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    Morning All

    I'm after any help / info with the following pre war Wittering losses for an on-going project concerning losses from this stn;

    30/11/26: In this accident P/O Crowden was killed. P/O Steedman was a passenger but was he injured or killed as well? (Avro 504)

    30/05/27: Acft & cause of loss details for P/O Miller

    16/06/27: Acft & cause of loss details for F/O Bell / Baggs (Sopwith Snipe)

    16/06/30: Acft & cause of loss details for Sgt's Richardson / Nichols (Avro)

    31/01/38: Acft & cause of loss details for A/P/O Kearsley

    30/07/38: Details for the loss of AC A.E. Graves

    03/11/38: Acft details for collision involving x2 Demons with AC Lee killed (believed Sgt Bullard was P)

    07/03/39: Acft & cause of loss details for P/O Raven

    25/07/39: Acft & cause of loss details for A/Sgt Tarrant

    Thanks in advance for any assistance - the wealth of members knowledge here is an absolute goldmine

    Kind Regards

    Tony H
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    Tony,Hi,

    Wittering is my "home airfield". I joined the Met Office, on initial appointment, at Wittering - and did a couple of tours there afterwards! The Stamford Mercury has - so I am informed - one of the best historical databases of any local newspaper in UK. You are, clearly, fairly 'local' to Stamford. Might pay you to get in touch with that paper? If any of the local "fly boys" who pranged it thereabouts then it might well have been in the Stamford Mercury?

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    Hi

    30/11/26: P/O Crowden - He was killed whilst flying (in) an unidentified Avro 504K of the CFS, when the aircraft spun in at Easton. Plt Off E B Steedman was also killed in the accident.

    30/05/27: P/O Miller - died from injuries, details not yet identified

    31/01/38: APO Trevor Kearsley Goss Dudley - He was the pilot of Audax, K5210 of No 11 FTS and was killed at Ufford, Lincolnshire, when his engine cut during a forced landing practice and the aircraft stalled resulting in a spin into the ground. His passenger, APO Peter Robert Burton-Gyles was slightly injured.

    03/11/38: AC Lee - He was killed whilst flying as the gunner in Hawker Demon, K5730, flown by Sgt Jack Arnold Bullard, when it collided with another aircraft, K5712 of the same squadron whilst flying in formation. The aircraft was abandoned near Uffington, Lincolnshire, as was the other aircraft which was being flown solo by Plt Off Arthur Edward Slocombe. The two pilots were not injured.

    07/03/39: P/O Raven - He was killed whilst flying Blenheim I, L1459 of No 23 Sqn, which spun into the ground from cloud at Fenny Compton, near Leamington, his crewman, Plt Off A S Peter was also killed.

    25/07/39: A/Sgt Tarrant - He was possibly killed whilst flying Blenheim I, L1465 of No 23 Sqn which collided with Hart, K4977 of No 12 FTS at Longlands Field, Humly near Grantham.

    Malcolm

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    Tony

    30/05/27: F/O Horace Miller - several contemporary newspaper articles report that he died of severe head injuries received in an aircraft crash. His aircraft suffered a force-landing at RAF Wittering, and he died in Peterborough Infirmary. He was an experienced pilot, and was undergoing training as an instructor. He was practicing landings when his aircraft crashed. One report describes it as "a two seater Avro."

    6/06/27: F/O Bell / Baggs - newspaper reports state that their Snipe crashed at Wothorpe, near Stamford, Lincs. The Portsmouth Evening News, June 17th, reports that "the aeroplane was flying at a tremendous height when suddenly its engine stopped. It re-started and then the machine fell into a spin and dropping at a terrific rate crashed to the ground."

    30/07/38: AC A.E. Graves - killed in a motorcycle accident. The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer of August 1st reports: "Alfred Eric Graves and Sydney Charles Cownden were travelling on a motorcycle on the Grantham to Nottingham road when at the Sedgebrook crossroads they came into collision with a motor-lorry. The motorcycle was wrecked, Graves, the driver, was instantly killed and Cownden, the pillion passenger, was injured, and after attnetion, removed to Wittering."

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 7th February 2015 at 18:18. Reason: added Graves' details

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    Tony/Malcolm,

    l think you'll find the incident involving No.23 Sqn Blenheim I L1459, occurred on 20/03/1939, not 07/03/1939.

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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th February 2015 at 23:45.

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    Hi Col

    You are correct I actually have Raven being killed on 20 Mar, I didn't notice.

    Malcolm

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    Raven - the Aberdeen Journal reports that he was killed on March 20th: "The two occupants of the...R.A.F. plane, which crashed at Fenny Compton, near Leamingon, were: Pilot Officer Benjamin Raven and Pilot Officer Anthony Stewart Peter".

    Is this a different Raven from the one in Tony's original post?

    Regards

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    Gents

    Many thanks for all your efforts, it is greatly appreciated. Expect more Q's shortly!

    Kind Regards

    Tony

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    Malcolm

    30/11/26: P/O Crowden - contemporary newspaper reports stae that the pilot, Flying Officer Edward Blakeway Steedman, survived the crash with a broken arm, cuts to the body and head, and extensive bruising. He made a statement for the Inquiry the day after.

    There's a Wing Commander Edward Blakeway Steedman on the CWGC site, service number 16209, died May 17th 1942, aged 37, in Jakarta.

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    30/11/26 : Flying Officer Clarence Graham Crowden killed and Pilot Officer Edward Blakeway Steedman injured. ORB says 'Avro Lynx

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