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    Default Sgt RAYMOND CHARLES EDWARDS 904369 Killed Mentor L4395 W745

    Sgt RAYMOND CHARLES EDWARDS 904369 killed 21/03/1940 has come up at least two times before on this website

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/06313.php

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-james-Bassett

    I found out today

    "Mentor L4395 dived into the ground on the 21st March 1940 near Hinckley, the Pilot Sgt.
    R C Edwards and a civilian casualty employed by the Camouflage Department, an attached unit of 24
    Squadron, were both killed."


    AVIA W745 L4395 Mentor 21/03/1940 mentions this incident

    I strongly suspect "civilian casualty employed by the Camouflage Department" is John F D Tanqueray not on CWGC aged 46 who appears to be Canadian and was in 1930's a member of the City of Vancouver Town Planning Commission. It looks like his experience would be good for the Camouflage Department

    Can anyone confirm?

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    Hello Paul

    I can confirm your guess from No. 24 Squadron ORB.

    I quote : "21.3.40 Sgt EDWARDS was killed when the MENTOR L4395 which he was piloting crashed at Barbage [not sure of the first letter...] wood near HINKLEY. The only other occupant was Mr TANQUERAY, camouflage department, Air Ministry, who was also killed."

    Joss

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    Joss

    That would be Burbage Wood, 1/2 mile East of Hinckley, perhaps?

    Regards

    Simon

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    Thanks Joss and Simon hoping one of our Canadian contingent can provide full names details etc of civilian

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    Hello Simon,

    OK for Burbage wood. Always difficult to read handwriting, and I was more puzzled by the shape of the capital B. I've also copied verbatim, including the spelling error of Hinckley, which I had noticed from Paul's post.

    Joss

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    The aircraft was in transit from Hendon to Kirkbride and was being flown in cloud when it is believed the pilot lost control and the aircraft dived steeply into the ground. The sortie was recorded as a aerial survey and cross country.

    The occupants are as listed elsewhere.

    Colin Cummings

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