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    450626 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-06-1945

    From Henk's List -

    EGYPT
    ALLAN, Frank George - F/S - 510948 - RAF - Heliopolis Cemetery, Egypt .

    ITALY
    FENTON, Stanley - LAC - 948478 - RAFVR - Bari War Cemetery, Italy .
    STEPHENSON, Robert David Bracey - P/O - 196687 - RAFVR - Forli War Cemetery, Italy .

    UK
    RIPLEY, Kenneth Hinchliffe - LAC - 1090066 - RAF - Leeds ( Lawnswood ) Cemetery, Yorkshire .

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    CANADA
    BAYSTON, John Charles Eric - P/O - 57074 - RAF - Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada. - [ Dakota III - FZ583 - 6 OTU ].
    SORFLEET, Daniel Victor - Sgt - 1625696 - RAFVR - Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada. - [ Dakota III - FZ583 - 6 OTU ].
    WILTON, Charles Arthur John - Sgt - 1609589 - RAFVR - Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada. - [ Dakota III - FZ583 - 6 OTU ].

    PAKISTAN
    HANCOCK, Albert - AC2c - 2248821 - RAFVR - Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan.

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    RCAF Dakota FZ583 was reported missing on a training flight off the west coast of BC on 27 June 1945 (possibly a night flight?). I have never found any record that it was ever located.
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 7th June 2015 at 00:28.

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    Hi

    EGYPT
    ALLAN, Frank George - F/S - RAF Heliopolis.

    ITALY
    FENTON, Stanley - LAC - 240 Wing.
    STEPHENSON, Robert David Bracey - P/O - 61 SP.

    UK
    RIPLEY, Kenneth Hinchliffe - LAC - registered in Leeds.

    PAKISTAN
    HANCOCK, Albert - AC2 - Gujrat.

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    CANADA

    BAYSTON, SORFLEET & WILTON

    Firstly, we have this:

    https://aviation-safety.net/database...?id=19450627-5

    Note that ASN has quoted RAFComms as one of their sources hmmmmm. I have copies of the 3 volumes of The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - The First Seventy Years by J.M.Gradidge. They contain absolutely nothing on the ultimate fate of Dakota III FZ583.

    I haven't got access to contemporary US papers. Could someone who does have access, please check and see if there is any mention of the discovery of Dakota FZ583 on 15 September, 1945, and subsequent burial of the crew.

    Others have also mentioned the same information as ASN etc:

    BAYSTON, Pilot Officer John Charles Eric, Royal Air Force (57074), Navigator, 6 Operational Training Unit, Royal Canadian Air Force, Comox, British Columbia, Canada, Canada, 26 June 1945. Killed Whilst Flying, Dakota III, FZ583, Flew into Sulphur Mountain near Darrington, Washington, USA on a navigational exercise, wreck found Sep 1953, remains buried at the crash site, Age 23, Holbeach, Lincs, Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada.

    See: Failed To Return, Part 2, A-B/Hobson/N&MP/2019/p.485.

    and ...

    https://roll-of-honour.com/Hampshire...uthPolice.html (Charles Arthur John WILTON).

    What do fellow members make of all this?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 30th November 2019 at 08:37.

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    Col

    The discovery was reported in the Centralia Daily Chronicle on September 18th 1953, but FindMyPast doesn't seem to want to work this morning...

    It was also reported in RAF News in July this year, pages 26-27:

    https://issuu.com/rafnews/docs/raf_news_26_july_2019

    and: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-reg...gedy-1-7794897

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    Simon,

    Thanks for that!

    Just as I suspected, a "Broom and Carpet" job. Disgraceful.

    Col.

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    A little more from the Centralia Daily Chronicle, culled from the rather garbled OCR version here:

    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/25382714/

    Wreckage of Plane
    The wreckage of an airplane found high on the slope of Sulphur mountain, near Darrington, is that of a Canadian craft and has been there about 10 years. Coroner Kenneth Baker said a Sgt. Talbert of the 444th Air Rescue Squadron telephoned him with the report after hunters discovered the wreckage earlier in the week. There were a few bones in the debris but no complete skeleton, the sergeant told Baker. The largest piece of wreckage he could find was a wheel. The information will be forwarded to the Canadian government.

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    Simon

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