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    Default 17-4-45 explosion, 57 Squadron East Kirkby

    A major explosion on the airfield at East Kirkby destroyed a number of Lancasters, 2 officers were awarded MBE's and four airmen received BEM's for their bravery in the incident.

    I have read that 5 personnel were killed as RAF and Army Pioneer Corps soldiers who were working on the runways at the time tried to save men and machines.

    I can only identify 4 casualties, please can anybody name the 5th.

    Corporal TS Dixon RAFVR
    LAC A Price RAFVR
    Corporal GW Johnson RAFVR
    Corporal M Bulmer (Army)



    Thanks for any help.

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    Pete,
    Wiki has different numbers, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_East_Kirkby, but who trusts that anyway? http://www.acmelogos.co.uk/pandora-eastkirkby.htm shows four killed.
    Good luck with search,
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    Maybe a request to the museum at east kirby will get some info, [url]www.lincsaviation.co.uk.
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    the pages 515 and 516 of the Spilsby death register contain the four names above, the other names are all a bit too old to have been running around dodging explosions on airfields at that stage of the war.

    So, unless a fifth died elsewhere at say a hospital in another registration district.
    You can see these on freebmd.org.uk
    Cannot get page 514 or before that to return anything. Not sure if there is a page 514 for Spilsby

    Deaths Apr - Jun 1945 (>99%)
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    Bulmer Matthew age 29 Spilsby 7a 515
    Crow Fred age 74 Spilsby 7a 515
    Johnson George W age 33 Spilsby 7a 515
    Price Arnold age 24 Spilsby 7a 515
    Reeson Ada age 84 Spilsby 7a 515
    Dixon Thomas S age 31 Spilsby 7a 516
    Doughty Charles age 66 Spilsby 7a 516
    Lealand George R age 55 Spilsby 7a 516
    Nelson Alfred age 60 Spilsby 7a 516
    Spring Bertha A age 46 Spilsby 7a 516
    Burman Ellen age 80 Spilsby 7a 517
    Hodgson John S age 75 Spilsby 7a 517

    have the station and squadron ORB's been consulted?
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    Maybe Sleaford district as RAF Hospital Raucby was close by and treated burns victims?
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    Thanks very much gents, I'll continue digging guided by those thoughts and post what I end up with.
    thank you

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    Hello Pete,

    Silksheen by Geoff Copeman lists 4 killed but does not identify them. It also states awards made to three Officers, F/Lt MacBean, F/O Gott GM and F/O Grebby.

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    Madingly, Geoff Copeman in his "Bomber Squadrons at War" says,
    "In all, besides the five fatalities, fourteen, including some civilians, had been hurt in the explosions;........."

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    I seem to recall that there is a fair spread of photos and a write up in one of the 'Lancaster At War' series of books ref this incident and whilst I can not recall whether it mentions casualties, it would be well worth looking at.

    Rgds

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    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    Thank you all.

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