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    Default Two 179 Sqn casualties, 31 July 1943

    Hello everyone

    I'm looking for further details about the cause of two casualties of 179 Sqn on July 31st 1943. The ORB Form 540 states 'One aircraft was airborne operationally on a patrol to the north west which produced an abnormal incident'.

    The pilot, 1220625 Sgt Frederick Blackburn, and a WOp/AG, 1145880 Sgt Joseph Martin were killed. Their deaths were registered in Barnstaple.

    Can anyone tell me the nature of this 'abnormal incident'? I couldn't find anything in the Form 541.

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    Simon

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    Simon,

    Wellington MP716 swung and crashed at Chivenor after engine failure on approach.

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    Wellington MP716, Air Test at 17:20 hrs


    Engine cut on approach. Swung and crash landed at Chivenor before catching fire at 17:31 hrs. The crew of three, pilot, WOp/AG and a civilian technician from Bristol Aircraft Company were killed. Sgt Blackburn rests in St.Augustine Churchyard, Heanton Punchardon, Devon.


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    Many thanks indeed Dave and Ross, that's much appreciated.

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