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    Default 20.7.45* 436001 Wt Off Robert Walter Knox, RAAF, 451Sqn

    A query came up on AB-IX

    Can anyone ID the Spitfire involved ?

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    Buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey is:
    20.7.45* 436001 Wt Off Robert Walter Knox, RAAF, 451Sqn (Spitfires at Lasham), 24. Accidentally killed on active service. Son of Robert and Mary Ellen Knox, of North Perth, WA. Plot 4, row H, grave 24.

    The West Australian newspaper carried this announcement on 24.7.45:
    KNOX, Robert Walter (F/Sgt, RAAF), dearly beloved youngest son of Robert and Mary Ellen Knox (30 Pennant Street, North Perth); loving brother of Ronald (AIF), Peggy (WAAAF) and Daphne who lost his life in an aircraft accident at Gloucester, England, on July 20, 1945. Cherish memories. Rest in peace.

    So this would appear to be the pilot, and tells us his squadron.

    The 451Sqn ORB has been digitised, but apparently does not disclose which aircraft was involved.


    The Gloucester Citizen reported on 21 July 1945:

    PILOT KILLED IN BIRDLIP CRASH
    Plane shattered on hilltop

    Crashing into the top of a hill at Caudle Green, near Birdlip, on Friday afternoon, the pilot of a Spitfire, Flight Sergeant Knox, of the Royal Australian Air Force, was killed instantly.
    He was flying through bad weather, and visibility was very poor. Apparently he did not know he was so near the hill tops, for his machine crashed into a potato field at Fowlers Farm and was shattered into fragments.
    National Fire Service appliances attended, but there was no fire. The wreckage was afterwards removed in an RAF crash tender.
    It is understood that Flight Sergeant Knox was not stationed locally.

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    Hello,

    Spitfire FR.XIV SM919 - 451 Sqn. Flying Accident. Cat E. 20/7/1945.

    Inconclusively discussed here: http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/07399.php

    See also: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1071887 see: pp.19-24 (765c) & 35 of 35

    W/O Knox RAAF was the final No.451 Sqn RAAF death in WWII.

    Col.
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    Col thanks posted on AB-IX with credit

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    Paul,

    Oddly, I have been a member of Air-Britain for several years. Never, not once, have I ever accessed AB-IX! Something else has always popped up when it came to mind. Must take a look sometime.

    Col.

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