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    Default Sgt. A J. Tait RAFVR 103 Sqd

    Looking for details leading to the loss of the following airman. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Peter


    Name: TAIT, ALAN JOHN
    Initials: A J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
    Age: 28
    Date of Death: 03/10/1943
    Service No: 1533637
    Additional information: Son of Robert and Margaret Tait; husband of Joy Olivia Tait, of Portstewart.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 203.
    Cemetery: WOODSCHAPEL (ST. JOHN) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD

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    Lancaster JB346, crashed during air test

    Sgt E J Andrews
    Sgt T H Clapp
    Sgt A J Tait
    Sgt W G Parker, RCAF
    Sgt H Featherstone
    Sgt S Otty


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    From Denis' Peaks District crashes site:

    Lancaster Mk.III JB346 of 103 Sqn, the aircraft, which was on an air test, crashed shortly after take off from Elsham Wolds.

    Lancaster Museum record has crash site as Turnpike Farm, Lincolnshire.

    http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_losses%20oct43.pdf
    David

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    Gentlemen,

    Many thanks for your replies, they are appreciated.

    Regards
    Peter

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    Peter,

    The crew of Sgt Andrews had recently arrived at the squadron. Andrews may have done a 'second dickie' trip, but I doubt it. In addition to the six men who perished in the crash the rear gunner, Sgt John Jones, was aboard the Lancaster and was the sole survivor. He is not listed in Chorley's BC Losses. Sgt Jones was badly injured, but recovered to be posted to other duties.

    Hope that is of interest,

    Sam

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