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    Default Spitfire BM358, crashed 2nd April 1942

    Spitfire BM358, crashed on the 2nd April 1942 20 miles north of Dyce, Scotland, whilst being ferried. A number of sources give the flight as being from Prestwick to Kinloss, whilst others state it was flying in the other direction from Lossiemouth to Thame, with a fuel stop at Prestwick.

    Can anyone confirm these details and also provide a more accurate location of the crash? The pilot was First Officer William Silver Edgar of the ATA. I cant find a death certificate for him on Scotlands People which may confirm the crash location more accurately.

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    Jim

    US Servicemen did not have Death Registration's in UK during WW2 (well never found any) so maybe the same for US citizens in ATA?

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    Ancestry.com database
    Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974

    has consular return form for his death stating:
    Place of death: Chapel of Garioch, 20 miles north east of Dyce, Scotland at 3.30pm
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 13th August 2013 at 08:59. Reason: Garioch is the correct spelling
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    Jim there is a William Silver with a death in Aberdeen in 1942 on Scotlands People but probably not him as age is 60 to 70

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    I've no credits on Scotlandspeople but is there a


    Edgar
    W S <-- name not spelled, ust initials
    age 35
    in Aberdeen
    Chapel of Garioch district
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    First Officer Edgar appears to have collected the Spitfire from 45 MU, based at Kinloss.

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    William Silver Edgar was I think from Waco Texas

    On April 30, 1942, the first plaque was forged in honor of William Silver Edgar, a U.S. Army Air Corps Flight Officer member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary who had been killed in Scotland on April 2, 19

    Evening Independent, Wednesday, April 08, 1942, Page 2

    Monday from her uncle and aunt Mr and Mrs William Edgar of Waco Texas telling of the death of her cousin William Silver Edgar who was killed In action on April Edgar who graduated from Randolf and Kelly fields Texas in 1934 with 900 flying hours with out an accident to his credit en listed in the Royal Canadian Air Force

    In April of 1942, the first Baylor students serving in World War II were killed in action. Lt. William Silver Edgar,
    killed in service with the British Royal Airforce, was one of those men.


    based on Dennis finding he was 35 in 1942 he would have been born in around 1907, so would be in right age to graduate from flying School in 1934 when he was about 27...

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    Hi Jim,
    William Silver Edgar, Spitfire BM358 of 4FPP crashed while low flying at Boghead, 12 miles North East of Dyce. Sheet 38 Grid 71-23-.

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    Boghead is NW of Dyce, near Inverurie

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    Many thanks everyone for the input. So it looks like the aircraft was flying from Kinloss to Prestwick?

    Jim
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