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    Hello. I'm very new to this. I'm looking for information on a relative, Sgt Gerald Callow RAFVR, who was killed in a mid air collision over Prestwood in Buckinghamshire in August 1944. He was killed in a Wellington X, HF 517. I know most of the details but would like to have the aircraft code letters. Can anyone help or point me in the right direction. Many thanks. Martin

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    Dear Martin
    A good place to start is
    http://www.raf.mod.uk/ahb/contactus.cfm
    It can be a bit hit and miss with the information they give. I would suggest you write or e-mail them with as much info as you can give them. They will not tell you everything as there would have been multiple casualties but it is a good place to start.
    Happy hunting.
    James

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    Nothing of use was recorded in the 83 OTU ORB, just the serial numbers of both aircraft and the names or the crews minus the 1 survivor. The names weren't split by aircraft either.
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Thanks for the help. It looks like a visit to Kew is the order of the day

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    Was there an Australian or Canadian on either a/c?
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    Hello,

    No Australian/RAAF involvement, but take a look here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/98/a2222498.shtml

    also...

    http://www.airmuseum.ca/mag/70.pdf

    See:pp.13-19 of 32.

    NB. Penned by the late, great, Derek Sadler, a stalwart of this Forum, from the very early days.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 27th January 2013 at 02:25.

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    Martin,

    Following up on what Dennis and Col have offered:

    As one of these aircraft was piloted by J23545 F/O Elwood Smith of St Catherines, Ontario you may wish to apply for his service record from Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Unlike UK records there is no requirement you be a relative of any casualty and you will find plenty of information.

    You can obtain the salient parts of Smith's service file by going here and following instructions:

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/war-dead/001056-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=33017&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=2ni43rl legh1996ulkms46t432

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi guys
    The pilot for my uncles aircraft was a Norwegian (I believe). I have since found out there is a plaque dedicated to the crew in a garden centre in Prestwood.

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    Hi Martin,

    Dutch, by the looks of things:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36593372@N04/7525862514/

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Thanks Tom, I must be going senile. Yes, he was Dutch (can't think why I stated Norwegian). Thanks for your help.

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    Martin

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