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    Do anyone have any info on stanley john darnell wo pilot 1271748 rafvr died 17 08 43.buried porthcawl cemetery.thanks

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    Hi,
    Warrant Officer Stanley John Darnell was the Pilot of Anson DG755 of No4 Observers Advanced Flying Unit (4 OAFU) Only details I have is that the Engine cut, aircraft stalled and hit ground in mist at West Freugh.
    Also killed were:
    Sgt. L.A Bell. Buried at Stoneykirk Cemetery, Wigtownshire.
    Sgt. J. Robson. Buried at Winlaton St Patrick, Co. Durham
    F/Sgt. G.H Scully. Buried at Stoneykirk Cemetery, Wigtownshire.

    Alan.

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    Hello.

    16/17-8-1943
    No.4(O)AFU
    Anson I DG755

    Detailed to carry out a night navigation and bombing exercise, the route being West Freugh - Rhinns Point - Tiree - Rathlin Isle - West Freugh. A bombing exercise of six bombs was to be carried out on return to West Freugh. the aircraft took-off at 21.40 hours and satisfactorily completed the navigation and bombing exercise. The aircraft approached the aerodrome from the North and was given permission to land by the Airfield Controller. The pilot made a left hand turn inside the aerodrome boundary and approached the flarepath approximately at right angles towards the Airfield Controller's Hut. The airfield controller, considering he could not possibly make a safe landing, flashed a red light at the aircraft. The pilot opened his throttles and commenced to climb. Shortly afterwards, the aircraft was seen to bank steeply to starboard and dive into the ground about 200 yards east of East Freugh Farm at approximately 00.50 hours.

    1271748 W/O (Pilot) Stanley John DARNELL RAF +
    1580263 Sgt (Nav.) John ROBSON RAFVR +
    1487603 Sgt (Nav. U/T) Leonard Alan BELL RAFVR
    638726 F/Sgt (Staff W/Op.) George Henry SCULLY RAF - Died in ambulance on way to RAF General Hospital, Lochnaw.
    AUS419503 Sgt (Pupil W/Op.) Wilfred SHAPCOTT RAAF - Died of injuries 6-9-1943

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 9th January 2016 at 22:03.

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    Thanks for info,very good

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