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    Default F/O WR Paget 437 Sqn

    Can someone tell me what aircraft this member of 437 Sqn was flying and give me the crew or passengers? I would image it's a Dakota. I notice this squadron was also involved in Operation Market Garden the week before.

    Name: PAGET, WILLIAM RICHARD
    Initials: W R
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 437 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 23/09/1944
    Service No: J/37545
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. B. 8.
    Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
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    Dakota III serial KG315 on re-supply mission to Arnhem. Hit by Flak and crashed 1 km SW of Driel - 17.00 hrs. Crew initially buried fieldgrave on crash location.
    Besides PAGET:
    F/O Donald S. JACK - RCAF J/37117;
    F/Sgt Denis O'SULLIVAN - RCAF R/171492;
    W/O Roy I. PINNER - RCAF R/172856, and
    despatchers of 223 Air Desp Coy RASC:
    Cpl Leslie J. CLARK - T1751089;
    Cpl Thomas H. BAXTER - T4853953;
    Driver Paul WILLIAMS - T14426212,
    Driver Frederick W. BEARDSLEY - T4981126.
    All rest now in the Oosterbeek (Airborne) War Cemetery.

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    I would suggest the following as members of the crew:

    FO Jack Donald Lawrence Pilot RCAF
    FSgt Denis Joseph O'Sullivan Nav
    WO1 Roy Irving Pinner WOp/AG

    it is also possible that some or all of the following were onboard when the aircraft was lost:

    Cpl Thomas Henry Baxter
    Cpl Leslie John Clarke
    Dvr Frederick Walter Beardsley
    Dvr Richard Charles Newth
    Dvr Paul Williams

    All were members of 223 Air Despatch Coy RASC operating on Dakotas.

    Regards

    Daz
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    Wonderful, thanks Daz and Henk.That's another of my Boys of Malvern High accounted for.
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    Appreciate that this thread is a bit old now....

    but can anyone provide a lat/long or equivalent for the crash site of Dakota III serial KG315 please?

    I know the family of one of the RASC personnel from that flight.

    Thanks!

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    This is what Google Earth shows, based on the description below.

    5157'9.90"N 547'45.47"E
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    There is also, on GE, a photo - at 51.949375 5.794882 - which purports to have been taken at that location on the 65th anniversary of MARKET GARDEN. However, the drop-box is blank (probably my inefficiencies!!) - no pic!!
    My own impact location estimate is 382 metres (bearing 162T) from David's! So I think we are in the right 'ball-park'?
    You need to contact the Mayor of Driel (or his office). They will either know, or know who does know, precisely where this a/c impacted!!
    An historical series of GE images may (rpt, may!!!) show soil/crop marks (depending on the season) - but I have my doubts!
    Best I can do!
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Many thanks for both replies.

    In between posting, I glanced at "Green On" by Arie-Jan Van Hees.

    Intriguingly, the book lists F/O Paget's aircraft as KG305 and the crash site as "1.5 SW of Driel, Keulse Kamp / Eldense Zeeg. I can see Kuelse Kamp but not the second location. I am assuming it means an arc from Keulse to the West towards another point.

    Grateful for your help, thanks
    Last edited by jmichael; 19th September 2016 at 19:55.

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