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    Default Lookiing for Info Sgt Edward Walsh 430329 No 5 B & GS Dafoe

    My Wifes Uncle was killed in a Bolingbroke aircraft No 9935 on 29 Mar 1943 possibly in a fire incident whilst training from Dafoe Airbase. Would appreciate any info.

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    Hello,

    29-3-1943
    No.5 B&G School, Dafoe
    Bolingbroke 9935

    Engine caught fire in air, crashed and exploded. Aircraft struck hay-cart, severely burning driver, farmer Mr A Fahl, and killing both horses.

    1431602 Sgt (Pilot) Edward WALSH RAFVR +
    R/158311 LAC (Trainee) Cecil Malcolm McKENZIE RCAF +
    R/172030 LAC (Trainee) Reginald Robert MacFARLANE RCAF +
    ------------LAC (Trainee) Robert L. MONTADOR RCAF - baled out safely (later J/27126. PoW 11/12-9-1944. 106 Sqn Lancaster III PB203 - BCL5/414. + 16-5-1998)

    See:
    The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History.
    Warner,Graham.
    Manchester:Crecy Publishing,2002 (2nd.ed.)
    p.630

    Col.
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    Col,
    Many thanks for your response. Edward has one surviving Brother aged 94 and he has often wondered how his Brother died. Would the service record of Edward be available at RAF Innsworth?

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    Hello

    You might try to get the "genealogy package" from any of the two Royal Canadian Air Force members who were killed in the crash, from Library Archives of Canada :
    http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discove...roduction.aspx and especially ask for the investigation about the accident.

    You can also get Edwards' service file, but it won't give you any details about the circumstances of the loss. You'd get more answers (not guaranted though) from the Air Historical Branch of the MoD. I suggest the "genie package", and patience, if you are looking for more details about the loss.

    Joss

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    Joss,
    Many thanks.

    David

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    I have received an accident report from a Canadian source which confirms Col information. One addition was that the fire in the port wheel well was probably due to a split fuel tank. As a result of the accident Bolingbroke fuel tanks were modified.

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