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    Default 4-1-1946 Dakota KN363 243 Sqn Crash

    4 January 1946 Dakota IV KN363 243 Sqn ditched off Hainan Island, South China Sea

    Four crew and two passengers rescued.

    Three passengers killed, I would like some information on these deceased passengers

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    Mark

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    Default Re: 4-1-1946 Dakota KN363 243 Sqn Crash

    The online newspaper The China Mail of 7 Jan 1946 unfortunately gives no names of the three passengers missing, but lists the other crew and occupants:
    F/Lt Richard Hendal, F/O John Tuck, W/O "Spud" Taylor, Flt Sgt Brian Jones, Sub Lt W.D. Bennett (RN) and LAC G. Jann, "an Australian Chinese".

    They were picked up by destroyer HMS Tenacious after 11 1/2 hrs (ditching 9.10 a.m - rescued 8.45 p.m.). Dakota on its way from Hong Kong to Saigon. You will have noticed that No. 243 Squadron ORB mentions accident but offers no further (personal) details whatsoever.

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    Default Re: 4-1-1946 Dakota KN363 243 Sqn Crash

    I think the three men lost were:
    Lt Col Ian Stewart ANNAND 45 202380
    P/O Ernest Frank BURNELL 24 152592 24 RN
    Sub Lt Peter Osborn BARNETT 23

    I am certain about the first two but I can't find the letter sent me by the RAF Air Historical Branch several years ago - I'll look again.

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    Default Re: 4-1-1946 Dakota KN363 243 Sqn Crash

    Can confirm the names given by Oldduffer below. A brief report appears in The Western Daily Press of 28 January 1946.

    DaveW

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    Default Re: 4-1-1946 Dakota KN363 243 Sqn Crash

    Somewhere in the back of my grey cells, I seem to recall that LAC Jann received an award for his attempts to get the radio comms working. I also recall something about the three guys being washed away in the sea after all had survived the ditching.

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    Default Re: 4-1-1946 Dakota KN363 243 Sqn Crash

    I have now located the letter from the AHB(RAF) and it contains a 2 1/2 page summary of the accident. Let me have a snail mail address and I'll post a copy to you.

    My email is: colincummings@tiscali.co.uk

    Colin Cummimgs

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    Default Re: 4-1-1946 Dakota KN363 243 Sqn Crash

    https://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/vet...d=915531&c=WW2 says:

    Gilbert JANN – RAAF (69640) born 9 July 1924 (Darwin). Enlisted 2 September 1942 in Sydney. Discharged in rank of LAC, 11 March 1946 while with No.21 Squadron (RAAF). Awards - “none for display”.

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