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    Default F/S Cecil Thomas Deane [ 904963] 18/2/1942 153 Sqd

    I'm trying to find more information about the circumstances of the death of
    Flight Sergeant Cecil Thomas DEANE - Airgunner RAFvr 904963
    I think he flew a Nigthfighter Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I and was based at Ballyhalbert (NI)
    He is buried in London at Mortlake Crematorium

    These are the facts I collected sofar
    Cecil Thomas DEANE
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFvr)
    Enlistmentno: 904963 [ 1939/09 at RAF Uxbridge]
    Rank: Flight Sergeant,
    Role: Air Gunner ,
    Squadron: Squadron 153 Squadron Base BallyHalbert (Northern Ireland)

    died 18th February 1942 aged 25.
    Son of Albert George and Alice Margaret Deane; husband of Queenie Deane, of Shepherd's Bush, London.
    Commemorated at Mortlake Crematorium, Surry

    RAF 153 Squadron:
    On 14 October 1941 a flight of No.256 Squadron arrived at Ballyhalbert to form 153 Squadron and began flying the next day. On the official formation of 153 squadron on 24 October the squadron was operational with Defiants on night patrols. The arrival of a training Blenheim on 10 December heralded re-equipment and the first Beaufighter arrived on 29 January 1942. A Flight retained its Defiants until the Beaufighters became operational in May.

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    ORB only states, 18/2/42, Defiant T3914 crashed in the sea, F/Sgt Lucas and F/Sgt Deane killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanW View Post
    ORB only states, 18/2/42, Defiant T3914 crashed in the sea, F/Sgt Lucas and F/Sgt Deane killed.
    Thanks for the info..
    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=1605 tells me "Spun into sea on night test."

    This information helps me a lot. Thanks again

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