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    Default RAAF 451 Squadron - collision 14-1-1945 - ORB sought

    On 14-1-1945 two Spitfires of RAAF 451 Squadron collided over Ostend, Belgium. Flt Lt John Wallis in Spitfire SM333 was killed in the accident, P/O Newberry in Spitfire SM384 survived.

    The squadron was on its way for a fighter sweep in the Frankfurt area. I wonder if anyone can help me with what the ORB of 451 Squadron says of that mission and in particular if a fuel stop on an Allied airfield in Belgium was planned.

    Flt Lt John D. Wallis is buried at the Oostende New Communal Cemetery.

    Thanks for all assistance.

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Hi Leendert,

    Although it appears the ORB is not digitized at the NAA site, it is.

    On the second page of search results, look for:

    Unit history of number 451 Squadron - January 1941 to January 1946

    On page 578 of 615, it states

    "Over the Frankfurt area covering 100 Halifaxes bombing Saarbrucke.

    Fighters returned abortive owing to weather. 2 Spitfires crashed over Ostend

    and F/Lt JB Wallis was killed as a result thereto"

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Dave,

    Thanks for the info and pointing me to the Australian archives.

    Leendert

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    Hello Leendert ,

    This comes out the sqdn ORB page 635:

    Ramrod 1433 , take off 1100 hrs fighter sweep in the Frankfurt area , covering 100 Halifaxes bombing Saarbrücken.They returnesnobartive owing to weather and landed back at base at ?205 hrs. Two Spits Mk XVI not returned , one knwon to have crashed landed near Ostend.It is believed that these two a/c collided , the tail of one to break of./O Wallis not returned, P/O Newberry known to be in hospital in Ostend suffering from shock.

    Regards
    Alain12

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