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    Hi All

    Boston, W8367 of 107 Sqn ditched off Dover and the pilot was killed whilst the other two crew were rescued, according to Chorley.

    However, according to CWGC another 107 airman was lost on this day - THWAITE, DONALD PARR; Cpl 936982 and his death was registered in Dover, so was he also aboard W8367?

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    Was LARMOUR, GEORGE YORKE; Sgt 921394 flying in Blenheim IV, T2056 of No 105 Sqn which collided with Blenheim IV, T1828 of No 25 Sqn near Thrapston on Northamptonshire. His death is registered at Thrapston

    All the best

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm
    Warner's "Blenheim" records that Sgt G Larmour(Obs) was killed in the collision between T1828 and Beaufighter R2036(sic). Sgt P Swan RAAF(Pilot) baled out and was injured. As the book is about Blenheims one may presume they were on T1828 but there is no mention of any other casualties and Warner does record both a/c as being of 25 Sqn and a pilot/obs combination would fit a Beaufighter. Jefford- RAF Squadrons in fact has 25 Sqn as flying Havocs over the period of the loss and only having had Blenheim I's. He does record Blenheim IV's on 105 Sqn until Dec'41 overlapping with Mosquitos from Nov'41.Given your date in Apr 42 there may be some reason to be cautious about the information available.
    The incident as recorded in Air Britain Serials has the 2 a/c as Blenheim IV's T1828 and T2056(sic) of 25 and 105 Sqns respectively, recording that 105 Sqn was the previous "owner" of T1828. AB Serials has R2036 as Lysander transferred to the FFAF
    EDIT- 26/7/09. From Jefford RAF Squadrons 25 Sqn had both Beaufighters and Havocs at the time of interest. Air Britain records that both a/c were Blenheim IV's with T serials but R2056 is recorded a one of a batch of Beaufighters that crashed on 1/4/42 nr Wittering and was of 25 Sqn and it looks as though with all my sources there has been some misreading of types and serials
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    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 26th July 2009 at 08:32.

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    Hello Malcolm/Dick,

    Re: 921394 LARMOUR,G Y.

    1 April 1942
    105 Sqn
    Blenheim IV T1828 GB-
    Training

    Collided in the air, at 3,000 feet, and just below the cloud base, with a Beaufighter R2056 from 25 Squadron, piloted by Sgt D E A Welsh*. Both aircraft came down in the vicinity of Thrapston, 8 miles E of Kettering, Northamptonshire.

    Sgt P H Swan RAAF Inj. (Later DSO, DFC and Bar.)
    Sgt G Y Larmour +

    * In all probability, 655052/129959 Dennis Frederick Austen WELSH RAFVR. + 16-11-43 No.141 Sqn Mosquito DZ266. Stalled at Wittering aerodrome on take-off 15-11-43 . Nav./W.Op. 139951 F/O William George RIPLEY DFM RAFVR + 16-11-43.

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Vol.3 1942
    Chorley,W.R.
    Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Pubs.,1994.
    p.58

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 26th July 2009 at 01:00. Reason: minor correction

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    Hi Col

    Many thanks.

    I don't know how I missed the entry in Chorley.

    Malcolm

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