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    Default RAF Personnel in USAAF Losses

    Does anyone have any idea (or details) about RAF Personnel who were Casualties whilst serving with any units of the USAAF? If, in fact, there were any.

    I understand that Training Schools existed in the USA but these were classed as RAF units.

    The reason for my question is that a chap on one of the local war memorials was killed whilst training with the USAAF ( his parents had moved to the US an he was born there. Relatives had his name added to the local memorial).

    I just wondered if any RAF personnel were lost serving with USAAF Units.

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    Paul Johnson

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    Paul,
    When the USAAF decided in 1942(?) to set up dedicated Met Recce Sqns in UK they had the airframes and aircrews - except not too many Met Air Observers (MAO) conversant with UK met codes and procedures.
    Some RAFVR MAOs were seconded to USAAF Units to teach these skills. Sqn Ldr H H J Leigh-Clare ((73973) the MAO Leader of 517 Sqn at St Davids was one such. He was killed on 9 Dec 43 when USAAF B-17G (42-37744) hit trees on take-off from Bovingdon on a training exercise.
    3005390 Sgt J E B Pye, an MAO from 517 Sqn, was lost on 3 Feb 44 when USAAF B-17 (42-30131) FTR from a Met Recce sortie.
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    A name of "the chap" and a date probably would help.

    Henk.

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    Paul,

    Not a case of serving with more a passenger :-

    701547 Sgt Cyril George CHESHER RAFVR Clerk

    Passenger Liberator B24 451 Heavy Bomb Group 14/10/44. Aircraft on route from Marcainese crashed near Bari 1700 all on board died.

    Mark

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    Another case of a passenger being killed was LAC John Dunlop Main 1560564 who was a passenger on C-47A 42-108982 which flew into high ground near Glossop on the 24th July 1945.
    Alan Clark

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

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    Hi,

    Ewing Brown wrote a small soft-cover book for the Eighth Air Force Association titled, "The Weathermen Let Them Fly". He lists all RAF personnel KIA while flying in USAAF weather units as met. observers.

    Norman Malayney

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    Norman,
    Tks for that heads up. I've sent you a PM.

    Correction to my earlier on this thread, Leigh-Clare was a Flt Lt when killed, not a Sqn Ldr
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    I think it's time that Mr Johnson reacts to all our responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk Welting View Post
    I think it's time that Mr Johnson reacts to all our responses.

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    Give him a break. More than likely he won't be back at work until Monday to check on his post!

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    David/Henk
    This is one of the major problems with this Forum.
    Too many of the forumites find that 'work' interferes with the pursuit of RAF aviation history. Those in employ have their employers to consider. Those of us in retirement find that gardening, etc, etc, takes the same place!!
    "They also serve who only stand and wait". Some of us 'wait' - seemingly for ever!!!
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