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    Greetings!
    Wanting help finding any information regarding 658471 F/Sgt Herbert LIDGETT, killed in Sept 1943 whilst flying in Albemarle I, P1382 of No 296 Sqn, which ditched in the Med. off Pantelleria Island (nr Sicily) following an engine failure whilst delivering mail. Herbert was 26 when he died and was the son of Fred Benson Lidgett and Lilian Lidgett. I would be interested in anything related to this chap, and especially any pilot/crew members involved in this incident. Is there anyone out there that might be able to give info from a copy of the 296 Sqn ORB? The family are applying for his service records which should turn up soonish.
    Thanks in advance. Best wishes from Antalya, Jonathan
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    You will the most of the ORB on the TNA website using the veiwer
    http://www.ww2irishaviation.com/TNA_...guidelines.pdf

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    Thank you for the guidlines, Dennis, I'll pass this on to Herbert Lidgett's family members.

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    stiggy128, Hi
    Herbert LIDGETT
    b. 16 Nov 1916. (MMS Bolton) Reg (Q1 1917) Coventry 6d 1299.
    m1. Q3 1936 to Olive Lacy(?) Reg Leeds N 9b 888.
    m2. Q3 1939 to Irene V Page(?) Reg Bradfords 9b 245
    Sep 1939 Regist loc 18 Sunnybank Avenue, Pudsey M.B., Yorkshire (West Riding), England living with Irene V Lidgett (nee Shipman(?))
    Confirmed Herbert (no other Forename(s)) Lidgett TNA AIR 78/97/3 Image 30 Top Left with s/n 658471.
    Transferred from Army into the RAF(?) sometime after May 1941.
    d. 24 Sep 1943.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Stiggy:

    Looking at the TNA online, the record of loss appears on page 137 of the 296 Sqn ORB. It refers to a pilot's report from the court of inquiry in Appendix F - the appendices are also on the TNA site although I didn't trawl through those.

    Robert

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    To Add to Dennis's link

    The ORB page "Summary of Events" and "REcord of Events" all in one - > is https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...mageViewerLink

    Pages 130 and 137 have some basic information on the ditching of Albermarle P1382



    But what you need is the appendices https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...mageViewerLink

    Page 194-195 has a "Court of Inquiry " statement by the Pilot on the ditching of P1382. It has all the details you need and more.
    Page 195 gives the unfortunate description of 658471 Herbert Lidgett's last moments.

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    Many thanks to you Peter, Robert and Jagan. I was asked by my daughter to look into Herbert, and who wishes to present the findings to her boyfriend's 90 year old grandmother at Christmas. She is Herbert's daughter who was a very small child when her father went missing.

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