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    Default Sunderland PP103 crash Seletar 27/11/1946 209 Squadron Casualties

    On 27th November 1946 shortly after 0153 hours PP103 of 209 Squadron took off from Seletar bound for Kai Tak when both starboard engines failed at a height of 800 feet and the aircraft crashed into the water.Six of the crew and seven passengers were killed. I have the occupants as follows:-
    F/Lt Donald William John SAVAGE 152388 RAF(VR)
    F/Lt Alan Charles ROGERS 132730 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt John Walter WATTS 1573862 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt Paul ROBERTS 1623639 RAF(VR)
    W/O POPLAR
    F/O David John EVANS 181341 RAF(VR)
    W/O Albert Donald HATTON 1831882 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt Peter Claude LA NAUZE 1891328 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt Robert Alexander MCKAIG 1568821 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt Wilfred PEACOCK 1033463 RAF(VR)
    F/Lt John Walter TINKLER 47318 RAF

    Does anyone know the full identity of W/O Poplar, and the seven unidentified passengers who were killed, plus any that survived.
    F/Sgt Roberts later wrote an account of the crash which can be seen here
    https://www.rushdenheritage.co.uk/wa...ulRoberts.html
    It makes for interesting reading. He mentions of the passengers, one was a Brigadier, there were several civillians, and two Canadians of Japanese origin, who were interpreters.
    A CWG search shows the following casualties in Singapore on that day other than the crew known to have died as:-
    Major William Charles COX 216439 Royal Army Service Corps
    Lieutenant Harry FIELDHOUSE OBE 85126 Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    Sepoy Abdul GHAFUR 17746 9th Jat Regiment Indian Army
    Naik GOVINDASWAMI 35935 Indian Signals Corps
    Any assistance would be very much appreciated

    Thanks

    Chris

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    It would appear that posting something on here provides me with the inspiration to explore new avenues:-
    http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers
    Newspaper confirm the following were killed in the crash
    Lt/Col Harry FIELDHOUSE 85126 Royal Army Ordnance Corps (passenger)
    Maj William Charles COX 216439 Royal Army Service Corps (passenger)
    Mr Audun LOTHE, Norwegian Diplomat (passenger)
    Capt N STAVE, Norwegian Merchant Navy (passenger)
    Mr E M CATTELL Civilian banker (passenger)
    Mr Frank CHADWICK Civilian (passenger)
    Mr A A ZALMANOFF, Russian civilian (passenger)

    I will keep digging to see if I can find out more about them, but W/O Poplar and the identity of the two interpreters referred to by F/Sgt Roberts remain unknown.

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    Chris

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    Hello,

    The crash of No.209 Sqn Sunderland V PP103 occurred on 27 March, 1946, not 27 November, 1946.

    Col.

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    Sorry clumsy fingers and a very early hour

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    Hi Chris,

    My Great Uncle was Lt.Col. Harry Fieldhouse OBE and he perished in this aircrash. I was previously aware of Paul Robert's eyewitness testimony but I had misplaced it and a recent search for it again lead me to your post here on this forum.

    Harry was born in Belfast, he was the 6th child of 11 and he had 5 brothers and 5 sisters. His father was originally from England but migrated to Belfast in the early 1900s where he worked, amongst other ships, on the Titanic in the Harland & Wolff shipyard.

    Harry joined up and moved back to England when he was posted to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC). He spent the Second World War in various postings across the Middle East and the Far East. He was awarded the OBE in June 1945 for gallant and distinguished service in Burma and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, though I believe this was a temporary rank due to the attrition of officers during the war.

    On 27 March 1946 Harry was ADOS - Ammunition (Assistant Director Ordnance Services), assigned to Ordnance Directorate, HQ ALFSEA (Allied Land Forces South East Asia). The family don't know much about the reason why he was flying that morning other than he was tasked to deal with an ammunition accident in Hong Kong. Ironically Harry's luck was in direct contrast to that of the person in Paul Robert's testimony who was refused access to the flight because he was drunk, thereby saving his life. Harry was, unfortunately, travelling on his last job as ADOS - Ammunition and if the accident in Hong Kong had been somewhat later he would not have been on that flight in his capacity as ADOS. Such is the cruel twist of fate.

    Harry was buried in the Wing Loon Cemetary, Singapore on 30 March 1946 before being re-interred in the Kranji Military Cemetary, Singapore on 9 September 1946.

    RIP Lt. Col. H. A. Fieldhouse OBE.



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    David

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    David

    Thank you so much for that information, it is always nice to hear more about the names and people that I come across. I hope you have found this useful. Your great uncles recommendation for the OBE is on the National Archives web site, in case you haven't seen it here is the link
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D7386666

    All the best
    Chris

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    There are 5 Poplar’s in TNA AIR 78/128/3 c. Image 122.
    Poplar W F 358356
    Poplar Leonard Charles 1393661
    Poplar George David 1472774
    Poplar Edward Charles 1621378
    Poplar Geoffrey 4281022

    Poplar, W F too old.
    Poplar, Geoffrey still in 3-cornered trousers at the time of the incident!

    Enlistments:-
    Poplar Leonard Charles 1393661 Euston 01-Aug-40 30-Nov-41
    Poplar George David 1472774 Cardington 01-Apr-41 30-Sep-41
    Poplar Edward Charles 1621378 Cardington 01-Oct-41 30-Sep-42

    All could fit

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Thank you Peter

    I am working through all my 'gaps' with AHB piecemeal at the moment four at a time (it takes a while but they are very helpful). I reckon they will probably have the answer. When I get to 1946 and get a reply I will let you know.

    Chris

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    358356 William Frederick Poplar Born 1902

    Hsi service record says he enlisted 4 years in Class E reserve from Nov 1938 and his civil job was Acetylene Welder

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    Thanks Paul

    Are you saying he is THE W/O Poplar involved in this or the W F Poplar identified by Peter from the Air 78

    Chris

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