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    Dear all,

    I am hoping that someone can assist me in identifying the locations or units involved in the two incidents mentioned in the following BEM citation:

    771102 Corporal Ernest Marmaduke Bower, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

    "On two occasions this airman, while in charge of the crash tender, has shown outstanding gallantry in his attempts to save the lives of pilots by quelling the flames of burning aircraft. The first incident occurred in August, 1943, when two Typhoon aircraft, which had collided in the air, burst into flames on impact with the ground. The second took place in November, 1943, when an aircraft landed from an operational sortie with a bomb which had failed to release; the bomb fell off during the landing run, exploded, and set the aircraft alight. In the face of great danger from exploding cannon shells and petrol tanks Corporal Bower, on both occasions, showed fine courage and devotion to duty by approaching, without hesitation, very close to the burning aircraft to enable his extinguisher to reach the flames. His excellent example encouraged the other airmen engaged in the fire fighting and enabled the flames to be subdued in a very short time."

    Very many thanks in advance

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

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    First incident maybe 15 August 1943 when two Typhoons IB of 247 Sqn Collide over New Romney (JP487 and JP505)

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    Hello,

    Second incident possibly, 11-11-1943, No.247 Sqn Typhoon IB JP675:ZY-R. Whilst landing at Merston after ops, a bomb fell off and exploded, killing AUS403232 F/O Geoffrey William WAUGH RAAF. Oddly, No.247 Sqn had lost another Australian pilot (AUS403774 F/O Herbert Langtree VAN ZUILECOM RAAF - Typhoon IB JP544:ZY-D), in a similar accident the previous day. One of Van Zuilecom's bombs fell off and exploded on take-off, bringing his aircraft down near Ford.

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    Very many thanks chaps. 247 Sqn makes sense as it appears to have moved from New Romney to Merston between the August and November.

    Cheers

    Jonny
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