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    Default Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    All i posted this on ABIX and got the reply below


    Wade DSO, DFC & Two Bars (18 November 1916[1] 12 January 1944)


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_C._Wade

    was killed in an Auster crash on 12 January 1944

    1944-01-12 Auster WADE LANCE CLEO 68717 Wing Commander 12 DAF HQ

    But the ID of the Aircraft remains unknown

    In Malcolm Fillmore's "Auster Production Histories" (Air-Britain) is MT415:

    "Auster Mk.III MT415. To 20 MU Aston Down 28.7.43. To 47 MU Sealand 3.8.43 & shipped to North Africa 4.9.43 on J173. Crashed 12.1.44 & soc."

    This must be reasonable candidate but I wonder if MT415 can actually be tied down to this incident

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    With this interesting thread requiring further investigation. I thought that possibly Air-Britain's former 'Auster' specialist, Ian ONeill may be able to add further information regarding Auster III MT415 and Wg. Cmdr. Lance 'Wildcat' Wade. Ian's prompt concise reply, is word for word as follows:
    "Wg. Cmdr. Wade was killed flying a Spitfire Vc JK603 and not an Auster. Auster Mk.III MT415 blown up on 10.01.44, when it taxied over a landmine buried on a strip at Battipaglia, Salerno. The pilot Lt. J.V Garrard of 'A' Flight/655 Sqdn was killed and the a/c SOC 12.01.44". Thank you Ian.

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    Default Re: Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    That makes him

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    John Vanhouse Garrard
    Lieutenant
    Service Number: 140226
    Royal Artillery
    United Kingdom
    Died 10 January 1944
    24 years old

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    Default Re: Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    Yes indeed Paul, I saw that response. Thanks for doing the digging.
    It does beg the question of why he was thought to have been killed in an Auster in the first place?!
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    Default Re: Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    I wonder what was source for Auster ?? Does anyone know

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    Default Re: Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    Hi Paul

    I thought the source was the incorrect on many levels 2004 Aviation History Michael D Montgomery article - copied here

    https://www.historynet.com/lance-wad...hter-pilot.htm

    "Missing his old squadron mates, Wade decided to pay them a visit. On January 12, 1944, he flew a twin-engine Auster light bomber from the theater headquarters to No. 145’s base at Foggia, Italy. At the end of his visit, Wade climbed into the Auster and took off again. But as his plane climbed from the runway, it suddenly went into a spin and crashed. Wade was killed instantly."

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    Default Re: Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    Thanks Ross the rare twin engine light bomber version of the Auster

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    Default Re: Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    Another 'reference' on his death in an Auster

    https://www.google.com/books/edition...sec=frontcover

    American Eagles: US Fighter Pilots in the RAF 19391945 By Tony Holmes 2015

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    Default Re: Wing Commander Wade death 12 January 1944 not Auster related

    This post on TOCH with the full detail.

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpo...22&postcount=9

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