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    470325 - Unaccounted Airmen - 25 - 03 -1947

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    ITALY
    PREMRU, Joseph - ( Yugoslavian ) - AC2c - 722508 - RAFVR.
    PUSNIK, Henrik - ( Yugoslavian ) - AC2c - 719364 - RAFVR.
    The two airmen both rest in Padua War Cemetery, Italy.

    UK
    FORDHAM, Brendan Hugh - W/O - 1239594 - RAFVR.
    Tynemouth ( Preston ) Cemetery, Northumberland.
    McINTOSH, Alexander Benjamin - AC2c - 1785285 - RAFVR.
    Glasgow ( St. Kentigern's ) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Glasgow.
    WEST, Sidney Charles - AC2c - 2331476 - RAFVR.
    City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery, London.

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    AUSTRALIA
    BATZLOFF, Douglas William - F/Lt - 440593 - RAAF.
    LANGFORD, Frank Edward - F/Lt - 412976 - RAAF - D.F.C.
    The above named airmen both rest in Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia.

    SINGAPORE
    MAKIN, David - Pilot II - 576921 - RAF - 84 Sqn.
    MELLOR, Donald - Cpl - 1817941 - RAFVR - 84 Sqn.
    The above two airmen rest in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.
    [ Both were crew in Beaufighter X - RD813 - 84 Sqn ].

    UK
    HALL, Bernard Edgar - Lt(E) - HMS Gannet - RN - 778 Sqn FAA.
    Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Hampshire.
    [ Seafire L.3 - PX944 - 778 Sqn FAA ].

    Alex

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    ITALY
    PREMRU, Joseph - ( Yugoslavian ) - AC2 - 357 MU.
    PUSNIK, Henrik - ( Yugoslavian ) - AC2 - 357 MU.

    UK
    FORDHAM, Brendan Hugh - W/O - registered in Tynemouth.
    McINTOSH, Alexander Benjamin - AC2 - Scotland?.
    WEST, Sidney Charles - AC2 - registered in Biggleswade.

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    McINTOSH, Alexander Benjamin - AC2c - 1785285 - the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website records that he died at 1.45 a.m. at 318 North Woodside Road, Glasgow, due to pulmonary TB and cardiac failure.

    WEST, Sidney Charles - AC2c - 2331476 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at the Three Counties Emergency Hospital, Stotfold, Beds. The Biggleswade Chronicle of April 11th 1947 reported that he was knocked down by a taxi whilst walking along a road with three other airmen near the Bedford Road - Turnpike Lane crossroads, Ickleford on March 23rd. A verdict of Accidental death was returned by the Coroner.

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    BATZLOFF, Douglas William - F/Lt - 440593 - RAAF.
    LANGFORD, Frank Edward - F/Lt - 412976 - RAAF - D.F.C. - the ADF Serials website has them in Mosquito A52-607 (NS695):

    http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a52.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    Also:

    AUSTRALIA
    BATZLOFF, Douglas William - F/Lt - 440593 - RAAF.
    LANGFORD, Frank Edward - F/Lt - 412976 - RAAF - D.F.C. - the ADF Serials website has them in Mosquito A52-607 (NS695):

    http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a52.htm

    Regards

    Simon
    Simon,

    There are several errors in the account given on the ADF Serials site. Firstly, the date was 25 March, 1947, not 27 March, 1947, the unit was the Survey Squadron, not Flight*, and the Mosquito was heading south, not north, as stated.

    * The Survey Flight became the Survey Squadron, effective 1 November, 1946.

    Batzloff had an interesting career, as the following indicates:

    Three Mosquito PR Mk XVIs were written off in 1947. On 17 January A52-620 swung on take-off at Parafield, South Australia, its undercarriage collapsed and before it came to rest the port propeller had been wrenched off and the mainplane extensively damaged. The crew, Flight Lieutenant Ted Langford DFC** and Flying Officer Doug Batzloff escaped uninjured. On 11 March, at Fairbairn (Canberra, A.C.T.), A52-603 also swung on take-off and came to rest on its belly. On this occasion the crew comprised Flight Lieutenant Sel Cutler and newly promoted Flight Lieutenant Batzloff, at the time a spare navigator on the (Survey) Squadron. Again both men were not injured. The tendency to swing on take-off was a well known Mk XVI trait, sometimes caused by failure of the boost aneroid. The situation inevitably caused a violent swing which was uncontrollable. The only way it could be countered was to throttle back and start again.

    From the third crash, a fortnight later, Doug Batzloff did not survive. A52-607, flown by Flight Lieutenant Langford/Flight Lieutenant Batzloff, had been on detachment at Rockhampton surveying the Burdekin River basin and were flying south to go on leave when the accident occurred. In poor visibility and adverse weather conditions, A52-607 crashed into the 2,800 feet high Saddle Mountain, 20 miles south-east of Townsville late in the afternoon of 25 March. Hopes that the crew were alive were high after flares and a possible Morse message flashed by light were seen that evening, but when the searchers found the crash location six days later, the charred bodies of both airmen were found in the burnt remains of the aircraft.

    ** 412976 Frank (Edward) LANGFORD RAAF was awarded his DFC for services on No.90 Sqn RAF (LG: 25 January,1946, award effective 23 May,1944). See also: BCL8/57 - 27 July, 1943 - 1657 HCU - Stirling I EF344.

    See:
    Mosquito Monograph A History of Mosquitoes in Australia and R.A.A.F. Operations.
    Vincent,David.
    Highbury:Author,1982.
    p.161.

    Peter Dunn has a few interesting things to say about this incident:

    https://www.ozatwar.com/ozcrashes/qld127.htm

    I would also treat some of this information with caution.

    Batzloff was also involved in an incident at Fairbairn RAAF Base (A.C.T.), on 16 May, 1946, when Survey Flight Mosquito PR XVI A52-612 was damaged beyond repair.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 31st December 2018 at 00:53.

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