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    David W Evans Guest

    Default 21 Sqn SAAF 1944-1802837 F/SGT David.W.Evans.RAF(VR)

    He was My uncle and was told that he bailed out of his plane with a fellow crewman over the sea near Malta,so the crippled plane could get back for repairs,However they had stripped out the plane to lighten the load ,including parachutes,before the discision was made to jump-he could not swim,and died on the 25/12/1944 as per Malta memorial description,
    I am trying to find any records or Info about his flight and if the aircraft did make to Malta,
    all help would be greatly recieved.thank you
    Dave.
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    Hi Dave.

    The aircraft was Martin Marauder III, HD539 'T' of 21 Sqn SAAF on the 25th December 1944.

    Took off, Iesi/Jesi, Marche, Italy. To bomb the engine sheds at Treviso, Veneto, Italy. Forming up over Fano prior to the mission this Marauder went into a spin while circling. The pilot managed to correct it at about 250m. But during the spin he had given the order to bail out and two of the air-gunners had done so at 11.25 hrs. In spite of an immediate air-sea rescue action, no trace was found of them. Both are presumed to have died of exposure in the bitterly cold sea. They are commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

    The crew were;

    206039. Lt W.R. Cloete, SAAF. Pilot S
    ? Co Pilot S
    ? Obs S
    ? WOp/AG S
    578404V. W/O 1 D.M. Hamilton, SAAF. AG +
    1802832. F/Sgt D.W. Evans, RAF (VR). AG +

    The following information can be found in the book Eagle Victorious, Page 370/371. South African forces in World War II (Volume 6) The SAAF in Italy and the Mediterranean 1939/45. Pages 370/371. By H J Martin and Neil Orpen. Published by Purnell in 1977 ISBN O 86843 008 0. Copies are very hard to get and costly.

    In 21 Sqn, cloud in the Fano area hampered two aircraft in maintaining station in the second box and a third developed a spin while orbiting in formation off Fano. The pilot Lt W.R. Cloete, managed to correct the spin at about 240m, jettisoned his bombs at sea and returned to base. Two air-gunners had meanwhile obeyed instructions to jump. In spite of immediate air-sea rescue action, no trace of them was found. This made a sad Christmas for the survivors, who feared that W/O D.M. Hamilton and F/Sgt D.W. Evans, RAF had died of exposure in the bitterly cold wintry sea.

    Sorry I cannot help you with the other crew on the aircraft at the time.

    I hope this will help you.

    Pel

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    David W Evans Guest

    Default Thank you so very very much,

    The aircraft was Martin Marauder III, HD539 'T' of 21 Sqn SAAF on the 25th December 1944.

    Took off, Iesi/Jesi, Marche, Italy. To bomb the engine sheds at Treviso, Veneto, Italy. Forming up over Fano prior to the mission this Marauder went into a spin while circling. The pilot managed to correct it at about 250m. But during the spin he had given the order to bail out and two of the air-gunners had done so at 11.25 hrs. In spite of an immediate air-sea rescue action, no trace was found of them. Both are presumed to have died of exposure in the bitterly cold sea. They are commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

    The crew were;

    206039. Lt W.R. Cloete, SAAF. Pilot S
    ? Co Pilot S
    ? Obs S
    ? WOp/AG S
    578404V. W/O 1 D.M. Hamilton, SAAF. AG +
    1802832. F/Sgt D.W. Evans, RAF (VR). AG +

    The following information can be found in the book Eagle Victorious, Page 370/371. South African forces in World War II (Volume 6) The SAAF in Italy and the Mediterranean 1939/45. Pages 370/371. By H J Martin and Neil Orpen. Published by Purnell in 1977 ISBN O 86843 008 0. Copies are very hard to get and costly.

    In 21 Sqn, cloud in the Fano area hampered two aircraft in maintaining station in the second box and a third developed a spin while orbiting in formation off Fano. The pilot Lt W.R. Cloete, managed to correct the spin at about 240m, jettisoned his bombs at sea and returned to base. Two air-gunners had meanwhile obeyed instructions to jump. In spite of immediate air-sea rescue action, no trace of them was found. This made a sad Christmas for the survivors, who feared that W/O D.M. Hamilton and F/Sgt D.W. Evans, RAF had died of exposure in the bitterly cold wintry sea.

    Sorry I cannot help you with the other crew on the aircraft at the time.

    I hope this will help you.

    Pel[/QUOTE]
    Last edited by David W Evans; 1st July 2008 at 14:50. Reason: mistake on answer to pel

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