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    Default Whitley V BD556 296 Squadron 8 August 1942

    Looking for information on this Whitley. Crew names and history of the aircraft, anything. Many thanks

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    Andy,
    From:- https://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1366682#
    Aircraft BD556 with 296 squadron crashed at Penton Mewsey, Hampshire, while lost, on 08/12/1942.
    Note date.
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    Hi Andy, are you sure with the date? This aircraft was lost on 8.12.1942:

    https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/airmen...-waterman-raf/

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Andover FREEBMD Deaths Q4 1942 (subtracting females, and over/under-age) gives:-

    Long Thomas J A 23 Andover 2c 293
    Griffin Jack E F 24 Andover 2c 293
    Street Peter 21 Andover 2c 294
    McDonald Peter J 30 Andover 2c 296
    Swift Cyril M 23 Andover 2c 297
    Bradshaw Arthur 25 Andover 2c 298
    Holder Derrick F 19 Andover 2c 301
    Bellin Harold 28 Andover 2c 302
    Cooper Derek 23 Andover 2c 303

    1065217 LAC Harold Bellin is the only one who appears on CWGC – but no Unit! RAFWEB has him - but no details!
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    Andy (et al)
    BD556 was on a night NAVEX and impacted Sidown Hill, Burghclere (GE 51.314400 -1.361430) at 0600 8 Dec 42 (NB This is 10nm from Penton Mewsey!). The Vis was quite good, Cloud almost complete cover @ 1500/2000ft (Sidown Hill is 837ft ASL), Wind moderate W/SW. It was dark.
    The crew of 4 were all killed (Deaths Reg at Kingsclere)
    920868 Flt Sgt J E Westfield, RAFVR, 23.
    Fg Off R L Ewert, RNZAF (414383), 26.
    Fg Off G G O’Connell, RAFVR (66500), 22.
    1380183 Sgt E J Waterman, RAFVR, 21(?).
    Possibly another example of somebody trying to transit the N Hants downs via the A34 “gap” in marginal weather? (A USAAF B-17 hit the same hill on 5 May 45, and there was another fatality a few miles further south down the A34).
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    From Vol One of my For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 :

    Army Co-operation Command
    Low level cross country exercise
    296 Squadron, RAF (Andover, Hampshire - 38 Wing)
    Whitley V BD541 - believed to have taken off at about 1420, but in low cloud crashed 70 minutes later into trees on the top of Sidown Hill, a mile west of Burghclere, and caught fire. The four crew died, the captain and an RAF wireless operator-air gunner both being buried at Andover.
    Captain: NZ414383 Fg Off Robert Leslie EWERT, RNZAF - Age 26. 384hrs (232 solo - 73 on Whitley) 5 ops.

    Errol

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