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    Sqd Leader David Salwey flew photographic missions for 542 Squadron and, I believe, holds the record for the longest single Spitfire flight of WW2 when flew from Benson to Danzig (1500 miles).

    He was killed on June 6 1943 but I am unable to find any details of his death. As he is buried in England I presume it was either from illness or in an accident? The contemporary newspaper article simply refers to his "death on active service"

    Can anyone help with any further details?

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    mogodonman, Hi,

    DAVID SALWEY
    Birth Q2 1919 Reg IoW 2b 843 (MMN Hildegard Studenmund)
    Death 6 Jun 1943 Reg Henley 3A 1461 (Lot of PR Units in that Reg Dist!!)
    Bur Botley (All Saints) Churchyard Plot S. Grave 11/16

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    Peter Davies
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    Hello,

    6 June 1943.
    542 Sqn


    Squadron Leader D Salwey DFC and Flight Lieutenant B Clegg DFC were killed in a mid-air collision during practice formation flying. The incident was over Nettlebed. Squadron Leader Salwey baled out had insufficient height to make a successful drop.

    David Salwey DFC, s/n 33399, age 24, son of the Revd Geoffrey and Hildegard Salwey of Botley Rectory. Died on 6 June 1943 and is buried in Botley (All Saints) Churchyard.

    Bernard Clegg DFC, s/n 33536 , son of James and Doris Clegg of Thornes, Wakefield. Died on 6 June 1943 and is commemorated at Leeds (Lawns Wood) Crematorium.

    See:
    RAF Benson A Diary of Wartime Losses.
    Ottaway,Reginald H.
    Andover:Speedman Press,2010.
    p.80

    Aircraft involved were: Spitfire PR.IV AA791 and PR.XIII BM350.

    Col.
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    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/_prodn%20list.txt

    AA791 PRIV 2075 HEA M45 FF 12-9-41 (X camera) 1PRU 13-9-41 FAAC 22-4-42 CRD VAWD 13-10-42 Benson 19-11-42 542S 14-12-42 air collision with BM350 crashed Nettlebed Oxon CE 6-6-43

    BM350 Vb CBAF M45 FF 25-3-42 37MU 28-3-42 402S 30-4-42 CB ops 11-6-42 AST VASM 15-10-42 fuel syst mods wing stiff HAL 31-12-42 Cv PRXIII M32 542S Benson 25-4-43 collision with AA971 Nettlebed Oxon CE 6-6-43

    Then if you look at the TNA scanned ORB, using the online veiwer, even with the degraded redacted images, you can see enough to see he was killed in a crash

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8414736 - see some details for 6th Jun

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8414737 - Record of events, no mention as it was non operational

    Click on "View Images"

    Also killed it seems:
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...legg,-bernard/

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