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    Default Anson N4966 Nr Garth,Denbighshire.

    Hi All,

    Can anyone please help with the crew of this aircraft who were all killed on 21/8/42, I can only find the pilot`s name and there are too many on Geoff`s database to tie in date wise.

    N4966.
    CNS.
    CRANAGE
    21/8/42.
    1 ML WEST OF GARTH,LLANGOLLEN, DENBIGHSHIRE.

    PILOT: SGT DENNIS ARMSTRONG WAPSHOTT. 656707. RAFVR (K)

    Any help very much appreciated.

    Regards
    Dave.

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    Hi Dave

    If Wapshott was the pilot, he was registered in Wrexham and so were the following: -

    ECKERSLEY, JOHN FRANCIS; LAC 639419
    SEARLE, HARRY DOIDGE; Sgt 1315569
    WORDSWORTH, CHARLES EDWARD; WO 562939

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    Default Anson N4966 Nr Garth,Denbighshire.

    That`s a great help.

    Thanks Malcolm.

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    Dave

    The ORB (2 SoAN / CNS) had the following to say:

    August 21st 1942, “Anson No N4966 crashed at Wrexham, W/O Wordsworth (pupil), Sgt Wapshott (staff pilot), Sgt Searle (pupil), and LAC Eckersley (crew) were killed.”

    It confirms the registrations of the other 3 deaths.
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    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for confirming crew & status. Would you happen to have a better location for the crash site?

    Regards
    Dave.

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    Sorry, I don't have anything else for the crash except that RAF Wrexham dealt with the accident but only recorded the burial of LAC Eckersley at Wrexham Cemetery in their ORB (on the 26th).
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    Default Anson N4966 Nr Garth,Denbighshire

    Hi Dave
    I was directed to this thread by a Roots Chatter. Do you have any additional info on the above crash?
    I recently discovered that John Francis Eckersley was my dad's 2nd cousin.
    Regards Paula

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    Evidently crashed on southern fringes of Ruabon Mt but that's a pretty rough area and very craggy. I don't think anyone has ever made a thorough search for wreckage.

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    Hi Paula,

    This is what I eventually found out on that Anson & crew:

    N4966
    CNS. (Central Navigation School)
    CRANAGE
    21/8/42.
    1 ML WEST OF GARTH,LLANGOLLEN, DENBIGHSHIRE. 125/ 24-42-
    Flew into hill in bad visibility, navigation exercise. Navex, crashed at 00.07 hrs. Flew too far west of intended track and into bad weather with drizzle & low mist. descended to l,200ft to obtain fix. All four crew killed. Aircraft Cat .E. Engines Cheetah IX 133205 & 133198. Accident cause put down to error in navigation on part of Navigator, Board concurs but also mentions pilot inexperienced on type at night. Only 9 hrs. He was married and lived at East Barnett,Hertfordshire, but was buried in Southgate Cemetery,Middlesex, possibly his native county. Sgt Searle was from Stoke Climsland and is buried in the All Saints churchyard extention there. W/O Wordsworth was from Chatham and is buried in Chatham (Maidstone Road) Cemetery and finally LAC Eckersley from Padiham,Lancashire was buried in Wrexham Cemetery. Pilot had flown a total of 250 hrs,181 of which were on Ansons.

    PILOT: SGT DENNIS ARMSTRONG WAPSHOTT. 656707. RAFVR (K)
    PUPIL: SGT HARRY DOIDGE SEARLE. 1315569. RAFVR. (K)
    PUPIL: W/O CHARLES EDWARD WORDSWORTH. 562939. RAF. (K)
    PUPIL: LAC JOHN FRANCIS ECKERSLEY. 639419. RAF. (K)

    Hope this helps.
    Regards
    Dave.

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