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    My 95 year old father was at Wymeswold, when he was involved in an rta on 18/06/1944. He was badly injured, and I believe 3 cadets died. My dad was training to be a radio operator/gunner and is keen to find out what happened to the rest of his crew. He has dementia, and things like this are increasingly important to him, and I wondered if anyone can help? His name is David Jessop, and he thinks the pilots name was Richter, although how reliable this is, I don't know. Any information or help appreciated.

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    Hello,

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/04986.php

    18.6.44 Three Cadets being taken by RAF Bedford lorry from (co-incidentally) RAF Wymeswold killed in a road traffic accident at Leicester. They are buried at Birmingham (Yardley) Wood Cemetery.
    Chorley's Bomber Command Losses Operational Training Units shows an entry for 18 June 1944. Wellington X MF537 t/o 1108 Castle Donington for a x-country during which the air speed indicator failed. At 1426 the Wellington landed at Penrhos but skidded into a hut after the undercarriage was raised in order to stop inside the airfield. Only name listed (as injured) was P/O R.D. Stevens RCAF.

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    Dave

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    Grangran, welcome to the forum.
    Malcolm Barrass’ RAFWEB indicates that there was – most likely – an RTA on 18 Jun 44 involving the death of an RAF Sgt John James Salmon aged 25 (probably) from RAF Wymeswold. His Death is not Registered until Q4 1944 (Leicester Vol 7a Page 308 - FREEBMD). On the same Page are:_
    Kenneth Beech, Cadet ATC, aged 17
    James A Brogan, Cadet ATC, aged 16
    Kenneth J Harrison, Cadet ATC, aged 17
    (All CWGC).
    Local newspapers, the Coroners Report, Police Records, all may have further details.
    HTH
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    Peter

    You're absolutely correct:

    From the Evening Despatch, July 13th 1944:

    TREE FOUND 132ft. AWAY AFTER BEING HIT BY LORRY
    A sequel to a collision between two motor vehicles in Melton Road, Leicester, at 1.30 a.m. on Sunday, 18 June, in which three Birmingham A.T.C. members lost their lives, was heard at Leicester today.
    Michael Ellis, a 23-year-old paratrooper, whose home is at Falmouth, Cornwall, was committed for trial, legal aid being granted, charged with the manslaughter of Kenneth Beech, Kenneth James Harrison, James Albert Brogan, all of Birmingham A.T.C., and John James Salmon, and R.A.F. Sergeant. He is also charged with stealing an R.A.F. lorry and tractor belonging to the Air Ministry and valued at 950.
    In one of the lorries there were eight Birmingham A.T.C. members who were undergoing a week's training at a camp in Leicestershire, and four R.A.F. Sergeants.
    Evidence was given that the vehicle, alleged to have been stolen by Ellis and driven by him, had no lights and collided violently with the offside of the vehicle in which the cadets were travelling.
    One witness described the impact as like an explosion, and when he and others rushed to the scene they found four or five people lying badly injured in the roadway. A police sergeant stated that a tree had been broken off three feet from the ground and was found 132 feet away.


    And from the Birmingham Daily Gazette of October 28th 1944:

    Birmingham Cadets' Deaths
    Paratroop Sentenced to 18 Months
    Sentence of 18 months' imprisonment was passed at Leics. Assizes yesterday on Michael Ellis, aged 22 [sic], a paratroop, who fought in the battles of Knightsbridge and El Alamein and through Italy, after he had pleaded guilty to manslaughter of three Birmingham A.T.C. cadets and an R.A.F. Sergeant who died after a lorry crash in Melton Road, Leicester.
    It was stated that Ellis took an R.A.F. lorry without permission and, driving without lights, came into collision with another lorry carrying the sergeant and the cadets.
    Mr. Justice Wrottesley said that Ellis had a fine record as a soldier, but his drunken frolic had killed four people who were serving their country.


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    Hello,

    I researched the 28 OTU loss on 18-6-1944 some time ago. I never did complete the project:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-RCAF&styled=2

    No sign of David Jessop!

    Col.
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    And the LG text-reader doubles Richters s/n (86269) with somebody else's. AND he apparently transfers to A&SD before this date/incident. 95-yr olds are not the only ones with memory problems!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    And the LG text-reader doubles Richters s/n (86269) with somebody else's. AND he apparently transfers to A&SD before this date/incident. 95-yr olds are not the only ones with memory problems!!!!!
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    Peter,

    Here is your 86269 J RICHTER - 82629 F/Lt Josef RICHTER. HQ London. Born 16/05/1911 Zizice/Kladno, (Czechoslovakia). Navigator, Flying Control . + 06/12/1989. Served as Navigator on 311 Squadron, later Intelligence Officer with No.313 Squadron (known to have served in the pre-war Czech Air Force)

    Source:
    311 Squadron.
    Vancata,Pavel.
    Sandomierz:Stratus/Mushroom Models Publications,2013.
    p.112.

    Col.
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    Thank you all for your help. That was indeed the rta that Dad was involved in. He had head and hip injuries, but was lucky to be alive.
    I'm pretty sure he was a Private as he was only training. He was 22 at the time, and was sent to the RAF hospital in Rauceby, Lincolnshire, where he met my Mum. He was discharged from the RAF because of his injuries, and they married in 1945. He often says that he was lucky, as he probably would have died in action, and this is why he is keen to find out about the crew he was assigned to.
    Thanks again

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    Dad is actually mentioned in this post from the archives

    RE: Air Training Corps Cadet on Runnymede Memorial
    Author: mackz
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    18:14:07 09 July 2004
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    Henk, thank you for the corrections!

    Regarding 18-6-1944 - Doylerush confirms that cadet Brogan died from his injuries on 20th June. The other names you give are correct. Two flying crew of 28 OTU were also injured in this incident - Sgt D Jessop, a wireless operator, who survived and Sgt J J Salmon who died later.
    Your Holloway on 9-9-1943 I think is cadet J A Hollowood (21) of 1526 Wolverhampton Sqdn ATC. He was passenger in Master EM262 from RAF Shobdon when it crashed at 1150hrs on 6-9-43. Doylerush notes that he died of his injuries 3 days later.
    Dad is actually mentioned in this post from the archives

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