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    Default 31/12/1943 Loss Nr Tywyn, Wales

    Hello All,

    I hope I've earned this question over the past few months:

    Can any one give a reason for the loss of the following three airmen Killed on Active Service:

    F/O AMOS, Cyril R - 138881 31/12/1943 Age 27 Mereioneth S (Pilot)
    Sgt BRIGGS, Thomas - 1227721 31/12/1943 Age 24 Mereioneth S (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Sgt FREEMAN, Trevor J - 1394987 31/12/1943 Age 20 Mereioneth S (Nav)

    All registered in the same district in Q1 of 1944. Amos is buried in Tywyn Cemetery and was a survivor of the crash of Liberator AL577 in Ireland the year previous.

    I don't think there are any other Commonwealth airmen killed in this case, at minimum they would likely be buried in the same Tywyn Cemetary.

    Thanks in advance.

    Dennis
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    Wellington IC X9666 21 OTU

    T /O 10.05 Moreton in Marsh for bombing practice combined with a navigation exercise. Whileover the Welsh mountains, the Wellington flew into cloud and began to ice over. Sighting water through a gap in the overcast, F/O Amos dived in order to try and establish a position. Unfortunately he failed to realise that high ground, shrouded in mist, lay between himself and the sea and c.12.20 his Wellington, descending at high speed, sliced into Ffrith Caenewydd, above Aberdovey, Merioneth and burst into flames. Amos was thrown the windscree, his terrible injries proving fatal. Miraculously, Mundell was not too badly hurt and he managed to free a very gravely injured North. Meanwhile, as Edward Doylerush reports in the second volume of 'No Landing Place' Hughes, a King's Scout and the brothers Alun and Lewis Jones had arrived at the scene and rendered invaluable aid (david Owen Hughes of the 1st Dovey Group later received the Scouts bronze Medal for his part in the rescue) in tending the injured. Amos, whose parents were of Delta Tigre, Buenos Aires, is buried in Towyn Cemetery, while Freeman and Briggs were taken to their home towns in Kent and Worcestershire.

    F/O C R Amos inj
    Sgt T J Freeman +
    Sgt P North inj
    Sgt T Briggs +
    Sgt A Mundell inj

    From Chorleys BC Losses Vol 7

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    Hi Dennis
    Don't know the cause for the loss but from CWGC it seems that apart from Amos they were all taken "home " for burial. Briggs to Worcester and Freeman to Erith in Kent. The next of kin for Amos are given as parents in Argentina, hence the burial ?local to the crash site.
    A 3 man crew suggests a Blenheim but at that time it was probably no longer fully operational, but may have been on something like Trials or Army Co-op or the like.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Many thanks Amrit and Dick,

    just dotting the i's and crossing the t's for some of the men on the Irish list.

    He was the only survivor from AL577 to die subsequently in service.

    From what I have found, his parents were born and married in England, Cyril and at least one sister were also born in England and another brother possibly was born in Argentina. But the family were resident in Argentina during the 1920's at least and his brother was an airline pilot post war. Cyril arrived in England in 1940 from Argentina.
    Many thanks

    Dennis
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 9th December 2008 at 11:42. Reason: Added Family Data
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