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    Does anyone have any details relating to the crash of Washington WF495 which was lost in January 1954?

    Any help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

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    Pete.

    Have you seen:

    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/...ype=B29&page=5

    Also this from http://www.thefullwiki.org/List_of_a...0%931974)#1954

    26 January – An RAF Boeing Washington B.1, WF495, of 149 Squadron, disappears during the night en-route from Prestwick to Laagens in the Azores. Aircraft is believed to have come down in Morecambe Bay but after an intensive search lasting several days no trace is ever found.[67] Aircraft was on return flight back to USAF.[45] Last message from pilot mentioned icing and it is thought this condition led to loss of control. Seven crew lost. Another source gives date as 27 January.[35]

    (Googled WF495)

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    Thanks Brian

    The ASN link has additional links to articles on the loss, so I have an excellent start point.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Crew details are:
    F/L Richard Norman Williams 35 DFC DFM
    W/C Arthur Keith Passmore 36 DFC & Bar
    F/L Robert Arthur Kirkland 31 Nav
    Sgt John Kennell 23 Nav
    F/S Gerald William Clamp 28 Air Sig
    F/S Bernard Walter Noble 33 Flt Eng
    Sgt George Johnston 28 Air Gunner

    Colin Cummings

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    Thanks for the additional details, Colin; much appreciated

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hello There.
    Wing Cdr Passmore was married to my mother at the time of the loss of WF495. Over the years there has been much speculation as to why he was on the ill fated flight as he was not on operational duties, but was based in Admin at the time. Also, I have been told that all aircraft in England, both civilian and military, were grounded that night due to appalling weather conditions and WF495 was the only aircraft to take off. I have never understood why this was allowed to happen.
    Keith was not my father, as my mother remarried; however it is a tragedy that has always been 'the elephant in the room' within our family.
    If anyone has any information on the loss, please could they let me know too.

    Many Thanks

    PeteT. Can I ask what your interest is in this particular aeroplane?

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    Wendy

    I am sorry to hear that you have personal involvement with this loss.

    The background to the enquiry is that I did some research on the loss of my partner's grandfather who was KIA with 35 Squadron in 1945. Having gone as far as I can for the time being on that project, I started to research the history of 35 Squadron and the loss of WF495 was mentioned briefly in some papers that I obtained .... so it is generic interest rather than personal involvement. I am more than happy to pass on any information that I found as my research progresses.

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    Pete
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    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Thank you. Any information would be appreciated.

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    There are 2 people who claim to have had their place taken by Wing Cdr Passmore. One is a Peter Morrey (115 sqdn) in the book RAF Marham by Ken Delve page 105 and 'Bunny Bowers' in the Washington Times Newsletter No 8 Winter 2005 page 7 compiled by Chris Howlett. Both men cannot be right.

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    When I get the opportunity I will obtain the 35 and 115 squadron's ORB's for that period to see if these shed any light on the circumstances.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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