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    Default F/O Evan Elwyn Evans - 136934 - 88 Sqd - Died 23/4/44

    Hi everyone,

    Again, information required concerning the above airmen, normal request:-

    Where based;

    Aircraft flown;

    Serial No and Code;

    Possible crash site.

    This airmen is buried at Cardiff's Cathay's Cemetery.

    Regards.

    Steve.

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    The date on the CWGC is March not April.

    88 were flying Boston IIIA's, and the only crash I can find is BZ204. However, two sources give two different crash sites:

    http://daveg4otu.tripod.com/hancrash.txt says "on approach Blackbushe"

    http://www.warbird-central.com/american/bombers/A-20/A-20_serils.html says "Crashed on approach to Hartfordbridge"

    Maybe someone will more have details

    A

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    This appears to be the crew:

    Name: EVANS, EVAN ELWYN
    Initials: E E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 88 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 23/03/1944
    Service No: 136934
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. E.B. Grave 471.
    Cemetery: CARDIFF (CATHAYS) CEMETERY

    Name: HARVIE, GEORGE
    Initials: G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Nav./Bomber)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 88 Sqdn.
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 23/03/1944
    Service No: 1346558
    Additional information: Son of James Houston Harvie and Euphamie Hose Harvie, of Cambusnethan; husband of Elizabeth Brown Radcliffe Harvie, of Carfin.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. D. Grave 934.
    Cemetery: CAMBUSNETHAN CEMETERY

    Name: BAGOT, CHARLES HENRY
    Initials: C H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 88 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 23/03/1944
    Service No: 1852723
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Compt. 112. Grave 50.
    Cemetery: HULL NORTHERN CEMETERY

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    Amrit,
    Hartford Bridge is a tiny village WSW of Blackbushe airfield. Hartford Bridge Flats was the area on which the airfield was built but the bigger town/village of Blackbushe was easier to find on the map!! I think that during WW2 there were significant bits of Blackbushe (hardstandings, etc,) that existed across the current A30 road. All now reverted to agriculture/forestry.
    HTH
    Peter Davies

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    Thanks Peter,

    I google mapped Hartford Bridge and Blackbushe and they appeared to be very far apart. I must have got the wrong Hartford Bridge. Doh!

    A

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    Hi Amrit
    Try http://www.content-delivery.co.uk/aviation/airfields/Blackbushe.html and if you need to then zoom out and there are 2 places on the A30 towards Hartley Witney, Hartfordbridge and Hartford Bridge both close to Blackbushe airfield
    Regards
    Dick

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