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    Default F/O Maurice WILLIAMSON 159578, d. 5th August 1944?

    Does anyone have any info on the above Pilot Officer, who died on August 5th 1944 aged 32?

    He is buried in Hougton-le-Spring, but I can't find him on FreeBMD, or on Scotland's People. There is a 'P/O M. Williamson' listed as KOAS in Flight Magazine's Casualty Communique 444, November 23rd 1944, which may, or of course may not, be him...

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    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    He was probably killed whilst flying in Wellington XIV, HF275 of the CCDU, which dived into the sea after burst into flames as the result of a flare igniting in the bomb bay.

    Malcolm

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    Many thanks indeed Malcolm, much appreciated.

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    Due to the recent winter storms, I set out to find the location of Wellington MP638; Maurice Williamson was the skillful pilot who force-landed it on Freshwater west beach, Wales on 9 April 44. Sadly he was lost a few months later re the flare accident.
    I managed to find some small Wellington parts which showed the area where the a/c came to rest.
    Re. the latter accident 5th Aug 44; some sources also quote 'off Freshwaterwest' as the location of the crash. The ASR launch recorded however, state Freshwater east; quite a few miles away. One of the crew was washed ashore near this location a few weeks later; Fournier.

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    Thanks for the extra information about Maurice Williamson, Steve - that's most helpful.

    Can you confirm what Malcolm said - he was killed in HF275? Do you have a full crew list for HF275?

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    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 9th April 2014 at 12:57. Reason: typo

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