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    Default Sgt Philip John Walsh, 547 Sqn 08-10-1943

    I am looking for information about WOP/AG, Sergeant Philip John Walsh (1527483) serving with 547 Squadron who died on 08/10/1943. CWGC have 3 other 547 men listed as being killed on that day; Squadron Leader Trevor John Rayner Lawman and WOP/AGs John Laverton Silver and Thomas Bernard Nugent their deaths may, of course, not be connected.

    I bought the ORB for the month of October 1943 from NA but cannot find any trace of Philip Walsh or Lawman, Silver or Nugent for that matter!

    Many thanks. Adrian.

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    Adrian

    FreeBMD has all their deaths registered at Honiton. This website has them in Wellington Wellington HZ408 L, which suffered a structural failure and crashed at Dunkeswell:

    1st Lt c h Reville - pilot, USAAF
    Flg Off J W Morton - Nav/B, RAAF
    Sgt T B Nugent - WOP/AG
    Sgt J L Silver - WOP/AG
    Sgt P J Walsh - WOP/AG
    A/S/L T J R Lawman - Passenger (Flying Control.)

    As one of the crew was Australian, Storr has the following:

    On the 8th October 1943, Wellington HZ408 was detailed to carry out a non operational ferry flight from Davidston Moor to Dunkerwell, Devonshire, and return, and in accordance with Coastal Command signal T172, the aircraft was to be used for straight and level flying only. The aircraft took off from Davidston Moor carrying Sqn Ldr Lawman as Passenger.
    On taking off, Lt Reville, then proceeded to do a "mild shoot up" over Flying Control. He put the aircraft into a power dive and on pulling out at about 100 feet and a speed approx 200mph, the starboard wing broke off at the wing root, the aircraft rolled twice, crashed on the drome and caught fire. All on board were killed.

    A report into the flying accident found that :
    "The Primary cause of the accident was he failure of the bottom rear boom of the inner plane spar in the vicinity of Station 41. Contributory causes were :
    - Lt Reville disobeyed verbal instructions to fly the aircraft straight and level only.
    - Culpable negligence on he part of Sgt Mattewman who had signed the F700 stating he had carried out the special inspection in accordance with RDA 792 and found it correct.
    - FO Staples guilty of culpable negligence, who had also signed the F700
    - Four others were also guilty of culpable negligence.
    The CO of RAF Davidson Moor stated: "The primary cause of the accident was the fact that the inspection of the spar boom in the aircraft in accordance with RDA 792, had never is fact been carried out, although the form had been signed on nine separate occasions as having been carried out. There is also criminal negligence on the part of those NCOs and aircraftsmen required to carry out the inspection, and lack of supervision on the part of Engineer Officers."
    The C-in-C of Coastal Command stated : I take a most serious view of the causes of the accident, and summaries of evidence are to be taken in order that those concerned may be brought to trial by Court Martial."


    Regards

    Simon

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    Wow, thank you Simon - your quick and detailed reply is much appreciated. Best regards, Adrian.

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