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Thread: F/O John Glassford Demel (RAFVR 162322) + KIFA 09 October 1944 (Standerton?)

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    Default F/O John Glassford Demel (RAFVR 162322) + KIFA 09 October 1944 (Standerton?)

    Good morning to all members!
    I am looking for details about this airman, whose father was a DFC pilot in WW1.
    He was apparently killed in a flying accident on the 09 October 1944. I would like to know, if possible, with the help of members of this Forum, in which aircraft (serial number, etc..) and which SFTS, EFTS or OTU?
    Any details about the dismise of this airman is very welcomed.
    Thank you very much
    Adriano Baumgartner

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    Hello,

    9-10-1944
    No.25 Air School, SAAF
    Harvard III 7404

    Crashed near Kroonstad. Cat.3. Hit tree in low flying area.

    162322 F/O (Pilot) John Glassford DEMEL RAFVR +
    1607952 AC2 (Pilot U/T.) George Stewart HODGSON RAFVR +

    Both buried Standerton Cemetery, South Africa.

    See: 85 Years of South African Air Force 1920-2005./Brent. pp.185 & 434.

    See also:

    http://medalsofengland.com/medals.php?id=139&medalid=330

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 20th December 2012 at 10:12.

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    Colonel Bruggy,

    I do again thank you for your most valuable help. I indeed noticed the DFC and other medals from his father, which were sold without the consentment of the family, etc...

    Do you happen to know the cause of loss of this Harvard III? I mean...were they training spins, or just "doing low levels beat-ups"? Will try to buy the book you mentioned via internet. It seems really interesting reading indeed...

    Yours
    Adriano Baumgartner

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    Adriano, I think you can look at the Air School ORB on the UK National Archvies website:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13017-No.25-Air-School-SAAF
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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