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    Hi,

    I'm looking for information about the crash of the Oxford I BG605. This plane crashed near Cambridge after colliding with the US B-17 San Antonio Rose (42-3462) on 4-8-1943. I'm doing research on the San Antonio Rose and I'm trying to find out what happened that day.

    In earlier posts on this forum I already read that three crewmembers of the Oxford BG605 died that day:
    - ATC Cadet Kenneth J. Wiggin (age 16)
    - F/Sgt (pilot) V.G. Gowers (1332644)
    - Cpl P.R. Oliver (1300964)

    I've got many qustions:
    - what does 'ATC' mean?
    - where can I find the 'ATC magazine listing all thos who died in the war and the circumstances?' Can I find it on the internet?
    - What type of plane was the Oxford BG605?
    - How many crewmembers did the Oxford BG605 have? How many crewmembers died? Were there crewmembers able to bail out?
    - which crew was flying the San Antonio Rose?

    I hope you can provide me with some answers.

    Thanks!

    J

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    Hi J.,

    I suppose ATC was Air Training Corps

    Oxford BG605 was Airspeed Oxford MK.I serving with 288 Sq.

    Hope this helps a little.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    your information surely helps. I read on the internet the AS.10 Oxford MK.I has a normal crew of three. So I assume all of the crewmembers died and nobody bailed out. Thanks for your help!

    Can anybody tell me if this Oxford BG605 of the 288th sq was used for training?

    J.

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    Well it depends on flight type, I remember some case when during training there was aboard much more people 5-7 but it was in the early stage of war. For example when used for navigational training there were 1 pilot + 2 NAV trainees and should be also one WOP.
    As 288 Squadron was Army-Cooperation Unit it is hard to say what kind of flight it was. But from the composition of Crew - a pilot, a ground staff member member (possibly) and ATC Cadet I think it was not a standard training flight, it should be for example only air test or delivery flight also.
    I suggest you to check 288 Sq ORB in TNA Kew - there should be more info.

    Pavel
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