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    Default Death of Pilot ERH "Bobby" Widdows of 172 Squadron

    I am trying to find out more information about the RAF pilot Edgar Robert Howard Widdows - known as Bobby. He died, aged 23, on 13th August 1943 whilst serving with 172 Squadron. I am particularly interested to know the circumstances of his death. I assume he was a Wellington pilot as he was with 172 Squadron but don't know if he was killed whilst flying a Wellington. He is buried in the church at Walshaw where I believe his father was once the vicar.

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    Google search of name and serial number reveals

    http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/....RAFGraves.htm

    and with an Australian on board you can get his RAAF service record scanned
    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...1076249&isAv=N


    And this link is not working for me today:
    https://www.awm.gov.au/images/collec...25_023--1-.pdf
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hello,

    The Australian War Memorial, in their wisdom, has completely restructured their site. Forget all your old links - they won't work. Typical example of what happens when the nerds get their hands on things. They don't have the use the thing. They know how it works - you find out!

    Col.
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    Wilko. The Chivenor Orb states they crashed at Luscott Barton Farm, 5 miles north east of the airfield while flying H 172 at 04:30 hours, returning to base. All depth charges exploded, killing all on board. 6 people at the farm escaped injury, but the building was seriously damaged. 407 also operated on this night with all aircraft landing away at Beaulieu due to poor weather.
    Hope this helps.
    Richard

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    Thank you everybody... that's hugely useful!

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    I am looking into this crash shortly. Already spoken to the farmer about going to visit.
    Also wentvto Davidstow Moor museum last week and a researcher had gone over the site with a metal detector and his findings are in this museum

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    Hello,

    The AWM has temporarily reinstated the old site. The link to the 172 Sqn Wellington crash is: https://www.awm.gov.au/images/collec...25_006--1-.pdf see: p.210 of 320.

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    thanks had seen that

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    Hope to visit crash site this Wednesday

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    We didnít actully get to crash site as farmer couldnít make it though we went to a Neighbouring farm and the farmer there knew plenty about it.
    The plane crashed into farm buildings and the force of the explosion took the roof of the house off and blew out all the windows. None of the 6 occupants were hurt though they were severely traumatised , so much so they couldnít face completing the harvest that was due to be cut. Farmers were called Cook
    i aM currently speaking with a nephew of 1 of the crew called Sayle

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