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    Can anyone shed any light on a crash that happened on 22 Feb 1942 (maybe in Devon, but in the UK anyway) which killed Gordon Alexander (poss the pilot)? The 'plane involved was a Lysander and it may have been a mid-air collision on a training exercise.

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    Details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for this man are as follows:

    ALEXANDER, GORDON REDVERS MITCHELL
    Flight Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    16 Squadron
    Age 20
    630576
    Son of George David Alexander, and of Isabella Wilson Alexander, of Low Pittington, Co. Durham.
    Buried Benwell (St James) Churchyard

    Maybe someone who has details about 16 Squadron will have more details.

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    Linzee,

    Thank you very much; we are grateful for your time and help. We will see if anyone has any info about what happened to him.

    Helen

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    Helen
    Devon could be right, although I don't know exactly where, as Alexander's death is registered at Totnes in the 1st Qtr of 1942 and 16 Sqn were at the time flying out of Weston Zoyland and Okehampton. As an Air Gunner he would have been on one of the final Lysander flights on the Sqn as by Apr 42 they had moved to Hampshire and converted to the Mustang , a single seat fighter with no place for an Air Gunner. At 20 he could have been posted to Bomber or Coastal Command or perhaps to the Middle East where A/G's were still needed
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    From AB Serials

    Lysander IIIa V9507 collided with Hurricane IIc BE586 of 247s at Totnes on 22-Feb-42 and burnt out. Have the pilot as F/O K.S. Booth (both crewmen killed). Hurricane pilot F/O G.E. Musgrove also died

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    Hello Helen,

    I am a little curious, but does there exist a book about 16 Sqn by J. L. Dixon from Bridlington, East Yorkshire. He did research back in 1959, with the intention to write a book.

    Maybe a good lead to learn more about the fate of Gordon Alexander.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1959/1959%20-%202761.html

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    Finn Buch

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    Hi
    From memory there is something in the SRB for Exeter at the NA/PRO, but it was very little.
    I recall from memory ..
    Info requests (80's) in Totnes papers, very little info came back, only that the hurricane dived straight into the river, and the rumour was the lysander was something to do with SOE...
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    I have the location of this incident as 'Race Marsh, Totnes', (ABS) but I have not been able to find such a place on OS.

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    Thank you everyone; my brother was in the RAF as a pilot for 8 years and came up against a brick wall when trying to research this accident. We knew there had been a collision and I recall my grandmother saying her brother had been involved in "secret" operations so nothing was really explained to the family at the time.

    V grateful for all your help.

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    Gents,
    Race Marsh (sic) probably Devon ? I've second crewmember on Lysander: F/Sgt (Ag) Gordon R.M. ALEXANDER - 630576.
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    Henk.

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