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    Default 421019 - Unaccounted airman - 19-10-1942 (Africa)

    F/Sgt (WOp/Ag) Charles G. CROMBIE - RCAF R/65503, buried Fajara War Cemetery, West Africa. He may have been on board of a Wellington en route to North Africa, crashlanded on a beach in Gambia. Can't find a matching aircraft serial number. Also looking for a unit number.
    His name is in Casualty Communiqé 192, Flight 21-1-1943 as wounded or injured in action.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    The 'Charles CROMBIE', mentioned in Cas. Comm. 192, possibly:

    19/20-1-1943
    No.176 Sqn
    Beaufighter VI X8164

    Hit by return fire from Ki 21 and abandoned near Calcutta. (After destroying two [2] Ki 21s, and damaging a third, south of Calcutta).

    AUS404099 F/O (Pilot) Charles Arbuthnot CROMBIE RAAF Injured.
    800670 W/O (Obs.) Raymond Christopher MOSS Injured

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 25th November 2009 at 01:35. Reason: Minor correction

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    Col,
    Don't think so; an accident 19/20-1-1943 will not be published one day later in Flight 21-1-1943. Thanks for info on X8164 and its crew; will add this to my files.
    Regards,
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    Henk,

    Agree entirely.

    Having trouble viewing FlightGlobal. Just looked at Cas.Comm.192. Point taken.

    Col.

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    His Ontario death certificate states he:

    "Died 19-10-42 of injuries sustained 14-10-42 in air operations"
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Charles Gibsone Crombie was born 15 Nov 1918 in Montreal, Quebec, and died 19 Oct 1942 in Bathurst, British Gambia. He married Rosemary Joan Frankish.

    Son was Charles David Stuart Crombie, b. 19 Nov 1941, Toronto, Ontario, d. 3 Jan 1986, Toronto, Ontario.

    I will check newspapers later. My source is offline for the day.
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    Hello friends,
    Interesting news on CROMBIE. He may have been on Wellington VIII serial HX636 of 1 OADU, lost over sea off Cape Roxo 14-10-1942.
    Not listed in Vol.1 BL ME/Med (Temple/Gunby). Will send PM to David Gunby and ask for a reaction to this thread.
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    I am sorry I cannot help. This Wellington loss was not researched, because as a Mark VIII it fell outside our ambit, which was Bomber Losses.

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    Hello

    F/Sgt (WOp/Ag) Charles G. CROMBIE - RCAF R/65503 - his R.C.A.F. records include a post mortem report, for some reason, and that includes he following:

    Admitted to 35th W.A. General Hospital 15th October 1942
    Died in the 35th W.A. General Hospital 19th October 1942
    The man was involved in an air accident while in his way back to the UK [sic - see below]. The plane crashed at 1900 hours, on the 14th, when he was burned about the arms and legs. He and his companions were helped by the natives who bandaged their injuries and gave them shelter in their huts for the night. The men were rescued by sea plane the next morning at 11.00 hours.
    Death was due to septicaemia [and] multiple burns to the face, hands and legs.


    His Record of Service includes a note - Died of Injuries, 19/10/42. Wellington, in transit to M.E.

    A copy of the Form 765 (C) is included, which confirms he was injured in Wellington VIII HX636, which crashed on the beach at 12º 50'N, 16º 46'W at 20.50 hours on October 14th.

    The Wellington was flying from Gibraltar to Jeswang. Crew as follows:

    1st Pilot - 1385444 Sgt. R. Jackson, who died on October 16th 1942
    2nd pilot - 1261114 F/Sgt. H. Smallwood
    Nav. - A404886 J. Rogers, R.A.A.F.
    W/Op - Crombie
    A/G - 1270285 Sgt. D. A. Maile

    All are annotated as being injured. Report states that the 'crew made landfall too far south and became lost. Crew possibly mistook Jeswang S.I. beacons for Dakar headland on ASV.'

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    Simon

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