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    Default Halifax MZ633 - 415 Sqn - 21-8-1944

    Collided with Halifax NA609 in formation during transitflight from Exeter to Skipton-on-Swale and crashed SW of Selby, Yorkshire. Chorley (Vol.5 p.390) has six casualties, however Allison in his 'They Shall Grow Not Old' has also two technicians killed:
    Cpl (AEM) W.R. DICKSON - RCAF R/87940, and
    Sgt (AFM) E. HENLEY - RCAF R/64186, both buried Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery.

    Who may confirm.
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    Hugh's RCAF awards site does place him on the aircraft.

    http://www.airforce.ca/wwii/ALPHA-DI.html

    DICKSON, Corporal William Rodger (R87940) - Mention in Despatches - No.9432 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - deceased - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Fitter IIE. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 15 August 1944. Home in Lang, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 1 February 1941; nine months service in Canada, 45 months in UK. Killed in a flying accident (Halifax MZ633) on 21 August 1944; buried in UK.

    Corporal Dickson's untiring efforts and high standard of work have added greatly to the proficiency of his station. The zealous manner in which he has carried out his duties has at all times been of great encouragement to those working under him.

    his death is registered in Selby district, age 38.
    Henley is likewise registered in Selby, Age 36

    I can check a few of the fligth crew also if that would help.

    Hugh does llist B E Wilmot from the crew, also buried Harrogate Cemetery, also registered Selby, Age 21
    http://www.airforce.ca/wwii/ALPHA-WI.html

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    Last edited by dennis_burke; 6th October 2008 at 09:04. Reason: Added Wilmot data
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks Dennis for confirmation. I've all other info on crew.
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