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    Please can anybody offer advice on a 224 Squadron aircraft lost 20 March 1947, 4 names on Runnymede and possibly up to 4 more bodies recovered and buried ashore.

    BERRY T N Pilot II '1559206' HYDE BOROUGH CEMETERY
    DARBY D J Engineer II 224 Sqdn. '576946' RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    GARDENER J J Corporal '549564' ISLINGTON CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM
    HOBSON H Sergeant '1005604' TOW LAW CEMETERY
    LEXTON C Signaller II 224 Sqdn. '1314416' RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    RYAN D G Signaller II 224 Sqdn. '1494556' GRANGEGORMAN MILITARY CEMETERY
    SHAW J D Navigator II 224 Sqdn. '1675594' RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    STAPLETON H Pilot II 224 Sqdn. '1815249' RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

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    Hello,

    Lancaster ASR.3 SW290, of the Joint Anti-Submarine School, Ballykelly, hit the sea 60m NNW of Malin Head, Donegal on 20-3-1947.

    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=30737

    The Times. Saturday, March 22, 1947. p.4.

    R.A.F. PLANE CRASH OFF IRELAND.

    Eight naval ships, including two destroyers and a submarine, searched all through yesterday for the survivors of an R.A.F. Lancaster which crashed about 50 miles out to sea north of Ireland just before midnight on Thursday. Three of the Lancaster's missing crew of nine were picked up, two of them dying later. Late last night it was stated that there was no hope of finding further survivors, and the search was called off. The crash was reported by H.M.S. "Vengeance", aircraft-carrier. The Lancaster was one of six on naval cooperation exercises operating from Ballykelly, 13 miles north-east of Londonderry.

    I suspect two of the losses aboard SW290, were naval men:

    (HMS) Ferret - Air crash.

    Lt Kenneth David James LORIMER RN - Missing Presumed Killed
    Sub Lt Hayden Shelton MOORE RN - Missing Presumed Killed

    Both commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.

    http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1947-01JAN.htm

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th March 2013 at 07:12.

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    thank you Col Bruggy, I never thought of checking the Times as well, brilliant, thanks
    Peter

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    There's a Harry Hobson, aged 34, whose death was registered in Durham West in the March 1947 quarter.

    Was he one of the Lancaster crew that were rescued and died later? If you add the two Navy personnel suggested by Col to PeteS' list of eight possibles, that makes 10 altogether.

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    Hello,

    Possibly:

    1599206 Pilot II Thomas Nelson BERRY + (Missing)
    1815249 Pilot II Harry STAPLETON + (Missing)
    1675594 Nav. II John Derek SHAW + (Missing)
    576946 Eng. II David John DARBY + (Missing)
    1314416 Sig II Charles LEXTON +
    1494556 Sig. II David Gerard RYAN +
    Lt Kenneth David James LORIMER RN + (Missing)
    Sub-Lt Hayden Shelton MOORE RN + (Missing)

    Plus one survivor.

    I don't think Gardener and Hobson were involved in the loss of SW290.

    Anyone got a copy of Cummings or Halley?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th March 2013 at 23:28.

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