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    Default 5 B.F.T.S. loss, January 19th 1943 - LACs Clandillon and Clay

    Hello everyone

    In the Roll of Honour of University College, Durham, are the names of two Leading Aircraftmen, both cadets with 5 B.F.T.S. at Riddle Field, Clewiston, Florida:

    1394558 Derek Robinson CLANDILLON

    1395220 John Anthony CLAY

    These two were killed in an aircraft crash on Tuesday January 19th 1943, approximately 20 miles NE of Okeechobee, Florida. They were both at Durham from October 1941 to March 1942, and maybe joined up together and went off to the U.S.A. together.

    Can anyone help with details of the accident that cost them their lives?

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    Simon
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    Hello Simon.
    The only accident I can see in Florida I can find is this one (at least, as far as my humble knowledge did find):
    430119 B-26B4 41-18122 481BS 536BG Avon Park Bombing Rang, FL LAC 5 Ashberry, James R USA FL Avon Park Bomb Rng, FL
    430119 P-40K 42-10287 306FS 338FG Dale Mabry Field, FL LAC 3 Griswold, Charles A USA FL Dale Mabry Field, FL
    You can dig out here: http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/s...y/Jan1943S.htm

    Most humbly yours,
    Adriano

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    Simon,
    Here is what I have on these two fatalities.

    LAC. CLANDILLON, Derek Robinson, 1394558 RAFVR.
    19 January 1943.
    Age 19. Son of Mrs. F.D. Clandillon, of Seven Kings, Essex, England.
    Lot 9. Block U. Grave 4.
    AT-6A 41-16846. LAC. Clandillon with LAC.Clay (Course No.12) crashed in their AT-6a on a cross country navigational exercise,19.1.43. The AAF aircraft record card states location 11 mi. E. Okeechobee, FL. Plane flew into ground at high speed with power. Another report places the location as about 20 miles NE of Okeechobee.

    LAC. CLAY, John Anthony, 1395220 RAFVR.
    19 January 1943.
    Age 19. Son of Maj. and Mrs. Percy G. Clay, of Southall, Middlesex, England.
    Lot 9. Block U. Grave 3.
    AT-6A 41-16846 . LAC. Clay with LAC. Clandillon (Course No.12) crashed in their AT-6a on a cross country navigational exercise,19.1.43. The AAF aircraft record card states location 11 mi. E. Okeechobee, FL. Plane flew into ground at high speed with power. Another report places the location as about 20 miles NE of Okeechobee.

    The Aviation Archaeology site bases it's data on the available USAAF Form 14 accident reports. I understand B.F.T.S. accidents were rarely reported on Form 14s. RAF Arnold Scheme accidents are featured on www.aviationarchaeology.com but not B.F.T.S.
    Hope this helps, Tony

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    Thank you for the replies gentlemen. Special thanks to Tony for the very detailed reply, much appreciated indeed.

    Regards

    Simon

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