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    Default 78 Squadron Dakota KP235

    Hi all,

    I have a small number of documents (AM1180, and the 540 for the day it crashed) relating to the above Dak. I've no idea why I've got them, as this loss is well outside of my field of research - I've just found them in amongst a load of 100 Squadron papers in my filing cabinet.. Anyway, if anyone wants them shout up, before they go in the paper recycling :-) PM me your snail mail adress and I'll get them in the post.

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    Greg
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    Hello Greg

    I'm interested as this is a crash in France. Despite it occured near Istres, not far from Marseille, which is totally opposed to where I live, I've visited the graves of the crew in Mazargues. It was in connection with another postwar RAF Dakota loss also near Marseille.

    I'll e-mail you my snail mail adress.

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Just a quick question - does the paperwork include an individual code letter for KP235?

    Regards

    Simon

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    Joss - consider them yours :-)

    Simon - I'll check the documents when I get home later, before I post them off to Joss :-)

    All the best both,

    Greg
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    Greg

    Don't suppose you kept a copy - it remains 78 Sqn's worst accident to date (including the WWII casualties!)

    Kind Regards

    Tony H

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    Hi Tony - I'm afraid I didn't, but if you speak nicely to Joss she might copy it for you and send it over :)

    All the very best,

    Greg
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    Hello

    Joss is short for Jocelyn which in French is a male first name. So "she" is a "he"...

    I should be able to scan the document at the office during the week, if Tony is interested. I can also provide him some pictures I took at Mazargues cemetery, where they are buried. Not sure I pictured all the graves, as my interest laid in another Dakota crew, and I wasn't alone, so it was difficult to spend as much time as I would have like to picture all the airmen's grave there. There were a lot, much than I thought, as it's a "concentration cemetery", all casualties from this part of France were gathered in this place.

    Joss

    Greg : I hope you enjoyed the rugby game a couple of nights ago...

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    Greg/Joss

    Did either of you find an individual I.D. letter for the Dakota in amongst the paperwork?

    Regards

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    Hello

    No, there isn't. Somewhat in the code cell of the form 1180, betweeen A/c type and Mark (Dakota) and No. (KP235), is the mention "2-6", but from my humble opinion, that's not the fuselage code carried out by that Dakota.

    There's a file on this loss in the AVIA 5/26 file at Kew. I once had a look at AVIA 5/25 for other postwar crashes in France, so that could be an option for you.

    Joss

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    Joss - apologies over the gender confusion, my bad...

    Yes, I enjoyed the rugby immensely!! A lot of French were in Cardiff on Thursday and came down to see my local team play on Thursday evening. A grand time was had by all, and we had about twice as many supporters there than we normally do :-) Afterwards I took about twenty French back to my "local" pub, and the drinking continued into the wee small hours... A shame for you on Friday evening, but now Cymru will go to Twickenham in a fortnight with much confidence, and hopefully to beat Smudger's English!!

    L/O

    Greg
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    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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