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    Default Beaufighter T3037 Crash 8/1/1941 406 Sqn

    Hi all.

    I am seeking information on Beaufighter T3037 that crashed at Widdrington, Northumberland
    on the 8th of January 1942 while serving with 406 Squadron.

    I know the pilot was P/O Herbert Basil Wooler, who was commisioned on the 9th of August
    1941 (LG 12th September 1941), and had the number 103600 (1190610 prior to becoming
    P/O). The CWGC also state he was the "Son of Edmund Upton Wooler, and of Dorothy
    Gladys Wooler, of Halfway Tree, St. Andrew, Jamaica"

    Any furtehr information about Wooler, the rest of the crew, and what its task was when it
    crashed would be great.

    Johnnie
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    Hi Johnnie
    Air Britain T-Serials book has the crash as due to loss of control in cloud with a subsequent spin into the ground. The a/c was engaged on a GCI ( Ground Controlled Interception)Exerercise at the time. They don't give crew names but you might find them in Norman Franks Fighter Command Losses.
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    Probably TREVOR WILLIAMS


    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2965372

    Note same Sqn, date of death and fact Sergeant (W.Op./Obs.)

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    The book "Their Corner of a Foreign Field" by Peter Clark has a detailed account of this crash. I have a copy but not to hand so can't check the name of the other occupant. I will have a look tomorrow.

    However, I can tell you that the crash occurred at Stobswood Colliery near Widderington.

    Jim
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    I've just checked "Their Corner of a Foreign Field" (for some reason I hadn't thought about looking there) and the radar operator/observer was indeed Sgt Trevor Williams of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.

    I have also just been sent the movement card and loss card. It was issued to 19 MU on the 9/10/41 before joining 406 Squadron on the 28/12/41 so it was a very new aircraft.

    The loss card states:

    "INSTRUMENTS"
    Lost control in clouds. Spun into ground.
    O/C: Loss control whilst flying by instruments
    AOC: Not possible to determine whether the accident was
    caused by faulty instrument flying or an instrument
    failure owing to the extensive damage of the a/c

    Johnnie

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    Just realised who you are Johnnie, neglected to check the name of the original poster. Are you planning to include this in our book?

    A telephone call to Peter may produce a map reference but from memory I believe the site is now Stobswood Colliery.

    Jim
    Jim Corbett

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