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    Default F/Sgt. Robert Wakefield Pearson, 419 Sqn

    Hi all, and best of the season to you. I am trying to find out how this fellow from Malvern High died. His crew appears to have been gardening that night but there is no loss of the a/c (a Wellington III?) that I have found. I am guessing he was killed en route or possibly wounded on an earlier mission and died later. Has anyone got access to the ORB for 419 Sqn or his casualty info?


    PEARSON, ROBERT WAKEFIELD
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 419 Sqdn.
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 06/07/1942
    Service No: R/78288
    Cemetery: BECK ROW (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD
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    Training accident Wellington X3556 of 419 Sq. Crashed 1 ml. W. of C atworth.

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    Thanks John, were all the crew lost or just him?
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    All the following are buried in the same cemetery per the CWGC cemetery register online.

    COWELL, RICHARD BRYAN BARNEY, R B B Pilot Officer ( W.Op./Air Gnr. ) J/15416 Row B. Grave 3
    PALMASON, STEFAN DOUGLAS, S D Flight Sergeant ( Pilot ) R/95316 Row B. Grave 5
    PATMORE, ALLEN WILLIAM, A W Leading Aircraftman R/77966 Row B. Grave 7
    PEARSON, ROBERT WAKEFIELD, R W Flight Sergeant ( Pilot ) R/78288 Row B. Grave 4
    WILLIAMS, CHARLES FRANKLIN, C F Flight Sergeant ( Air Gnr. ) R/75063 Row B. Grave 6

    Graves 2 and 8 are men from different dates.

    All are 419 Squadron men though the presence of a Leading Aircraftman and a Corporal is strange. Doesn't answer question if all men on the aircraft were killed.

    Also died that date from 419 Sqn was
    DENYER, KENNETH ERNEST VICTOR, K E V Corporal 575253 Royal Air Force
    buried in WORPLESDON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

    he died in St. Neots district, the same as the others listed above.

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    Last edited by dennis_burke; 22nd December 2008 at 15:23. Reason: Foudn another probable crew member.
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    Default LAC on supply flight?

    Many thanks Dennis for the names of the crew and posing the question about the LAC. Was he on a busman's holiday of some kind or is there a reason for someone of his station to be on a training flight. Possibly checking out the a/c in the air?

    sorry, mistake in the headline... should read training flight
    Last edited by dfuller52; 22nd December 2008 at 15:06. Reason: can't change word in headline
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    There were 10 airmen on this aircraft of which three were USAAF passengers two of whom were also killed.
    It is possible that in addition to the 5 RCAF aircrew the Cpl and LAC were also 'along for the ride'
    A P/O. A.L. Parnall RCAF and Pfc C. Nelson USAAF were injured but survived

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    W.R. Chorley's Bomber Command Losses for 1942 lists a total of TEN persons on board Wellington III X3556 (VR-L) on this training flight including 3 Pfc USAAF, two of whom died, a total of eight died.

    My guess is that they, LAC Patmore RCAF and Cpl Denyer RAF were on board just for the ride (Air Experience).

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    Wow, a costly flight for all of them. Did Air Experience count for something in your pay packet or chances for promotion? And what would the USAAF chaps be doing tagging along for a ride on an operational squadron's a/c, even though it was a training flight? Did crew often hitch rides like this?
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    It was certainly not unusual for non aircrew to fly (and die) on this sort of activity. Army personnel, WAAF's, Ground crew etc all paid the ultimate price. Not all such passenger content was officially sanctioned

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    I am fairly certain that taking a joy ride did NOT entitle said person to any flying pay! The flight alone was considered the reward by the free rider, and everybody in the air force knew that aeroplanes did indeed sometimes crash to earth with disastrous results. Only persons who had a right and a duty and carried certain responsibilities to be considered part of the crew of an aircraft were entitled to flying pay (including winch operators in drogue-towing aeroplanes, meteorological observers, and also I believe that ASC personnel aboard transport aircraft as "kickers" were entitled.
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