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    Default F/S William Henry Mathias - 1836211 - Died 14/9/45 - 644 Sqd

    Hi everyone,

    Is it all possible for anyone to provide information concerning the above airmen.

    F/S Mathias is buried in Bath (Haycombe) Cemtery.

    Any information gratefully received.

    Kindest Regards.

    Steve.

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    Googling around and using Geoff Sullivans Website finds:

    http://www.rafdavidstowmoor.org/pages/crash_log/crashlog45.htm
    14-09-1945

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    Handley Page Halifax VII PN305 9U-W of 644 Squadron based at Tarrant Rushton, Dorset crashed at Priddacombe, Bolventnor. The aircraft was completely wrecked and all 21 on board killed.

    http://www.bolton.org.uk/guestbook.html
    The above link lists all casualties from Cummings, the Price of Peace.

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    From: JIMGARNETT@terra.es.dele.te (Jim Garnett)
    Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 16:19:45 +0200

    My brother, Flt. Lt. J.C.Garnett, was killed in the following accident. Our family were from Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, and I was lead to believe that one member of the crew listed below was from Halliwell. Does anyone remember him?

    From 'The Price of Peace; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses Between VE-Day and End of 1945' by Colin Cummings:

    14 September 1945 PN305 Halifax VII 644 Sqn. Bolventor Cornwall. 21k. The aircraft was en-route from its base at RAF Tarrant Rushton to the Azores and was carrying a crew of 7 and 14 passengers. Due to an electrical failure, the dingy inflation valve was activated and the dingy blew up, came out of its wing stowage and fouled the tailplane assembly, restricting the elevators The pilot lost control and the aircraft dived into the ground. This was almost a repeat of an accident reported earlier in the book. The local press reports and the initial reports in the Accident Card, indicates that there were only 12 fatalities but the list below confirms the true scale of this tragedy. Additionally, some reports suggested that there were WAAF's aboard the aircraft but this was not so. By a stroke of fate, one of those on board the aircraft lived in the area of the accident and his death is registered in his home parish.


    Flight Sergeant Clifford William AKERS 27
    Flying Officer Peter Stafford BRIGGS
    Flight Lieutenant Jeremiah Charles GARNETT
    Flight Sergeant William MATHIAS 20
    Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Percival ORMESHER 22
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Alan Ralph TITFORD 21
    Flight Lieutenant Gerald Theodore BAILEY 23 DFC
    Flying Officer Alan John REARDON 23
    Leading Aircraftman Leonard Roy Victor COX 23
    Aircraftman 1st Class Patrick FITZGIBBON
    Leading Aircraftman Cecil Everard Charles HOBOROUGH
    Leading Aircraftman Roy William NICHOLLS
    Corporal Henry Phillip MILLS 26
    Leading Aircraftman Selwyn THOMAS 25
    Leading Aircraftman Thomas Smith WALLACE 35
    Leading Aircraftman Ernest Raymond RICHINGS
    Leading AircraftmanStanley PRICE
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Dennis MARTIN
    Leading Aircraftman Edward Joseph LYNOTT 21
    Leading Aircraftman Edwin Arthur George PETTIFER
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Robert OWEN 18

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    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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