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    Default Sgt Twitchen Beaufort N1146 Missing 10/9/40

    Dear All,

    I am reaserching the loss of Beaufighter L9797 that crashed into a row of houses in
    Ashington on the 6th June 1940.

    I think I have most of that story sorted now, however I am interested in a member of
    the crew that survived, a Sgt Twitchen (590984). He was the Obs on when L9797
    crashed, however I have been told by Ross that he was killed on the 10th September
    1940 when Beaufighter N1146 went missing on ops to Bolougne. He is also listed
    on the casualty dead of the RAF North Coates was memorial.

    However, I am having problems finding him on the CWGC. Does this mean he was
    something other than a member of the Commonwealth (Dutch/Norwegian?) or
    have I not been looking properly.

    I was also wondering why he would be the Observer in L9797 but the pilot
    in N1146.

    Any information would be great.

    Johnnie

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    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1809165

    HTH, Howard

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    Hi Johnnie
    Ross has both incidents in his Coastal Command Losses Vol 1 with Twitchen as Observer in both. As you will see CWGC spell his name slightly differently which can be significant when you search.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Thanks for both of those replies. I had tried changing to Twitchan but not
    Twitchin!!

    Do you have the entry for Coastal Command losses. If so could I trouble you for it.

    I was also wondering if 22 Squadron lost any other aircraft on the night of the 5/6
    of June when L9797 crashed at Ashington. I think it was the only aircraft of the Squadron
    to come down but I am not 100% sure.

    Thanks again.

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    I have checked both dates 5th & 6th June 1940. Only two 22 squadron airmen listed on cwgc for those dates:

    Sgt. Patrick O'Flaherty http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2809819

    Sgt. Llewellyn Edwin Thomas Harris http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2349717

    The squadron is not always listed with the details and there were a further 7 airmen for whom no squadron number is given (all execpt one of these are buried in the UK). HTH

    Howard

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    From Coastal Command Losses Vol 1/Ross McNeill-the only 22 Sqn loss recorded that night,
    Beaufort 1,L9797, Op. Ghent,-"While over Ashington,early in the morning of 6th(June) the a/c collided with a barrage balloon cable when avoiding searchlights. Subsequently an engine failed and P/O Westlake and Sgt Twitchen bailed out leaving the a/c to crash into a terrace house at 77 Fifth Row killing the 3 residents." The other 2 crewmen Sgt L E T Harris and Sgt P O'Flaherty both died.
    Regards
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    Thanks for all of the replies. I was wondering if anybody could give me the entry
    from Coastal Command Losses for Twitchen who was killed in N1146 on the
    10th of September.

    Johnnie

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    By a curious twist of fate, my stepson lives in Ashington and they came to visit last weekend. Turned out his partner's mother's "Auntie" was one of those killed in the house in fifth row.

    Howard

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    Hi Johnny
    From Coastal Command Losses Vol 1, Ross McNeill
    10/09/40-
    Beaufort I, N1146,OA-R Op:Boulogne, t/o from Bircham Newton at 0130, last heard on W/T at 0240.
    Sgt R D Gunn pilot
    Sgt S G Twitchin Nav
    Sgt J Murray W/op
    Sgt C S F Beer A/G
    Gunn is buried in Norfolk, Beer was recovered on Texel, Friesian Is, and is buried in Den Burg. The others were not recovered and are on the Runnymede Memorial
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 10th December 2007 at 18:35.

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    thats great. i was very keen to find out the take off time.

    johnnie

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