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    Default RAF graveley bomb dump explosion 25 November 1943

    Can anyone give me any details on the above incident?
    Four were killed and two reported as injured. The dead were buried at Canbridge City cemetery.

    Or point me in the right direction at the Kew trecords.

    My thanks in advance.
    Paul H

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    AIR28/322 = Station ORB
    AIR29/85 = RAF Regiment

    Hope this helps,
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    Thanks Bruce.
    Every little helps!!
    So far I have found the four dead at the cambridge City Cemetery records:
    Michael Shaw, aircraftsman 2nd class Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, aged 19, date of death 25/11/1943, service number 1628459
    Cambridge City Cemetery grave 13945
    Son of Martin and Millie Shaw.

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    Hi Paul,
    Do you know what squadrons and other units were there?

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    It was 35 squadron at RAF Graveley.
    Cpl E Webster, injured
    AC Muller, injured
    Sgt RC Boak, killed
    LAC C Crane, killed
    AC2 M Shaw, killed
    F/S J Stuart RAAF, killed.

    All those killes intered at Cambridge City Cemetery.

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    Hello,

    AUS413274 F/Sgt James STUART RAAF, was injured in the crash of No.460 (RAAF) Sqn Lancaster III JB647 on 24 November 1943, and died of his injuries on 25 November 1943. BCL4/397.

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    Thought so. We have a 35 Squdron specialist on the board, I believe: perhaps he can help?
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    The original data was in the appendix of Alan Coopers 'We act with one accord'
    The CWGC data on Cambridge Cemetery confirmed four deaths on 25/11/1943-so it may have been assumed all were from the same incident, but Col's information may put F/S James Stuart in another incident, and just coincidently buried at the same time.
    Col do yo have ant other details of the F/S James accident-particulary the location?

    Paul H

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    Hello,

    24 November 1943
    No.460 (RAAF) Sqn.
    Lancaster III JB647
    Training.

    Crashed 1730 onto high ground near Kelstern airfield, Lincolnshire. F/S Newstead RAAF is buried in Nottingham Church Cemetery; Sgt Bailey lies in Kippax (SS Mary and Nicholas) Churchyard at Garforth, while F/S Stuart RAAF, who died on 25 November, rests in Cambridge City Cemetery. It is likely F/S Newstead had relatives in Nottingham.

    F/S (Pilot) T. Newstead RAAF +
    Sgt (Flt. Eng.) E Bailey +
    F/S (Bomb Aimer) J. Stuart RAAF DOWOIROAS 25-11-43

    and 4 survivors.

    BCL4/397.

    Take a look here, as well:

    https://static.awm.gov.au/images/col...25_011--1-.pdf p.104 of 213.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 23rd October 2015 at 13:28.

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    Hi Paul
    If it helps there is a James Stuart ,born 1916, who's death is registered at Louth, Lincolnshire. The register doesn't differentiate between Civil and Military deaths. The registration seems right for a death in Lincolnshire(say in Station Sick Quarters) but muddies the trail towards a burial in Cambridge
    Regards
    Dick
    Louth is the right registration District for Kelstern and surroundings
    Last edited by Dick; 23rd October 2015 at 15:49.

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