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    450301 - Unaccounted Airmen - 01-03-1945

    From Henk's List -

    BANGLADESH
    ARNISON, Christopher William Gray - LAC - 1794502 - RAFVR - Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh.

    ITALY
    OPIE, Francis Colin - W/O - 364911 - RAF - Naples War Cemetery, Italy.

    UK
    ANDREWS, John Sidney - F/L (Pilot) - 83686 - A.F.C - RAFVR - Oxford Crematorium, Oxfordshire.
    INNOCENT, Dennis Herbert - LAC - 1527827 - RAFVR - Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery, Warwickshire.
    WOOD, Harold George - Cpl - 1115119 - RAFVR - Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery, Lancashire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    INDIA
    GIBSON, John Ethelbert - LAC - 1078803 - RAFVR - Imphal War Cemetery, India.

    UK
    ATKINSON, George - F/L (Pilot Instr) - 47413 - D.F.M - RAF - Blyth Cemetery, Northumberland.
    CLEEVE, Anthony Thomas Russell - F/O (Pilot U/T) - 160943 - RAFVR - Charing (Kent County) Crematorium, Kent.
    WILDE, John Harrison - F/O (Nav/WoP) - 152954 - RAFVR - Audenshaw Cemetery, Lancashire.

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    The following relates to Wilde, it is from the No.60 OTU ORB:
    March 1st 1945, “Accidents. At 21.15 hours F/L Barker and navigator F/O Wilde (both of 44 Course) took off on a practice night operational patrol. At 23.01 a “MAYDAY” call was heard but was very weak, and the call sign not definitely established. The crash crew at Andover saw an aircraft approximately 5 miles away at 23.10 hours. The aircraft, a Mosquito is believed to have struck an Auster in midair, as an Auster crashed about 5 miles away at the same time. As a result of this accident F/L Barker was injured, and his Navigator F/O J.H. Wilde (152954) was killed. This accident is the subject of an investigation which is proceeding.
    Note. This same crew flew into a high tension cable on Anglesey only a few days ago, but the pilot on this occasion brought the aircraft safely to base, although damaged. Neither of them was hurt.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Hi

    BANGLADESH
    ARNISON, Christopher William Gray - LAC - 321 MU.

    ITALY
    OPIE, Francis Colin - W/O - 159 MU.

    INDIA
    GIBSON, John Ethelbert - LAC - 358 Sqn.

    UK
    ANDREWS, John Sidney - F/L (Pilot) - registered in North Cotswold.
    INNOCENT, Dennis Herbert - LAC - registered in Newark.
    WOOD, Harold George - Cpl - registered in Liverpool N.
    ATKINSON, George - F/L (Pilot Instr) - killed whilst flying in Mosquito II, HJ659 of No 54 OTU, which spun in from a roll near Coldstream.
    CLEEVE, Anthony Thomas Russell - F/O (Pilot U/T) - see Atkinson.

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    INNOCENT, Dennis Herbert - LAC - registered in Newark. Died at Newark Emergancy Hospital of TB.

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    Hello,

    UK.

    83686 F/L John Sidney ANDREWS AFC, RAFVR.

    83686 F/L John Sidney ANDREWS AFC, RAFVR, was killed on 1 March 1945, when 6 Maintenance Unit (Brize Norton), Spitfire XVI TB594 crashed during an air test.

    See:
    Failed To Return - Airmen Died In The Second World War 1939-45. The Honour Roll of the British, Commonwealth and Allied Air Services. Part 2: A-B.
    Hobson,Chris.
    Uckfield:Naval & Military Press,2018.
    p.156

    Col.

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