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    Default Aircraft crash near Northolt 28th October 1944

    Any one known of one please ?

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    This query is to do with the unaccounted death of Sqn Ldr Patrick Beverley Laing Meason 103564 on 28th Oct 1944 - Not Box Hill in Tiger Moth (source 2 books on 43 Sqn of which is was a C/O)

    I asked on Air Britain hoping someone who has the Tiger Moth Production List would confirm no accident that date - A reply is below..


    Sqn Ldr Laing-Meason DFC is buried at Northwood Cemetery Sec H Grave 377); Uxbridge may then have been the parent for Northwood (or indeed any London-based) service personnel. He was with No 83 Group Support Unit, formed at Redhill to maintain operational reserves of aircraft, which had subsequently moved to avoid the V1 threat and had been at Thorney Island for a month before his death. Although ASN has some 23 Tiger Moth accidents in 1944, none are near 28Oct44, nor are there any recorded at or near Box Hill, nor are there any other types likely on that day or the previous week. Malcolm's Tiger Moth archive has no records of Tiger Moth accidents that day nor at Box Hill.

    However, the on line Roll of Honour for Volunteers from Argentina who gave their lives in WWII states that he was killed in a Spitfire.


    Some else has suggested he following

    if a Spitfire then maybe Mk.XIV RM649 could be a candidate?
    An online listing suggests it had a flying accident on that date when on the books of 83GSU ... but nfd.
    His death registration at the Uxbridge Register Office suggests a convenient administrative location rather than a death location.

    Needs further work but looks like a good lead


    Serial Mark ConstructionNumber Factory Engine History
    RM649 XIV NULL CHA G65 33MU 10-6-44 91S 14-7-44 83GSU 5-10-44 FACE 28-10-44
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 25th November 2021 at 16:00.

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    Default Re: Aircraft crash near Northolt 28th October 1944

    Can anyone tell me how Sqn Ldr Patrick Beverley Laing Meason 103564 is recorded in the Casualty List ?? thanks Paul

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    Default Re: Aircraft crash near Northolt 28th October 1944

    Paul

    He's listed as 'Killed on Active Service' in Casualty Communiqué No. 478 in Flight Magazine of March 8th 1945, page 269.

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: Aircraft crash near Northolt 28th October 1944

    Simon

    Thanks - i was looking in 1944 :-( didn't think it would be a 6 month later listing), but considering he was from Argentina maybe to give NOK notification

    Killed certainly suggests a accident of some sort

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