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    Hello,

    470113 - Unaccounted Airmen - 13 - 01-1947

    From Henk's List -

    SOUTH AFRICA
    RUTHENBERG, E. V. - Air Mechanic - 280057 - SAAF.
    Cape Town ( Maitland ) Cemetery, Western Cape, South Africa.

    UK
    BAILLIEU, Alfred John - LAC - 1430302 - RAFVR.
    Birmingham ( Witton ) Cemetery, Warwickshire.
    LOWE, Denis - F/O(Nav) - 184664 - RAFVR.
    Newcastle-Upon-Tyne ( West Road ) Crematorium, Northumberland.

    From CWGC -

    Nil.

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 13th October 2018 at 00:46.

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    Hi

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    BAILLIEU, Alfred John - LAC - registered in Birmingham.
    LOWE, Denis - F/O(Nav) - registered in Dartford, 2nd Qtr.

    Malcolm

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    Hello

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    LOWE, Denis - F/O(Nav) - 184664 - Dakota G-AGJX of BOAC (ex-FL604). The Yorkshire Post of January 15th 1947 reported the following:

    Dakota Death Roll Now Seven
    Total fatal casualties in the Dakota crash at Stowting, near Folkestone, on Saturday rose to seven yesterday, with he death in Joyce Green Hospital, Dartford, of the navigator, Flight-Lt. Dennis [sic] Lowe (21), of Gateshead-on-Tyne.


    and from the Dover Express of June 6th 1947 (hence the 2nd quarter registration):

    VERDICT IN KENT AIR CRASH
    Sitting last week for the fifth time in connection with the Dakota crash at Stowting, near Ashford, on January 11th, when eight people were killed, the deputy coroner for East Kent, (Mr. Wilfred Mowll), recorded a verdict of accidental death in each case. Having referred to the report of the Chief Inspector of Accidents for the Ministry of Civil Aviation that the aircraft was serviceable and its weight at the take off was less than the maximum permissible load, the Coroner said it was most unfortunate accident due to many contributing factors, including bad weather.


    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello Simon,
    I did see on line that some time ago a photo of the wreckage was sold on eBay. Tried to copy/paste but it would not work :(

    As for losses.
    Aboard were 5 crew and 11 passengers.
    Killed/died were 4 crew and 4 passengers.
    It seems that 2 crew and 3 passengers were killed in the crash, 1 crew died on the 12th, another crew died on the 14th and finally another passenger died on the 15th.
    The only names I could find so far are
    Captain I. R. Goalen(pilot). Killed
    Captain B.J.Ward ( 1st Officer).
    R/O. Mr. R.D.Sanford.
    Nav. Denis Lowe. Killed
    Baby Christine Saunders.
    Marjorie Saunders ( babies mother).
    Polly( Olive Mildred) Andrews.
    Tom Horabin MP.( injured).
    Any info on the other crew and passengers names/fate ?

    Thanks
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 17th October 2018 at 23:23.

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    Hello,

    The Times of Monday, January 13, 1947, reported the following:

    AIR CRASH NEAR FOLKESTONE.

    Folkestone, Jan.12.

    The following statement was issued yesterday by B.O.A.C.:-

    The casualties among passengers and crew of the Dakota which crashed near Ashford, Kent, yesterday, were:-

    Killed.

    Passengers:
    Mr. J.T.J. Murphy
    Mr. R.Mallinson
    Mr. M.Pooles

    Crew.
    Captain I.R.Goalen
    Captain B.J.Ward (First Officer)
    Radio Officer R.D.Sandford

    Injured.

    Passengers:
    Mr.J.L.Brent
    Mrs.O.M.Andrews
    Lt. W.Stevenson
    Mr.T.L.Horabin M.P.
    Mr.J.Havrlick*
    Mr.K.Maddocks
    Mrs.Marjorie Saunders
    Christine Saunders (Her infant daughter)

    Crew:
    Navigating Officer D.Lowe
    Steward A.J.Hagen

    Obviously, some of the injured died later.

    * Actually, Stanislav Arnost HAVRLIK + 15/1/1947 - https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...7953/page/2161

    There is a photo of the wrecked fuselage of the Dakota on p.6 of the same issue of The Times (clearly showing the astrodome).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 18th October 2018 at 02:47.

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