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    Default No.61 Air School - Anson 1157 - 4-11-1942

    Hello All,

    On 4-11-1942, the following airmen lost their lives in South Africa:

    120792 P/O (Pilot) Ernest Herbert CANARD RAFVR
    632146 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) William Edward ROSE RAF
    (Buried George Cemetery, C of E. Allotment)

    1348151 Sgt (Pilot) Henry Morrison BRUCE RAFVR
    130868 P/O (Pilot) James Cowie DONALD RAFVR
    (Buried George[York Street] Presbyterian Cemetery)

    It is known, that SAAF Anson 1157 'A', of No.61 Air School, George, crashed in low cloud and caught fire at Mount Pleasant, Glentona on 4-11-1942. (See: The Anson File/Sturtivant p.254).

    Where any/all of the abovenamed airmen involved in the loss of Anson 1157?

    All help appreciated.

    Col.

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    Brent, in 85 Years of SAAF, confirms all four were in 1157 (ex-R9822), though he states that Bruce died of injuries on the 8th (which does not tally with the CWGC entry og the 4th)

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    Hi Amrit,

    Thanks for clearing up this business on '1157'.

    Interesting information on Bruce as well. All four were mentioned in the same Casualty list (The Times, Wed, Feb. 3, 1943), as Killed on Active Service.

    Much appreciated,

    Col.

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    GRO Raf Deaths list them all as "61 AS"
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