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    Default Unidentified OTU casualty 3/6/44

    Hello all, i am trying to identify the casualty for the following accident:

    On the 3rd June 1944 Whitley LA770, of 81 OTU suffered a port engine failure taking off, crashed and caught fire. According to the ORB the "Wireless operator died as a result."

    Can somebody help to identify this wireless operator as i have had no luck so far?!

    Cheers, Tom

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    Hello,

    According to the 38 Group Roll of Honour, this airman could be Flight Sergeant Clarence Stephen NICKSON, 81 OTU, who died on 8 June 1944. Perhaps did he died from wounds?
    If it can help: Clarence is buried in Wakefield Cemetery.
    I'm not at home so I can't help you more for the moment.
    Best regards.

    Bruno LECAPLAIN
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    Hi Tom
    Nickson,23, is registered at Wenlock which could mean he died in Cosford Hospital. Would that be a reasonable scenario for an 81 OTU accident?
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hi Bruno/Dick, great! Yes that sounds a likely candidate thank you and gives me something to work on. A number of 81 OTU's casualties died in Cosford after being involved in accidents around Tilstock, so fits well. I'll see if i can track down any relatives next!

    Many thanks, Tom

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    Default Clarence Stephen Nickson 1120869

    Quote Originally Posted by thorne83 View Post
    Hello all, i am trying to identify the casualty for the following accident:

    On the 3rd June 1944 Whitley LA770, of 81 OTU suffered a port engine failure taking off, crashed and caught fire. According to the ORB the "Wireless operator died as a result."

    Can somebody help to identify this wireless operator as i have had no luck so far?!

    Cheers, Tom
    Hello,
    Steve as he was known is my half uncle, most of the info below covers the incident, he was getting a lift home from Wenlock where he was a trainer of glider tug pilots, to Church Fenton in an Armstrong webley bomber that crashed, he died from burns on the 8th of June 1944 in Cosford hospital.

    let me know if you want any further info

    Richard

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    Hello Redparrot1967 and welcome to the forum,

    Rafweb.org confirms.


    Flt-Sgt Clarence Stephen Nickson (23) RAFVR (known as Steve) died on 8/6/44 as the result of injuries received on 3/6/44, in crash after take off from Tilstock.

    Ray.
    Last edited by angelsonefive; 21st January 2014 at 20:12.

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    Hello,

    A great thanks for these new info.
    Richard, have you got a photo of Steve?
    I thank you in advance.
    Best regards.

    Bruno
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    Hello

    Yes we have a photo of Steve with some family members in the garden in Lupset, i will scan and send it if you let me know where to send it, i could print one off and post, i have to ask, what is your interest ? not that it matters, just curious.

    Cheers

    Richard

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