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    Default Wellington accident at El Fasher, 16.09.1942

    On 16 Sept 1942 a Wellington of Middle East Command crashed whilst taking off on a delivery flight from El Fasher. As well as the crew there was one passenger, Mr W D Flower, the Director of the Sudan Met Office. He was returning home having inspected, and opened, a new meteorological office at El Fasher.

    The aircraft lost an engine on take-off, and whilst attempting to land destroyed the newly operational meteorological office then burst into flames (shades of Akrotiri in 1977). The crash was survivable, but Flower was trapped in the fuselage with two broken legs. In an unbelievable display of courage the navigator, Sgt Parish (1115314), attempted to save him, but both men died. Parish was awarded the George Cross for his bravery, the citation being at

    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=35963&geotype=London&gpn=1517&typ e=ArchivedSupplementPage&all=1115314&exact=&atleas t=&similar=

    Would anyone be able to provide any additional details (aircraft s/n (I doubt it was allocated to a squadron), time, destination, crew names, any civilian casualties on the ground - anything) please?

    I am in contact with Flower's son and daughter, and both would be interested in anything new I could offer them.

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    Brian
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    Only some more interesting links if you do no know them already:

    http://www.ww2awards.com/person/496
    http://www.rafweb.org/GC_holders.htm

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    Default Wellington accident at El Fasher, 16.09.1942

    Hi Brian,

    Not much, from the GRO - RAF War Death micro-fiche:

    Sgt Graham L. Parish 1115314 ADU


    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Bingo!
    I went through RAF serials book and just by luck found it:

    Wellington IC HD976 1443 Flt/ 2 FC (Ferry Control) Engine cut on take off, hit building in forced landing, El Fasher 16.9.42

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    Many thanks gentlemen. The photograph of Sgt Parish will be very much appreciated by the family.

    I've searched through the CWGC website but have been unable to find any additional civilian casualties; I'm guessing that if there were any they would have been Sudanese nationals, and would only have been recorded in the ORB of No 24 Staging Post - El Fasher, (AIR29/461).

    Brian

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    No problem Brian, I am glad I can help you.
    I have checked the CWGC for 16/09/42 too and no other civilian casualty in this area except Mr W D Flower.

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