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    Hi All,

    Does anyone have any information on a Beaufighter Mk. VI from 132 OTU which crashed off the Farne Islands on the above date.

    I would be interested in any information from the ORB relating to the pilot, name/rank etc. and the serial of the aircraft, probably JL852.

    So far we believe it crashed due to engine failure.

    Many thanks,

    Russ
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    Hi Russ,

    Here is`what little I have for JL852.

    Starboard engine cut.
    Lost height and ditched off Farne Islands, Northumberland.

    SEPTEMBER 19TH. - NORTH SUNDERLAND, NORTHUMBERLAND.
    An aeroplane had crashed into the sea, and a ship which had been seen to stop and put out a small boat was believed to have saved the
    pilot, but no trace of the observer could be found. - Rewards, 13 4s. 9d.
    Source RNLI Records of service 1939-46

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    Default Beaufighter Crash 132 OTU 19th September 1943

    Thanks for that Ross,

    You don't have any names of the crew do you??

    I am aware there is some interest locally to commemorate the lost crewmember so any help would be appreciated. Would the ORB not give the crew?

    Thanks again,

    Russ

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    Russ

    Harldy conclusive, but assuming that the navigator was lost without trace from this ditching, and thereby appears on the Runnymede memorial, there are surprisingly few aircrew unaccounted for on this date which are not documented elsewhere, or were lost in other theatres

    A strong contender, unless recorded elsewhere, could be

    P/O Ronald Lester CHURCH (151857)

    dg

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    Thanks Litcham Lad,

    Its somewhere to start.

    Many thanks,

    Russ

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    Hello Russ & dg,

    According GRO War Deaths RAF 1939-1948 (Microfiche), P/O Ronald Lester Church, 151857, came from 132 OTU.

    So this is confirmed.

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Default Beaufighter Crash 132 OTU 19th September 1943

    Many thanks Finn,

    Your time is much appreciated!

    Russ

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    Default Beaufighter JL852 19 September 1943

    P/O Church was the navigator. Pilot, also a fatality, was J23226 P/O J MacGregor RCAF.

    Keith

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    Default Beaufighter JL852 19 September 1943

    Thanks Keith,

    I will pass that information on. We are hoping this may lead to some form of memorial to the crew.... and this helps.

    Many thanks again,

    Russ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Bryers View Post
    P/O Church was the navigator. Pilot, also a fatality, was J23226 P/O J MacGregor RCAF.

    Keith
    Keith,
    Pilot rescued from the sea. Name of J. MacGREGOR - J/23226 not listed in "They Shall Grow Not Old" (Allison).

    Regards,
    Henk.

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