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    Does anyone have any additional information on the following crash, i.e. the crew

    18.2.44 Mosquito HK225 from 151 Squadron, crashed during GCI practice, crashed 5 miles from RAF Colerne.

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    Hi, RAF serials by Air Britain:

    Flew into ground at night, 1 1/2 m N of Tormarton, Glos, 18.2.44.

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    CASUALTY DETAILS

    Name: JACQUES, DEREK EDWARD
    Initials: D E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (Nav.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 151 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 18/02/1944
    Service No: 1394475
    Additional information: Son of Albert Edward and Winifred Amy Jacques; husband of Doris Jacques, of Bexley.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. E. Row 21. Grave 499.
    Cemetery: SIDCUP CEMETERY

    No details on pilot.

    Col.

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    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/kelsey.family/1944.htm

    February 18

    F/Sgt Smith (U.S.A.A.C.) and Sgt Jacques were both killed when their aircraft crashed about six miles from Colerne

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    The name Derrick E JACQUES age 22 is registered dead in the Sodbury district in Gloucestershire 1944, Vol 6a pg 334

    No other Der* Jacques for that year.

    The only Smith in 1944 in Sodbury is an infant Ivy Smith. However, I don't beleive that American Deaths were recorded on British Civil Death registers during the war although his rank is RAF. Also no returns for Smyth.

    I don't think any Smiths come up for this date using G Sullivan search engine for CWGC
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    I'll try find an American airman elsewhere
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Wings over Gloucestershire records 10601345 Sgt R Smith (American). killed, no mention of Jacques.

    Wings over Wiltshire records:

    "On Friday 18th February 1944 HK223 returning from a GCI practice, crashed 5.5 miles from Colerne. Tech/Sgt RA Smith USAAF and Sgt Derek E Jacques killed."

    As a point of interest, I believe that the minimum rank for pilot in the USAAF was warrant officer (flight officer) This suggests to me that Jacques was the pilot, but I stand to be corrected.

    regards

    DaveW
    Last edited by davew; 10th December 2009 at 09:58. Reason: correction of a fact

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