftsoc.raf38group.org>

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