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    Default Melsbroek (B58) May 1st 1945

    Hi,

    Hoping someone can help.

    On the morning of the May 1st 1945 RAF Chedburgh flying control was warned about a Mitchell that had taken off from Melsbroek (B58) on an unauthorised flight. The pilot and crew were to be detained on landing and under no circumstances were they to be allowed to take off again. The Mitchell did not land at Chedburgh and the circumstances about its flight remained unknown.

    Any details on this ?

    TIA

    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    Only some rather old non-confirmed information (more than 15 years old), for which I don’t have the initial source: KJ624 Mitchell crashed at Court-St-Etienne (Belgium) after it hit some trees during a non-authorised flight. The pilot is mentioned as S/Ldr.R.P.Braun.

    The orb of 98 Squadron (AIR27/784) mentions on 1/05/1945:
    S/Ldr.R.P.Braun was killed this morning in a flying accident. His loss is deeply regretted by all Squadron members.
    The same orb mentions on 3/5/1945 :
    S/Ldr.Braun, late of this Squadron, was buried at ‘ Cimetiere de l’Evere’ near Brussels. The Squadron was represented by F/L. Jelly and the members of S/Ldr. Braun’s crew, namely F/O. Constantine, Sgt.Hayter and Sgt.Barton.

    No additional information is mentioned on the Form 541 in the same ORB.

    Was this the pilot of the non-authorised flight ?

    As mentioned above it was not possible to find any confirmation of this information…

    Best regards

    Luc
    Last edited by Luc Vervoort; 27th March 2018 at 17:55.

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    Luc,

    Thank you for this, any idea of the time of this crash ?

    Kind regards

    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    The orb of 98 Squadron mentions ' in the morning' (no precise hour).

    Checked also the orb's of 180 and 320 Squadron : nothing mentioned.

    best regards

    Luc

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    Luc,

    The general time morning coincides with RAF Chedburgh's control log. Just not sure why a Bomber Command station would be contacted about a unauthorised take off at Melsbroek. It must have been rather serious, all very interesting. Lets hope someone on the forum might have the answer !!

    Thanks again.

    Steve

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    The Accident Card for KJ624 (from the RAFM) might give some clues and would normally indicate whether there was a court of inquiry?
    Steve

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