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    Default F/L Ernest R J Blezard Killed 6/7/44

    F/L Ernest R J Blezard was killed on 6/7/44.
    I have been informed that he was involved in an accident over his home town of Huddersfield.
    What I am trying to confirm is what aircraft was involved, and the full circumstaces of the loss.
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    Andy

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    Andy

    Mosquito DZ698 of 13 OTU dig at Central Avenue, Fartown, Huddersfield

    regards

    DaveW

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    Andy,

    Your question about the circumstances has been answered, but perhaps it's interesting to read a little something about F/Lt Blezard when he apparently was in Canada for flight training:

    http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/ubyssey/UBYSSEY_1943_02_19.pdf

    But be careful: in the article it's E.G. Blezard, so perhaps another person after all?

    Swift Current, Sak. had RAF 39 Service Flying Training School.

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Thanks Dave,
    Just what I was after.
    Thanks Leendert,
    Could be my man.
    He had spent some time in Canada as a flying instructor.

    Does anyone know if a navigator was also on the aircraft?
    Regards
    Andy

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    It may be of note that the CWGC website has some civilian casualties listed in Huddersfield cemeteries with 6/7/1944. They are Flora Leighton (40), Rodney Leighton (2) of 51 Central Avenue, Huddersfield and Henrietta Udell of 61 West Close, Huddersfield (62). Also Pvt Leslie Littlewood of the Royal Army Service Corps.
    If Mosquito came down in populated area, then perhaps related to this accident.

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Andy,
    Mosquito DZ698 did crash at 51, Central Avenue, Fartown. Blezard was the sole occupant.
    Source; 13 OTU ORB.
    Doug.

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    He was killed doinng stunts over his parents house in Blackhouse Road when he lost control and crashed on the junction of West Close and Central Avenue killing the three people mentioned. He is buried with his parents in Egerton Cemetery and was identified by his wallet. Account of the accident and Inquest in Huddersfield Examiner July 18 1944.

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    Thank you gents,
    Since posting the first post I have read the article in the Huddersfield Examiner.
    The details printed in the report were quite basic.
    It did not identify the aircraft.
    Thanks again for your help.
    Regards
    Andy

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