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    Default Silverstone OTU Wellington loss

    I have tried but failed to track down a Wellington crash into trees from a training take off incident at RAF Silverstone which would have occurred very late 1943 or more likely 1944. Two airmen lost there lives in the crash which I am assuming were 17 OTU students. I know it is rather vague but thought it would be possible to identify, anyone on the forum able to help at all. Thanks for looking.
    Colin.

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    Colin

    There is nothing in my database that fits the circumstances you list. Do you names of the deceased?

    DaveW

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    Dave.
    I can only add that the two reported casualties were a Rear Gunner and Wireless Operator and an instructor on board was called Shankland. I appreciate you trying to solve this one for me.

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    Hi,

    Date: 26 May 1945
    Unit: 17 OTU
    Type: Wellington X
    Serial No.: LN445
    Operation: Training
    Take Off: RAF Turweston
    Crew:
    F/O K G Kelly RAAF Injured
    Sgt F H Ennis Injured
    W/O A C Shankland Injured
    F/O[Air] D W H Furber 183229 Killed Uley (St Giles) Cemetery
    Sgt R C Develin 1901902 Killed Tramore C of I Churchyard
    Description: Took off from RAF Turweston but at 05:25 the port engine cut and the bomber flew into a tree, crashed and caught fire.(+) F/O Furber rests in Uley (St Giles) Churchyard, while Sgt Develin was taken home to Co. Waterford in the Irish Republic and laid to rest at Tramore (Christchurch) Church of Ireland Churchyard. Those who survived were treated at the Princess Mary’s Hospital at Halton.

    https://aviationresearch.my-free.website/17-otu-1945

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    Mojmir

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    Not sure how you turned up trumps here but thank you very much, this is without doubt the incident.

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    Australian NA has a A705 casualty file for this due to KELLY

    Item details for: A705, 166/22/514

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    KELLY, Kevin George - (Flight Sergeant); Service Number - 422571; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Wellington X LN445; Place - Whittlebury, Northlands, United Kingdom; Date - 26 May 1945
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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