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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
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    Hi Steve
    For 23/3/44 2nd TAF Vol 1 gives BZ204/K as crashed in Minley Woods on app. to Hartford Bridge, cause not known. It gives a 4th crew member as W/O E D McFarlane and gives Evans as having initials C J
    Regards
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    Hello to you all,

    Sorry about the date - a typing error on my part - so I stand corrected, yet again thanks for the feedback, informative as ever.

    My reference collection is rather limited at the moment, so I'm glad that there are people like yourselves who are willing and able to help in many ways forever indebted to you all.

    Cheers.

    Steve.

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    Hi, All,
    Minley Woods is about 1000 yards short of the (wartime) touch-down point to R/W 317. Looks from Historic Charts that there might have been a light NW'ly wind flow - so that fits
    Hartfordbridge/Hartford Bridge/Blackbushe is given the following history (extracts only) by Google Earth:

    Oct 41 Building commenced.
    Nov 42 RAF Hartford Bridge (note spelling) opened in 70 Grp. (the locals know it as Hartfordbridge).
    Aug 43 88 Sqn arrived (although the RAFOrg site makes no mention of its stay at Hartford Bridge/Hartfordbridge).
    Nov 43 transferred to 2 TAF.
    Oct 44 88 Sqn departs.
    Dec 44 Name change to RAF Blackbushe.
    Mar 45 transferred to 46 Grp (Transport Command).

    The above seems (mostly) to fit together quite well!
    Somebody needs to write a definitive history of the airfield!
    Rgds
    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 8th April 2008 at 16:46.

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