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    Default 07.06.45 F/Sgt W.A. HESLOP 131 Sqn

    Hello everyone,

    Some weeks ago, I started a new thread regarding a crash of 131 Sqn pilot on 06.04.45 (F/O E.F. MITCHELL). There is no accident card for this death, neither for the above pilot of the same unit who was killed in flying accident on 7 June 1945, I presume to be a Spitfire.

    Does anyone know in which aircraft they were both flying? I was thinking to a Spifire VIII at first but an alternative could be an Harvard as it seems that 131 Sqn did not receive its full allocation of Spitfires when stationned in India.

    Any info would be very appreciated.

    Thanks

    Phil

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    Phil, Hi,
    You will, no doubt, have seen the biography of AVM Heslop on the RAF Organisational website. It is an unusual surname.
    I am, by virtue of convoluted family circumstances, in contact with one of the sons of AVM Heslop. It may be that he has cogniscance of your W A Heslop? Would you wish me to pursue this enquiry further?
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter,

    Well, it would be very nice from you if you can get more details on William Heslop's death and if you think that he was a NoK of AVM Helsop.

    The ORB doesn't give much details either except that he was killed that day.

    Many thanks in advance

    Phil

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    Hi Phil,

    Long shot here!

    Re: 1333324 F/Sgt (Pilot) William Allan HESLOP RAFVR.

    No.131 Sqn was disbanded on 10-6-1945. Maybe Heslop had been posted/attached to another unit by then. Ferrying perhaps?

    (Spitfire) LF.VIII MT617 CHA M66

    9 MU 22-4-44
    215 MU 5-5-44
    "City of Agra' 30-5-44
    India 4-7-44
    136 Sqn
    273 Sqn
    10 FU

    Hit stones during forced-landing while lost near Bhivperrim 7-6-1945

    SOC 14-6-45

    Be interesting to see what GRO Deaths quotes as his unit.

    Col.

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    According to Cummings in Price of Peace there were no casualties in MT617

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm,

    I did say a "long shot".

    Thanks,

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th December 2009 at 07:04.

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    Hello everybody,

    What I can add, extracted from the ORB which is a bit sketchy for 1945, is the following :

    CASUALTIES : 1333324 F/Sgt HESLOP, W.A. was killed during a practice flight when his aircraft developed a mechanical defect and crashed.

    There is no date of the crash either, I found it in the CWGC site.

    Anyway, it seems that the squadron continued practicing until disbandment, mainly on Spitfires but possibly on Harvards too as I have understood that 131 Sqn did not get all its full allocation of Spitfires, probably a dozen only and may have received some aircraft on loan from other Spitfire squadrons.

    Phil

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    Hi, All,
    Regret that my HESLOP contact is unable to add anything more to what has already been broadcast on this net.
    Yrs Aye
    Peter Davies
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