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    Who here please DaveW?? can sort out the wheat from the chaff on the Flypast forum

    http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?p=1202113#post1202113

    I see all sorts of claims, but no phyiscal evidence - i.e a serial..

    It is RAF, USAAF or RCAF

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    Could this be the crew spoken of? all from 408 Squadron

    BRITLAND, GEORGE DOUGLAS Sergeant 2167A 11/07/1944 27 Royal Canadian Air Force Canadian 52. D. 4. BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY

    BUCKBERROUGH, ROBERT CLARKE (BOB) Pilot Officer J/90667 11/07/1944 22 Royal Canadian Air Force Canadian 52. D. 7. BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY

    SHAW, ERNEST ANSON Pilot Officer J/86367 11/07/1944 30 Royal Canadian Air Force Canadian 52. D. 6. BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY

    SMITH, GRANT LYMAN Flying Officer J/29977 11/07/1944 22 Royal Canadian Air Force Canadian 52. D. 5. BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY

    WAYCHUK, WALTER SIMEON Flying Officer J/29371 11/07/1944 29 Royal Canadian Air Force Canadian 52. D. 8. BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY

    HTH ???

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    LL675 (Chorley Vol.5 p.326). Crashed near Eaton, 7 miles NNE of Melton Mowbray, Leics., 03.00h. Also killed Sgt (Flt Eng) Francis C. GRIEVE - 577530, buried Melton Mowbray (Thorpe Road) Cem. (UK2179).
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    Gents

    Some years ago I vsited this ancient monument, known locally as 'Alfs Tower' and the old boy who looked after the place, took the entrance money etc, was an aviation researcher and he had been searching for the id of the airctraft that had crashed into the pinnacle of the tower in 1944. His view then was that it had been a Mosquito, but he did also mention the possibility that it could have been a Norseman. I took the detaills and promised to let him know if I uncovered anything.

    Some time after, probably in 2003, I did learn the circumstances of the crash, but by then the old gent had retired from the tower and my enquiries at the estate office with a view to contacting him came to nothing.

    On 10th July 1944 a Norseman UC-64a 43-5344 assigned to 320th Air Transport Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group, USAAF, was tasked to transport a Lockheed Hudson V wheel and tyre required to repair an a/c of this type at Prestwick. On approaching the the Somerset/Wiltshire border in thick fog, the pilot requested permission to land at Zeals. Flying Control refused permission because of the bad weather conditions and shortly after the a/c struck the pinnacle of Alfred's Tower positioned on the hill just north of the airfield. It crashed on Hillcombe Farm, South Brewham killing the pilot 1st Lt Wilfred Malone , Master Sgt Lloyd F Cheek and Cpl Henry Mazzie. The two NCOs were to instal the replacement wheel on arrival at Prestwick.

    The 6 cwt finial was replaced on 25th June 1986 by a helicopter from Yeovilton.

    Details from 'Wings over Wiltshire'

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    Dave

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    To complete the picture


    Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman

    FRom Joe Baughers serial site


    5344 (c/n 335) to salvage Jul 13, 1944


    and also

    http://pweb1.mts.net/~donmag/Aircraft.htm

    I wish I had found this site earlier - But it would have only give a 'clue'

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    Thanks from me also guys, all interesting stuff.
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